Sun 21 Apr
Tim Allen
 + Christina Lourenzo
 + Certificate X + Unicorn Hunters
 + The Sickboy Method + The Stray Hounds
Easter Sunday Matinee North Meets South No Barriers Music Festival:  Unicorn Hunters – ‘We’re the gypsy, the subliminal message, the girls in the short skirts, the razor blade, a bag of what you need.’…ha!..ok then, this Sheff band have a  psych tinged stoner grunge vibe- nicely weighted heaviosity and interesting ideas with timings and arrangements to keep you on yer toes, but when the vox hit it gets more punky, a bit Lydon…via Noddy Holder! Grand… Cristina Lourenzo – Brazillian folk sung in Portugese – acoustic, voice and strings, sweet oft times melencholic but mellow vibes that put you in mind of a female Nick Drake. Certificate X- Punk covers act from Sheff doing stuff like ‘Overkill’, 999’s ‘Emergency’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Girls’ by UK Subs and so on. Ferocity and ability to the fore, plus a respect for the ace material.  Linda Em – nicely atmospheric torch song elements with a Jacques Brel vibe delivered in the manner of a pop friendly Marianne Faithful…definitely some great art being crafted here by Ms Em. Irish folk music with a difference. North Ridge –  4 piece cover band from Sheffield. Perform their ace set with an interesting twist on popular songs. Foo fighters, The Jam, Bon Jovi, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereophonics and loads more…Tim Allen– from Preston, Lancs via New Zealand, Hangar 18 main man Tim is jetting in to Londres just to play for us- well something like that. Great  to host him today anyways, his ‘intergalactic rock’ being very hot to trot right across the Asia Pacific Region… performing today with his two younger brothers…. Doors 3pm
Dublin Castle

Doors from 3
£6/£5 on the door
Tue 23 Apr
Redrock Jam
 + Open Mic Night
 + Thomas Ebri's Band
REDROCK JAM Open mic night  07:45-11:00 Sign up 07:45 limited slots, all styles welcome.  Featured band: Thomas Ebri’s Band
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Thu 25 Apr
Perry Lane – A rock band with classic rock leanings but with a Stuart Copeland– esque drummer and a bit of ivory tinkling to give it a neo prog feel at times, so Led Zep via The Police through a prog lens, a bit of Yes with Steve Howe at his gnarliest maybe. Fab work.
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Fri 26 Apr
The Joneses (play the music of The Smiths)
 + Stone Thief
 + Mary Maple
The Joneses The eagerly anticipated return of this fantastic tribute to The Smiths . Expect classics from The Smiths back catalogue as well as a number of deep cuts as they recreate a Smiths live show like no-one else can. The Joneses will be joined by Stone Thief (@stonethiefUK) who’ll be playing music with a unique sound a sharp edge that includes everything from Jimi Hendrix, to Counting Crows. Mary Maple– Zippy punk pop from Sweden, infectiously hooky tunes that reference Weezer and The Ramones, without sounding that much like either. Fab Attachments area
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 27 Apr
Curtis (Joy Division tribute)
 + Cowboy Flying Saucer
 + Sister Mercedes
Curtis And A New Dark Age– As we approach 40 years since the death of Ian Curtis (fooking hell, Closer is getting Further) here we have another Joy Division tribute, yeah tribute acts are largely naff but this is the 5th JD trib we’ve entertained in the DC coz let’s face it there’s something remarkable about even attempting the post Warsaw sound…you may say no tribute will ever totally nail the Joy Div sound but this gets mighty, mighty close than most, and yer actual Curtis is pretty believable, and the rest of band certainly have nailed the sound but haven’t insulted us by troubling too much over the look. Gotta be a great night out, albeit a dark one. Cowboy Flying Saucer- ‘Cowboy Flying Saucer is an incarnation spawned from a conversation in a Walthamstow pub. An experimental vehicle for sonic fun and adventure. Influences: time, space, electricity, tardigrades, God Saves The Earth Flying Saucer Foundation, The Middle Ages, smoke blackened paper, spring reverb, hypnosis, isolation, beer, celestial bodies, insects, rebounding objects, internal ramblings, dreams ‘To these ears also The Fall, early Stereolab, The Monochrome Set and the more esoteric end of Joe Meek – very Fall vocally, nicecheaps keys and FX and clunking chords. Great! Sister Mercedes- Ex Junkbox / The Intolerable Kidd & Friends and The Lonesome Cowboys from Hell. They live in London where they hone their witty gritty never shitty garage informed punky pop. 
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Tue 30 Apr
Redrock Jam
 + Open Mic Night
 + Saw
REDROCK JAM Open mic night  07:45-11:00 Sign up 07:45 limited slots, all styles welcome.  Featured band: Saw
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Wed 1 May
Steve Lamacq
 + Going Deaf For A Living
 + Rock N Roll Book Club
The Legend that is Steve Lamacq comes to The Dublin Castle for Rock N Roll Book Club care of Bug Bear – from being Attila the Stockbroker‘s roadie to early fanzine triumphs, the former NME scribe discovered so many hot bands in the post punk/indie diaspora he had to go on and set up the very respectable Deceptive Records. From his superb roster there (Elastica, Scarfo, Earl Brutus, Collapsed Lung)to being THE BBC Radio 6 Music drive time staple (can you imagine anyone else in that slot?- ‘course not)….. and thus to Going Deaf for a Living, his long awaited memoir. It’s excellent is the word on the street. Diarize baby.
Dublin Castle

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£8 on the door
£6 in advance
Thu 2 May
Miceberg-Skewed Indie rock or wonky pop if you like..influenced by Nirvana and Queen apparantly, you can detect certain elements of Nirvanawith  it’s slacker-grunge sound, but maybe not Queen, interesting and compelling stuff though, has a certain charm and doesn’t really sound like anyone out there, due to it’s out-there-ness.‘Better than Gay Dad’ – Nick Crowe Gay Dad‘More hooks than a Cornish fishing village’ – Simon Edge Attitude ‘Miceberg put lead in your pencil.’ Sean Keaveny BBC Radio 6 Music’Sharp as a tack, smooth as silk’ Lauren Laverne BBC Radio 6 Music CuriousHour- Catchy Female fronted blues infused rock with a wash of Psychedelia Mad Chen 84-Bonkers free form artnik stuff with elements of Faust, Beefheart, Slap Happy, The Fall.. quite varied from skronky sax riff outs to plaintive navel watching and robotic riddim based backgrounds for narrative numbers.
Dublin Castle

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£6/£5 on the door
Fri 3 May
Royaltee- a bright and breezy take on glammed out rock with a Kasabian meets 80s Cure indie rock feel, plenty of energy and dynamism, and some forays into ferocious hard rock. Rock and Roll fo sho. . Mental Rest  – swaggering hard rock with a keening impassioned vocal- one foot in old school commercial rock  (Purple, Bad Company, but actually mostly Monser Magnet) and a bit of that Foos thang ….plenty of MC5 influence too which is always very welcome. The Knevil Dead – dark neo goth psych rock somewhere between The Fuzztones at their darkest and artrock kit from Deus to The Young Gods though always with an element of playful experimentation and envelope pushing. Slightlykilld-Female fronted indie rock from Moscow, there’s an undercurrrent of electro but also early Shoegaze, Curve and Cranes, neat.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 4 May
The Dekkertones
 + Special Guest DJ
The DekkerTones are an accomplished 9 piece Ska/Trojan/Reggae/2Tone covers band. With Tina & Mick on vocals and full horn section they are able to deliver a wide range of some the best classic ska and reggae tunes for a night of great ska entertainment. The DekkerTones have been playing regularly all over the South Midlands, East Anglia & South East England for the last 4 years and have played at some of the top ska festivals. Playing authentic ska, and  rudeboy reggae ( skinhead reggae, boss reggae, whatever you prefer! ) and featuring full brass front line and a nicely skanking rockstead vibe ‘Sweet Soul Music’….’Hurts So Good’…’Everything I Own’ . Lots of great somgs. A fabulous night out. 
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Sun 5 May
The Filthy Tongues
 + Special Guests
 + Katherine Aly
The Filthy Tongues-Dirty post punk and grinding poetic folk rock full of noirish but playful potency. A Scottish band who have been around since the ’80s  featuring ex members of Goodbye Mr McKenzie, you’d maybe compare this to Nick Cave on first listen but actually have far more in common with Crime And The City Solution and The Triffids if you must go all Antipodean with your indie noir references. Guaranteed though, is that this is truly great stuff,  with nuances of Iggy, Johnny Cash, Wire….but always utterly Filthy Tongues in realization, with the assured Boheme of Martin Metcalfe at the fore, Scots accent thankfully intact, as tales of woe and wonder are woven.  “These songs wrap themselves around you like a warm blanket and effortlessly soothe your soul.” Katherine Aly has been involved with many musical projects in Scotland’s capital, including Hidden Door Festival, various art projects and as the lead singer of shoegaze band, Lilac Melt. She has collaborated with many UK-based musicians/bands, including Baby Taylah, Glassmasterer, False Bliss, Midi Paul and Sheltering Waves. Her melody-driven music is a multi-genre experimentation with ethereal, lyrical elements and dreamy ambience. Superb.  This show is the launch of her single ‘The Skin I’m Made Of’.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Tue 7 May
Redrock Jam
 + Open Mic Night
 + The Bellparty Frontier
REDROCK JAM Open mic night  07:45-11:00 Sign up 07:45 limited slots, all styles welcome.  Featured band – The Bellparty Frontier
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Wed 8 May
Morton Lava– Neo-folk with an electro interface, soulfull and nicely understated, reminds of Beck but through a modern day indie lens Midnight Swimmers-mixing powerful psychedelic stretching out ephemeral gear with some shoegaze/nugaze dynamics…pretty groovy..a hint of Cure like noirish pop and pout here. Monk 9-Experimental Urban space rock played by tripped out Monk  types from the u.s.a
Dublin Castle

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£6/£5 on the door
Fri 10 May
The Stukas – highly loved at the time so needless to say even more loved now they’re back- our very favourite Germanic fighter plane cum original reformed new wave / powerpop act. ‘Sport, Sport I love Sport, Running And Jumping I’m A Physical Sort’ …not many, cranked up for mods, rockers, punks and everybody else come to that. Great! The Sha La La’s – Psych-mod groovers embracing something of Paul Weller‘s mid ’90’s stuff via Spencer Davis Group, and they sure are seasoned players, have the chops, and are a stunningly good live proposition The Subterranean Gentlemen– a nifty modernist turn who also contain some members of The Stukas.
Dublin Castle

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£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Sat 11 May
Lord Numb- Iggy, Bowie,Bauhaus and Wire get given a hard rock guitar kicking tempered with some cutting electronica and rumblesome dubby drum and bass workouts. Rock And Roll is not only alive but thriving in the hands of discerning artists coz Numb is The Nuts Hercules II- All star all noisenik heroes of London Grunge and Lurch and general post punk mayhem Herc 2 (named after the Steptoe and Son horse natch)  return to lay down slabs of multi layered noise on a Sabs and Sunn O meets Stooges via Wooden Shjips tip. It’s a beautiful psychedelic slab of sound that’s gonna whack you round the head, beatifically. LegPuppy– Storming punked up electro with attitude and decent hook laden tunes “Beautifully formed one chord driven satirical punk”(BBC Introducing) “Leg Puppy are the rising noise on the UK scene, and you better be ready to listen, because they have something to say.” (Brash Magazine) “Power, energy and sonic diversity” (Louder Than War).  Petty Cassettes –  mode-ish,  modish indie band from Scotland. Look good, play with conviction and passion. Tapping into their forebears- Orange Juice, Josef K for sure, early Teenage Fanclub too…nicely raw and raucous but melodic indie with a 1960s tinge. This lot look like they NEED to do it, and  good to hear the Scots accent thoroughly in tact too. Love it when they punk out on the choruses.  Great.
Dublin Castle

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£8/£6 on the door
Sun 12 May
Lach
 + Special Guests
Lach… founder of the Antifolk movement, with a clutch of albums and a BBC Radio 4 ‘The Lach Chronicles’ also under his witty command, and is also of course a published poet.  “Lach is a beat-punk-unplugged joy, and likely to send you home with several favourite new songs”- The Guardian. “Lach’s great!” – Bob Dylan  “He’s f*cking funny!” – Nikki Sixx (Motley Crüe) “I got his songs on my driving tape.” – David Johannsen (The NY Dolls) “Lach is incredibly bright, influential, funny, and he’s got his own, sort of, counter-culture charm. He is part of New York folklore.”-Suzanne Vega  
Dublin Castle

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£8 on the door
£6 in advance
Tue 14 May
Redrock Jam
 + Open Mic Night
 + THEA
REDROCK JAM Open mic night  07:45-11:00 Sign up 07:45 limited slots, all styles welcome.  Featured band – THEA
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Wed 15 May
'North Americans Come!..'
 + Resonance
 + Trash Hawks + Thadeus Gonzalez
North American’s Come! Resonance-Trio from San Fransisco via London doing stripped down snappy blues rock with a soupcon of funk, bit of a Lenny Kravitz vibe in places. Trash Hawks-  Canadian slacker psych pop- joyful and uplifting it is too like a kind of Pavement/Monkees hybrid if you can picture that- maybe more Lovin’ Spoonful than Monkees actually…anyway take a lot of post grunge/alt pop reference points but very much do their own slipperly, slink slightly sleazy adult pop with em…puts me in mind of The Undertones circa PositiveTouch too which is a great place to be. Excellent! The debut EP Piña Piñata Colada has been steadily building recognition for their brand  and are over in the UK to perform at The Great Escape and FOCUS Wales . Thadeus Gonzalez -Oakland-based singer/songwriter Thadeus Gonzalez has earned international critical acclaim, and has been called “a front man to watch” with “an arena looking and sounding attitude.” A credible songwriter and guitar player, Thadeus released his well-received debut solo record, Utopian Society in 2014. His second solo record, Silver Inside, was released in January 2018. The title single earned national radio and video play. Thadeus has opened for KISS, Motley Crue, Slash, and Bon Jovi.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Thu 16 May
Bronco- female fronted indie  with country/folk/psych leanings melding  beautiful pop melodies and edgy psychedelic guitars with fast paced riffs and intense and introspective vocals.. Shanghai- Sort of lad rock but laid back…laid rock?!  Think a lounge version of Oasis…strange but true. OK,  things do get attitude full on and energized, and they become exponents of classic scally rock with a nice garage vibe…more La’s than Oasis ultimately. Good tunes. Angus Munro- Catchy uplifting tunes Rufus Wanwright springs to mind but so do the likes of Billy Joel and there’s a bit of a jeff lynn vibe arrangement-wise.He’s also got a great voice, all good Leisure McCorkle-Suited and booted  chap with guitar outta Missouri U.S with some pretty neat songs in the vein of early Elvis Costello , a bit of Paul Mcartney and possibly Don Henley… ‘an intellectual, emotionally engaged troubadour. You could say he is something of an anthropologist, and you’d be right. Leisure is a cognitive and evolutionary anthropologist with his guitar and without it’  
Dublin Castle

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Fri 17 May
Hands Of Industry- Hooky indie electro, harks back to early Human League, especially the vocals, keys are on a depeche mode trip and there’s some nice solid live drums. There’s a bit of a goth element too Sister Of Mercy in particular. Vianne- is a London based project rooted in a similar musical territory to the likes of Zero 7, The Cinematic Orchestra, José González and alt-J. With soaring top line melodies over the smooth guitar-infused peninsular; Vianne is the soundtrack to your sobering journey home. Queen Of Uncool- All female alt rock trio with an electro interface, reminds of Queen Adrena in paces, but pretty much their own sound, decent tunes too Alphawaves-Dynamic alt rock with plenty in the way of melody but rocks admirably too influeced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Beatles, Nirvana, Motorhead and The Who.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 18 May
Modraphenia
 + 1 O'Clock Sirens
 + Leftovers
MODRAPHENIA are a band formed by real Mods of a certain age, each of whom has a genuine passion for performing many of the Mod anthems from yesteryear up to and including the revival period of the early 1980’s. Songs by The Small Faces, The Four Tops, The Who, The Kinks, The Beatles, Paul Weller and other Motown classics are brilliantly reproduced with a vibrant dynamic passion. The band is formed of musicians who could never quite let the excitement of the Mod scene go. This shows through when you hear them play the music that shaped the Mod lifestyle. Mod is an attitude and a way of life that defies time. Hearing music played like this will fill you with joy, make you sing along, dance and hopefully forget about life for a while. MODRAPHENIA are the real deal and they look forward to kicking up a sweat and making you dance your button downs off once again in the Dublin Castle, a perfect setting for a Modfest. Believe all the hype ‘cos it’s true, they ARE brilliant…Plus ..1 o’clock Sirens,   young modernist indie band outta Sheffield as are Leftovers,  + DJs from 7.30pm sharp. 
Dublin Castle

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£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Sun 19 May
Frank Secich
 + Circumstantial Evidence
 + Special Guests + Roots and Shoots Of Punk America DJ Set
Frank Secich‘s book ‘Circumstantial Evidence’ has arrived just in time to chime with the Stiv Bators movie  doing the rounds right now, so Stiv’s right hand man from early/pre Dead Boys days will be on hand tonight to both perform iconic songs, tell some great tales and conduct a short Q and A element with Bugbear in the style of the amazing Sylvain Sylvain event we gave you last Summer. Frank Secich’s memoirs of his rock and roll adventures and life experiences recount the stories of his time with such great American groups as Blue Ash, The Dead Boys, The Stiv Baters Band, Club Wow right up to the present with The Deadbeat Poets. Frank has encountered and rubbed shoulders with many interesting people along the way and he shares his stories with you. He certainly has many remarkable tales to tell of his rock and roll life and beyond. NB MATINEE INTO EARLY EVENING SHOW
Dublin Castle

Doors from 3
£8 on the door
£6 in advance
Thu 23 May
The Glass Mountains
 + The Tupelos
 + Mississippi McDonald
The Glass Mountains – For a UK Americana-Country band, London’s The Glass Mountains are constantly being compared to Nashville’s finest. And while the band are more than happy their songs are hailed worthy of Music City, The Glass Mountains aren’t looking to Tennessee for inspiration. Since forming in late 2016, The Glass Mountains have refused to be hemmed in by popular perceptions and definitions of country music. The band, whose name refers to the London skyline and the invisible barriers between rich and poor communities, say their songs are just as likely to feature inner-city life as dirt roads and pickup trucks. In fact, if you don’t even like country music, chances are you’ll love this band.”A debut with true Nashville stylings…the record benefits from how tight the band are as live performers” – MAVERICK MAGAZINE  “Never Been To Nashville EP”The Tupelos –  channel power pop and US college rock into their own brand of Americana. Never using four minutes when will three will do. Influences from R.E.M and Sugar to Teenage Fanclub, Wilco, Son Volt  and all the usual alt-country suspects. “A debut with true Nashville Mississippi MacDonald –  is a 3 times British Blues Awards nominee, from London, England. He has been playing since he was 11 years old and has travelled extensively on the US blues trail, meeting, amongst others, Pinetop Perkins, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Otis Clay and BB King. Mississippi’s albums, “Dress For The Money” and “American Accent” reached number 1 and 3 respectively in the UK IBBA Blues Charts. American Accent was one of the top 10 IBBA albums of 2016, and was the “Blues Is Back” Album of the Year, 2017. BluesMagazine.NL: “Mississippi MacDonald has turned out an excellent, searing album that simply rocks and roars along from start to finish” WA Blues Society: “Mississippi seamlessly blends his blues with elements of R&B and country making for a unique sound. Very highly recommended”
Dublin Castle

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£6/£5 on the door
Fri 24 May
Lanes – Aspirational high emotion indie with reference points to all the big hitters of the last 25 – 30  years (Oasis, The Verve, The La’s etc) but with an attitude and style all their own. Lover – Female fronted sassy new wave and ’90s pop amalgam rocking some Blondie, Garbage and Patti Smith influences via a modicum of dance orientated Talking Heads quirk. Bad Mood-Classy slowburning alt-rock outta Liverpool, bluesy, edgy tunes with a soupcon of Grunge and plenty in the way of hooks/tunes. Fine work. “Tunes often start on a brilliant bass line and turn taut on false finishes, tempo changes and the stutter-and-awe of a tightly wound Telecaster. The twin guitar attack sounds great, all sturm und drang, while the tunes themselves take on the times we’re living in.” (Liverpool echo) New Ash Green- Dreamy old school indie, really catchy and dare I say pretty tunes, makes you think of Chameleons, though a bit less bleakly post punk…see also Shack , very nice
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 25 May
SPINNER
 + The Ovines
 + The Theme + Martha Makes Mistakes
Spinner– Hooky psychedelic rock ifluenced by the likes of The Who, The Doors, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Pink Floyd. But also classic indie Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, The Verve, Kasabian..Fab. Spinner have hooked up with Bugbear tonite to curate an evening of Kentish kool also starring The Ovines, The Theme and Jess Mason-Wilkes. Music for the Garden of England….
Dublin Castle

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£8/£6 on the door
Wed 29 May
Karkosa-Birmingham based indie rockers, driving tunes bristling with energy and actual choruses!! Nods to Catfish and The Bottlemen in places. Raul and the Rockets-Dynamic 70’s sounding art-rock, think Bowie circa man who sold the world, really strong tunes and a standout lead vocal. Monty Taft- Slowburning grunged up folk noire with a delta blues feel, compelling stuff.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Thu 30 May
Caskets-London four piece straddling metal, doom and grunge. Think thick, dripping slabs of Alice in Chains swagger punctuated by bursts of High on Fire aggression. Snarling vocals battle blistering guitar riffs as monolithic bass licks grind out an unstoppable path beneath a punishing volley of drums BlissedExplosive Brit rock with plenty of balls outta Manchester- Pistols like Panzer Division guitars meets a bit of indie scally Great stuff. Hunted By Elephants-Inspired by the rock classics of the 70s, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep and Rainbow Hunted By Elephants are a high-energy trio renewing the time-honoured union of soaring vocals, growling riffs and energising drum beats.
Dublin Castle
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Fri 31 May
The Irregulars – ska/reggae covers, with emphasis on the rocksteady and boss reggae flavas…for example a very nice take on The Wailers’ Simmer Down..so not all the usual 2 tone staples (oops no pun intended) going down here…but they do those too!…Damn fine weekender party band for sure.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Fri 7 Jun
Rory And The Island
 + Dublin Castle Weekender
Rory And The Island – Traditional Irish fiddle leads the way with this remarkably party friendly music fronted by the suave, behatted son of Donegal, Rory Gallagher. Rory was formally the frontman of Donegal indie rock band The Revs who had 2 top 5 albums in Ireland during the early noughties. Embracing the feelgood beach culture Rory has found in his travels, a bit of modern day singer songwriter sweetness and the aforementioned trad Irish element, all in all a joyous aspirational package. Fabulous stuff that will really get you and yer crew partying heartily, care of the Summery reggae and Afropop touches in the tunes. All so beautifully positive and smile inducing…NB Strictly limited weekender tickets at £20 for both nights are available at www.wegottickets.com. Only 50 covers so buy now!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£20 on the door
£12.50 in advance
Sat 8 Jun
Rory And The Island
 + Dublin Castle Weekender
Rory And The Island – Traditional Irish fiddle leads the way with this remarkably party friendly music fronted by the suave, behatted son of Donegal, Rory Gallagher. Rory was formally the frontman of Donegal indie rock band The Revs who had 2 top 5 albums in Ireland during the early noughties. Embracing the feelgood beach culture Rory has found in his travels, a bit of modern day singer songwriter sweetness and the aforementioned trad Irish element, all in all a joyous aspirational package. Fabulous stuff that will really get you and yer crew partying heartily, care of the Summery reggae and Afropop touches in the tunes. All so beautifully positive and smile inducing… NB Strictly limited weekender tickets at £20 for both nights are available at www.wegottickets.com. Only 50 covers so buy now!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£12.50 on the door
£20 in advance
Sat 15 Jun
Ball Of Fire!
 + The Estimators
 + Petty Thieves + Rocksteady Rockas
 + DJs
Ball Of Fire Club hosted by and starring The Estimators– taking a more authentic, pre punk, pre roots reggae approach to all things ska, this highly accomplished band truly specialize in nice vibes, proper old school Skatalites/Prince Buster stylee,  echoing the swing and sass of early rocksteady and rudeboy reggae tooons. Some choice JA covers and some fine originals, a wonderful reading of the genre! The Petty Thieves – super sassy six piece sleazy Reggae/Ska/Funk band from the dirty suburbs of Medway. It ain’t all dirty garage punk out there, fabulous skanking fun. Rocksteady Rockas – wonderful rocksteady/rudeboy reggae outfit with a sweet, effortless sound and just a lickle bit of grit in the oyster, just as we like it.
Dublin Castle

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£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Fri 21 Jun
 Leah Vee ∞ 71.30Rapper, soul siren, teacher, empowered female example to the yoot dem- all here in Leah Vee’s wonderful lyricism and spiritually imbued nu soul and trippy Brithop vehicle. Beautifully wrought head music for the heart. The Reformers- Spritely twisty turny alterno guitar pop with a skanking punkinesss…in fact they’re a ska band (originals mind) but a very punky one- as if 1st album Clash were playing ska basically Elbrano-Groove rock but played at a fair old clip, there’s a early Thrash Metal element at play here and the soulful vocal nods to yer more cerebral grunge, prog breakdowns too, a pretty unique sound lots going on but never loses the plot. All held together with decent hooks/melodies and incisive playing.
Dublin Castle
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£7/£5 on the door
Sat 22 Jun
Spizz Energi
 + Art Trip And The Static Sound
 + Jordan : Defying Gravity: Jordan's Story + (RNR Book Club Extra)
 + DJs We Got Killers
The Annual Midsummer Spizz Party starring Spizz Energi is now on it’s 7th or is it 8th year? Where’s Captain Kirk? Right here, with his brilliant rocking band and enough punk n roll joy to give Spock a giggling fit. Not to be missed…and even more so this year. Because…Art Trip And The Static Sound are also performing tonight. Iggy Pop’s favourite band next to Sleaford Mods (or maybe Skinnggirl Diet…) it would appear, and quite right too…superb amalgamation as it is of white noise guitar shreddings, beefy bottom end bass, skittering, skittling percussion and the upfront presence of vocalist Melodie Holiday. Here’s where the contemporary realization of she punk is at it’s most striking-the root of Poly Styrene, Ari Up, Siouxsie et al. Or Jordan…talking of whom…THE REAL Jordan will be joining us ce soir.  ‘Defying Gravity: Jordan’s Story’: RocknRoll Book Club Extra has been especially lined up just for YOU the discerning admirer of punk icons.  ‘Defying Gravity: Jordan’s Story’ is just out (or will be!) and we’ll be interviewing Jordan live on stage and inviting you to pose a question, get a selfie with, get your books signed by the Seditionaries and Sex Goddess and ultimate Queen of The Ants. Punk’s not dead, it’s IMMORTAL! DJs We Got Killers – Special Punk Gourmet Set. NOT the obvious selections guaranteed. Connoisseurs  Choice! Til 2am.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Fri 12 Jul
Blyth Power
 + Barnstormer 1649
 + Attila The Stockbroker
A long overdue return to London together for Blyth Power, Barnstormer and Attila.  The evening will open with a solo spoken word set from Attila the Stockbroker, followed by a set from Barnstormer 1649, and finishing with Blyth Power. Attila the Stockbroker – Social surrealist performance poetry, energetic acoustic songs, punk rock with medieval tinges! Barnstormer 1649 – Roundhead Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll. Crumhorn, cornemuse, shawm, bombarde, five different recorders, violin,viola, mandola and mandocello. Plus guitar, bass, drums and words of course. Music for Diggers and Ranters – the sound of 1649 in 2018! Blyth Power – Formed in late 1983 by singer/drummer Joseph Porter, Blyth Power remains one of the most original and innovative bands around, and one of the prime features about the band is their all-consuming individuality. They have a strikingly identifiable and personalized sound built around Joseph’s epic songs, with their colourful personnel, exotic story-lines and crashing, impassioned choruses.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Sat 31 Aug
John Rossall's Glitter Band
 + SLADY
John Rossall is a founding member of The Glitterband, the silver clad powerhouse behind the disgraced one we don’t need to bother with anymore…it’s all about these guys. This is John Rossall’s glorious Glitter Band, and now they’re even better, augmented by Hello’s Bob Bradbury plus the very glam-orous Mrs B  on sassy sax…So prepare yourself for an uninhibited,  joyous journey through their amazing run of superb 1970s defining hit singles. And what a primal, mould breaking, magnificent pop noise they made in their 1970s heyday…check the record… Rock And Roll Part 2, I love You Love, Angel Face, Hello Hello I’m Back Again, Just For You…so many more!…loads of ace numbers…so here’s a reet treat for you all. The Glitterband playing all them fabulous numbers again, book early! Let’s Get Together Again…plus brilliantly appropriate support from SLADY – who are: Gobby – Singer/Guitarist, Jem Lea – Bass, Donna Powell – Drummer, Davina Hill – Lead Guitar/Singer- Yes!! An all female Slade tribute band! What’s not to adore. C’mon Feel The Noize…
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£15 on the door
£9 in advance
Thu 26 Sep
Diamond Dogs
 + Special Guests
Diamond Dogs- RELOAD, REWIND & RECALL ROCK N ROLL “The glam boogie blue-eyed soul rockers Diamond Dogs are back to set things straight!” After the loss of saxophone player and longtime band member Magic Gunnarsson (who died in a drowning accident 2014) Sulo and the rest of Diamond Dogs called it a day. They released the album “Quitters & Complainers” 2015 and went on a farewell tour ending in Oviedo in October together with Iggy Pop. Since then Sulo’s released 3 solo albums, working with Chris Spedding, Paul Young, The Crunch etc and the rest of the members been busy with other projects. During this time a lot of Diamond Dogs gig requests have been dropping in from all over the world and when they found out that 4 of the 10 previous studio albums have been out of stock for a long time and unavailable as down loads they started to make a plan. Sulo & Honk (Henrik Widen), the remaining original members thought it was time to set things straight and release “that” compilation they’ve been talking about for many years. One thing led to another and soon “RECALL ROCK & ROLL”(Cargo Records) will be available, a double album including 30 tracks. 25 old and 5 brand new. At the same time Cargo Records will re-release 4 previous albums on vinyl/Cd & download. The albums are “As your greens turn brown” “Too much is always better than not enough” “That’s the juice I’m on” And the split album with legendary US Punkrock singer Jeff Dahl. “Atlantic Crossover”. DIAMOND DOGS 2019 are Sulo – Lead vocals Lars Karlsson-Guitar Martin Thomander (ex Electric Boys)-Guitar, Backing vocals  Henrik “Honk” Widen – Keys, Backing vocals  Stefan Bellnäs- Bass Thomas Broman (ex Glenn Hughes)- Drums Playing over two nights in the CBGBs of London, the legendary Dublin Castle, Sulo and co. will feature special guest artists both nights and offer a special cheap double show tickt with album included. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Fri 27 Sep
Diamond Dogs
 + Special Guests
 + Headline Maniac
Diamond Dogs- RELOAD, REWIND & RECALL ROCK N ROLL “The glam boogie blue-eyed soul rockers Diamond Dogs are back to set things straight!” After the loss of saxophone player and longtime band member Magic Gunnarsson (who died in a drowning accident 2014) Sulo and the rest of Diamond Dogs called it a day. They released the album “Quitters & Complainers” 2015 and went on a farewell tour ending in Oviedo in October together with Iggy Pop. Since then Sulo’s released 3 solo albums, working with Chris Spedding, Paul Young, The Crunch etc and the rest of the members been busy with other projects. During this time a lot of Diamond Dogs gig requests have been dropping in from all over the world and when they found out that 4 of the 10 previous studio albums have been out of stock for a long time and unavailable as down loads they started to make a plan. Sulo & Honk (Henrik Widen), the remaining original members thought it was time to set things straight and release “that” compilation they’ve been talking about for many years. One thing led to another and soon “RECALL ROCK & ROLL”(Cargo Records) will be available, a double album including 30 tracks. 25 old and 5 brand new. At the same time Cargo Records will re-release 4 previous albums on vinyl/Cd & download. The albums are “As your greens turn brown” “Too much is always better than not enough” “That’s the juice I’m on” And the split album with legendary US Punkrock singer Jeff Dahl. “Atlantic Crossover”. DIAMOND DOGS 2019 are Sulo – Lead vocals Lars Karlsson-Guitar Martin Thomander (ex Electric Boys)-Guitar, Backing vocals  Henrik “Honk” Widen – Keys, Backing vocals  Stefan Bellnäs- Bass Thomas Broman (ex Glenn Hughes)- Drums Playing over two nights in the CBGBs of London, the legendary Dublin Castle, Sulo and co. will feature special guest artists both nights and offer a special cheap double show tickt with album included. Book now to avoid disappointment! Headline Maniac – freshly signed hot to trot offshoot of the current Eddie and the Hot Rods lineup.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Fri 29 Nov
Alternative TV
 + (New Material/Experimental Set)
 + Gad Whip + JFK Contrastate
 + DJ William Bennett
Alternative TV and fourth Dimension Records – First evening of a two day event bringing together a few of the artists Fourth Dimension Records has worked with in more recent years alongside a couple of others whose work is actively endorsed. There will be an exclusive release tied in with this available from the first day of the event onwards. A limited edition 10″ featuring exclusive tracks from a few of the artists involved and a couple of others. Please note- 100 early bird weekend tickets available Tonight- Alternative TV (newer material/more experimental set) with Gad Whip, Kleistwahr and Contrastate + DJ William Bennett 19.30 – 23.30
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.00
£15 on the door
£12.50 in advance
Sat 30 Nov
Alternative TV
 + (The Image Has Cracked Set)
 + Map 71 + JFK
 + Theme + DJ William Bennett
Alternative TV and Fourth Dimension Records – Second evening of a two day event bringing together a few of the artists Fourth Dimension Records has worked with in more recent years alongside a couple of others whose work is actively endorsed. There will be an exclusive release tied in with this available from the first day of the event onwards. A limited edition 10″ featuring exclusive tracks from a few of the artists involved and a couple of others. Please note- 100 early bird weekend tickets available Tonight- Alternative TV (The Image Has Cracked set) with with Map 71, JFK, Theme + DJ William Bennett
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.00
£15 on the door
£12.50 in advance
Sat 7 Dec
The Vibrators – From Pure Mania in 1977 onwards The Vibrators set out their stall as the accomplished but still utterly kick ass end of Romantic punk n roll, showing the upstarts how it’s done. Searing, scintillating speedin’ rock and roll that they pulse along at such a pace commanded brilliantly by long standing lynchpin Eddie at the drums, you can’t possibly relax yer having such a good time. They don’t ease off the gas for a second.  With The Members’ Nigel Bennett on guitar and bass ace Pete chopping out the riddim. Hopefully original songsmith Knox will be popping by from RNR Rescue next door for a bit of Baby Baby action too… Steve Hooker Band – super charged dirty Essex Delta rocknroll trio, get a reet good and grinding riffology going and take it to the dancefloor with a sleazy Link Wray twang…damn good. Nuffin –  the legendary Roxy Club  ‘Audition Night’/Janet Street-Porter aTV spot captured the youthful ‘Boys who like to do Nuffin’ for posterity.  A mere forty two years later their debut album ‘Crowd Control’ appears, showcasing their charming, irreverent old school punk pop played clean and fast just like back in the day. Arrive nice and early for Nuffin!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£13 on the door
£10 in advance
Fri 13 Dec
Festive Grrrlesque Burlesque Rock N Roll Party
 + Starsha Lee
 + The Weird Things + Polkypikpocketz
 + Roxanne Fontana
Festive Grrrlesque Burlesque Party – with Starsha Lee, The Weird Things, Polly Pikpocketz, Roxanne Fontana…When Weird Thing, Moped Johnny and Sensible Grey Cells batteur extraordinaire the lovely Mr Martin Parrot waited for Bugbear at the end of a dark alley one night rocking a perky proposition we knew we were in for a reet treat. And at Christmas! So tonight’s gift that keeps giving is all about combining four exciting and invigorating exponents of ferocious female fronted punk n roll  (Riot Grrrl des nos jours with that London twist) and the exotic dancing of empowered women – and maybe men- from the Burlesque/Boy-esque scene. So we’re very pleased to welcome Rachel Darq (Crumpet, Rock  N Roll Cabaret) back to The Dublin Castle with her supercool cohorts to really up the bump and grind ante… decadence, punk rock and crackers all round…Santa’s sack is that wee bit plumper this year.  Female fronted punk nite bands , a burlesque element, DJs til 2am, an iconic venue…’Grrrlesque Burlesque’ is born…
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance