- 06 Dec 21
Although upcoming restrictions are set to have a major impact on the live music industry over the weeks ahead, here are the gigs still set to take place tonight...
Tomorrow, live music is set to take another major blow – with attendance at indoors venues being capped at 50% of the total capacity, as part of new restrictions announced on Friday. The gigs will also have to be fully seated, with face coverings worn except when eating or drinking. Nightclubs, meanwhile, will have to close completely. For many venues and event organisers, these restrictions will make gigs difficult or impossible to run over December.
Over the days ahead, stayed tuned to hotpress.com for further details about updated plans and rescheduled events.
Ahead of these restrictions coming into force tomorrow, however, here are some of the gigs still set to go ahead tonight:
The Coronas: Cork Opera House, Cork
The first of The Coronas' scheduled two nights at the Cork Opera House will go ahead as planned tonight – though the Tuesday night show will have to be rescheduled: "We tried our best to see if we could make it work somehow under the new restrictions but it's just not possible," the band wrote on Twitter.
The band were also set to play four nights at 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin this month (Dec 16–19), as well as gigs in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar (Dec 27) and the INEC Arena, Killarney (Dec 28) – while will have to be rescheduled.
Today, The Coronas have announced new shows for this December, under the banner 'True Love Prevails'. The new gigs fit into the new government restrictions – with four performances at 50% capacity in 3Olympia Theatre. Two gigs will be held on Thursday (Dec 16) and two will be held on Friday (Dec 17), at 6pm and 9pm each night.
David Keenan: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Our recent flip-cover star David Keenan will play Cyprus Avenue in Cork tonight, as he tours his acclaimed latest album, What Then? The Dundalk singer-songwriter will be supported by special guest Paddy Dennehy.
"Howling at Luna, generating optimism and venting frustration as new restrictions mean more disappointment," Keenan, who was set to play a string of Irish gigs, including 3Olympia Theatre on December 12, wrote on Instagram. "I don't know what lies ahead regarding gigs beyond [tonight in Cork], when I know more I'll let you all know."
Malaki: The Academy, Dublin
Fresh from a string of acclaimed Irish shows, Malaki plays a sold-out gig at The Academy in Dublin tonight. Although the show was originally scheduled for December 9, the Dublin rapper brought the date forward due to the new restrictions.
"For most people this will be their last indoor gig for a very long time," he wrote on Instagram. "So let's have one more fucking blow out and come together as a community!"
The Australian Pink Floyd Show: 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Tonight, The Australian Pink Floyd Show – a tribute band so impressive they were even asked by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration – will be coming to 3Olympia Theatre as planned, for a full-capacity gig.
For their scheduled show tomorrow, however, the band have announced they'll now be playing two shows – with doors for the first show opening at 6pm and doors for the second show opening at 9.30pm.
Big Love: The Workman’s Club, Dublin
Hotly tipped Irish band Big Love – made up of Cian Ó Maonlaí (lead vocals), Jack Cody (guitar/vocals), Megan Nic Ruairí (keys/vocals), Dan Aherne (bass), Anton Shovlin (drums) and Adam Curtis (lead guitar) – will be playing their highly anticipated headline show at The Workman's Club tonight. Doors are at 8pm, with Adam Mohamed announced as the special guest.
"We are feeling beyond lucky that our gig in The Workman's Club is STILL going ahead," Big Love wrote on Instagram. "Let's pack the place up. We've been rehearsing all year for this moment.
"The last gig before restrictions so get your tickets and let's have a party."
Niwel Tsumbu’s Heartbeat: The Sugar Club, Dublin
Presented as part of the Afrobeat Series – from Improvised Music Company, Choice Cuts and Dublin Council – Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu brings his own distinctive fusion of new jazz, rhumba, world, flamenco, rock, soukous and classical music to the Sugar Club tonight.
Revisit Niwel Tsumbu's recent interview with Hot Press here.
Christy Moore: Vicar Street, Dublin
Tonight will be the final full-capacity show in Christy Moore's highly anticipated run of gigs in Vicar Street this year. All ticket-holders for his shows in the Dublin venue on December 8, 14 & 16, and January 3 & 9 will be refunded.
However, tickets for reduced capacity shows (on December 14 & 16 and January 3 & 9) will be going on sale on Tuesday, December 7, at 9am.
Shelley Bukspan: The Grand Social, Dublin
Following the release of her debut album, The Bronx Age, last month, lauded artist Shelley Bukspan – who's also Head of Vocals at BIMM Dublin – plays The Grand Social in Dublin tonight. The album is made up of deeply personal songs, written over a 15-year period.
Doors are at 7pm sharp, with special guest Dandelion kicking off proceedings.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: 3Arena, Dublin
Before they head to the SSE Arena in Belfast tomorrow, musical duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe play the 3Arena tonight – for their first ever show together in Dublin.
The pair released the collaborative festive album, Together At Christmas, last year.
Anna Mieke: The Loft, Galway
Following her lauded Dublin headliner last week, Anna Mieke plays Galway tonight. Although the show was initially set to go ahead in the Róisín Dubh, it will now take place in The Loft on Bridge St.
Listen to the renowned singer-songwriter perform 'Warped Window' – which featured in the first episode of Normal People – for Other Voices below: