There’s only one direction for Harry Styles – up into the stratosphere – The Irish Times


Harry Styles

Wednesday June 22; Aviva Stadium, Dublin; 6 p.m.; ticketmaster.co.uk

Of all the One Directioners, Harry Styles came across as the most stylish and interesting, and possessed all the traits of a pop star: prodigious talent, ambiguous sexuality, a penchant for a bit of devilishness, and an inquisitive musical mind. We’ll always love our Niall Horan – he’s Styles’ David Bowie Lou Reed – but it’s Harry who really hits the pop stratosphere, topping the Billboard charts with his self-titled debut and second album, Fine Line. Since then, he’s become the first man to have a Vogue cover all to himself, and he’ll soon be starring in the upcoming My Policeman movie. He has added the Aviva to his stadium tour, and anyone who saw his performance at Coachella will know that he is going to put on a serious show for his Irish fans, which will include hits such as Golden, Adore You, Watermelon Sugar and its current success. , as it was.

Phoebe Bridger

Monday, June 20; Fairview Park, Dublin; 7 p.m.; ticketmaster.co.uk

The Californian singer-songwriter-producer has become America’s indie darling, with Grammy nominations and huge success for her fabulous second album, Punisher, and now she’s in Ireland for a gig at Fairview Park in Dublin, and while we watch her and her band roam the stage in their skeleton costumes, we’ll also be watching Paul Mescal. (Apparently she and the Irish actor are doing a line). Expect sad songs delivered with panache and irony – and some timely takedowns of modern tyranny. Fairview Park will be a lively place this week, with concerts by Primal Scream (Wednesday June 22), Inhaler (Friday June 25) and St Vincent (Sunday June 26).

Elbow

Monday, June 20; 3Arena, Dublin; 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, June 21; Waterfront Hall, Belfast; 7 p.m.; ticketmaster.co.uk

Elbow – like every other band around the world – had to postpone their 2020 tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but rather than stay home twiddling their thumbs, the band members have all been busy writing material for a new album, exchanging ideas with other band members online. The result was 2021’s album Flying Dream 1, which featured calmer, more thoughtful songs, even by Elbow’s typically restrained standards. We’ll hear some of these gorgeous songs, along with favorites like Grounds for Divorce, Lippy Kids and One Day Like This.

Alanis Morissette

Tuesday, June 21; 3Arena, Dublin; 6:30 p.m.; ticketmaster.co.uk

The Irish Alanisettes will be in full force at the 3Arena when the Canadian singer-songwriter returns to Dublin four years after her triumphant concerts at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens and Live at the Marquee in Cork. It’s been 27 years since his album Jagged Little Pill shook our worlds, and offered a different interpretation of the word “ironic”, its cultural impact is still going strong. In 2019, the jukebox musical Jagged Little Pill, featuring hits such as Ironic, Hand in My Pocket and You Oughta Know, made its Broadway debut, and it released its ninth album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road in 2020. , just in time to help her. fans are going through the pandemic. Does she still have it? You certainly know.

party scene

from Wednesday June 22 to Saturday July 2; Arts Center Project, Dublin; thisispopbaby.com

Choreographer Philip Connaughton and writer-director Phillip McMahon have come together for this exuberant collaboration that examines queer club culture through an alcoholic lens and a woozy chemical prism. This provocative dance-theatre performance explores an underworld of sweaty nightclubs and chemsex, tackling topics of identity, intimacy and isolation. Party Scene had its world premiere at Cork Midsummer Festival last week and is now beginning a two-week run in the project.

Kaleidoscope 2022

from Friday June 24 to Sunday June 26; Russborough House, Bray, County Wicklow; kaleidoscopefestival.ie

The family festival returns to Russborough House after a two year hiatus, and haven’t my children grown in the past two years. If your carts aren’t high already, bring them to the Kaleidoscope for a very family-friendly weekend. (A limited number of single-day tickets are also available.) Among the musical attractions are two mass entertainment regulars: Neil Hannon, aka The Divine Comedy, and Jerry Fish, who will be bringing his Electric Sideshow. This year, organizers have even more fun planned for families, including porridge nights, baby raves, laughter yoga, bubble shows, science shows and the world’s largest bouncy castle.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival

from Friday 24 June to Sunday 3 July; Bantry, County Cork; westcorkmusic.ie

To say that the musicians of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival are delighted to be back on stage – well, that’s like saying that Mozart is good enough to knock out a tune. The popular festival returns to Bantry and surrounds itself with more than 70 concerts featuring 60 professional musicians and more than 20 students, performing major cycles by Biber, Bach and Weinberg as well as seminal works by Haydn, Schubert and Bartók . The festival will revolve around four major international string quartets: the Pavel Haas Quartet from Prague, the Danel Quartet from Belgium, the Signum Quartet from Germany and the Doric Quartet from London. The festival will continue its excellent work supporting young musicians, so watch out for future stars like violinist Mairéad Hickey, pianist Nathalia Milstein, cellist Ella van Poucke and violinist Diamanda Dramm.

Eagles

Friday, June 24; Aviva Stadium, Dublin; 6 p.m.; ticketmaster.co.uk

I seem to remember the Eagles announcing a farewell tour many moons ago, but the mega-selling country rockers continue to walk the boards and seem determined to give the Rolling Stones a run for their money. So who is still in the band? Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmidt form the core, with country-rock star Vince Gill joining the band and the late Glenn Frey replaced by his son Deacon Frey. It was recently announced that Frey was leaving the band to pursue his own youth-type project, but no matter how many on stage you can be sure he’ll release the hits including Take it Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it at the limit, One of these nights and Hotel California.

North Country Girl

from Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 30; 3Olympia, Dublin; ticketmaster.co.uk

Imagine Bob Dylan asking you to take a bunch of his songs and put them into a musical. It’s a Dylanologist’s dream, and Conor McPherson had to pinch himself when the call came from Dylan’s people. Apparently the singer had seen McPherson’s work and was so impressed that he entrusted his songs to the Irish playwright. The result wowed audiences on Broadway and now begins a run in Dublin that is sure to sell out and generate demand for a comeback run. After seeing the piece, Dylan said, “My songs couldn’t be in better hands.”

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