Major Weekly Roundup

The festive season has well and truly kicked off. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing Christmas-time show or something a little more lively to have a bop at we’ve got just the thing!

Jack O Rourke, Cork.

Two of Cork’s finest talents Jack O’Rourke and Marlene Enright are set to play Live at St Luke’s this Friday. Set to be one of the most magical double headliners of this Christmas time, the perfect combination of a beautiful venue and even more gorgeous music the last few tickets are available here :


Check out Jack’s latest release, a powerful electro tinged cover of “The Power of Love” here:




Le Galaxie, Laois.

It’s impossible to have a bad time at a Le Galaxie show. After last week’s Academy show which blew the roof off the place, this Saturday sees the gang playing one of their infamous DJ set’s in Portlaoise’s Soho Nightclub. Tickets available on the door.

Bitch Falcon, Dublin.

The perfect pre Christmas charity show, we are thrilled Bitch Falcon are playing Paul's McLoone’s Christmas Party is on Wednesday 20th December in the Workman’s. Tickets (which are free) are available on Today We are asking all people attending to dig deep and donate to the Peter McVarry on the door.  

The Strypes, Dublin.

As of now, it’s less than a week until The Strypes three Christmas Whelans shows on the 21st and 22nd of December with two shows on the 22nd. A good time is always guaranteed when The Strypes are in town. Last few tickets available here:



















SQUEEZE FRONTMAN CHRIS DIFFORD ANNOUNCES IRISH TOUR and Onhand Bookings are proud to present Squeeze frontman Chris Difford live in Ireland this March 2018. Tickets for Chris Difford's sold out UK tour were snapped up by fans in record time. Now, Squeeze frontman Chris Difford has announced a host of Irish tour dates. Don't miss these very special shows as Chris Difford performs his greatest and iconic hits live and tells stories from his best selling autobiography 'Some Fantastic Place'. Chris is a rare breed. He has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977 and across his 13 album career with Squeeze. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglas’ and ‘Tempted’. Chris Difford's 'Some Fantastic Place' tour will arrive in Ireland in March with dates in Castlebar, Carrick on Shannon, Cavan, Dublin, Belfast, Tipperary, Galway and finally The Grain Store in Ballymaloe, Cork. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased directly from venue box offices.



Fri: Mar 2 - Christchurch, Castlebar

Sat: Mar 3 - Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon

Sun: Mar 4 – Town Hall Theatre Arts Space, Cavan

Tues: Mar 6 - Whelans (Seated), Dublin

Wed: Mar 7 – The Empire, Belfast

Thur: Mar 8 – Ballyhane Studio, Birdhill, Co. Tipperary

Fri: Mar 9 - Monroes (seated), Galway

Sat: Mar 10 - Ballymaloe Grainstore, Cork



Kormac Equivalent Exchange Announcement!

Very exciting Kormac news! Over the last year, he's written an album's worth of material for an orchestra that will be performed with some amazing collaborators including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Loah and Eimear Noone on the musical side and Maser on the visual side of things, with lots more to be announced. Taking place in Vicar Street on Bank Holiday Sunday, March 18th in conjunction with St Patricks Day. Tickets go on sale this Friday.




The Strypes Intimate Christmas Shows

The Strypes have announced a host of special guests set to join them as part of their Spitting Image Tour arriving in Whelan’s later this month. Joining The Strypes are Belfast’s Brand New Friend on December 21st, Limerick's Powpig for the all ages matinee show on 22 December and Dublin's Thumper on 22 December evening show. The Strypes new album ‘Spitting Image’ was built to be played live. Since its release this year, The Strypes have played a series of venues across the globe, stopping off for shows at various festivals including Isle Of Wight in the UK to the Fuji Rock Festival, Japan. Now, The Strypes arrive in Whelan’s Dublin for 3 shows this December including an all ages matinee show.

Whopper CWB Roundup

As the first week of December draws to a close it’s pretty obvious we’ve entered silly season once more, but don’t worry we’ve got ya covered with what you should be doing over the next little while to kick off the Festive season.

Le Galaxie, The Academy Dublin.

Ain’t no party like a Le Galaxie party and their Christmas spectacular taking place this Friday the 8th is set to be major. With Le Boom and Bon Voyage playing support slots on the night, we’re feeling the party vibes. Known for their insane live shows, this is Le Galaxie’s last show of the year so if you want to catch them now’s the time. Last couple of tickets left here, so get your paws on them while you can:


Kormac, St Patrick’s Day Festival Dublin.

As an artist Kormac is always pushing himself and this time has seen him really out do himself, not an easy feat! This week we were delighted to announce the very exciting news that Kormac, in association with the St Patrick’s Day Festival, is back with a bang and an amazing new show Equivalent Exchange. The last year has seen him write an entire album’s worth of material for an orchestra that he will perform with an array of incredible collaborators including the renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra, Songstress Loah and Conductor and Composer Eimear Noone on the musical side of things with the insanely talented Maser has created visuals for the show, and that’s only the start there are many more to be announced. Taking place in Vicar Street on Bank Holiday Sunday, March 18th tickets go on sale this Friday and are going to fly out so be quick!


Jack O’Rourke, Live at St Lukes Cork.

One of the most magical venues in Cork, St Lukes could not be a more perfect place for Jack O’ Rourke’s double headliner show with Marlene Enright. The Last Mixed Tape said of Jack’s debut album “Dreamcatcher is an album that knows when to swing for the fences, see the bombastic joie de vivre of the baroque-pop masterpiece ‘Naivety’ or the fun fuzz-laden nod of the head to Bowie ‘Iggy’, and to opt for a more nuanced restrained sound, look to the weighty strings and pensive piano of ‘Silence’. 9/10.” If you want a truly magical experience make sure you catch Jack on the 15th of December in this beautiful venue. Remaining tickets available here:

Mark McCabe, The Foundry Carlow.

Wanna get your bop on? If you’re Carlow based then you won’t do better than getting yourself down to see Mark McCabe in The Foundry on the 13th of December. His current banger “I’m Feeling It’ has been filling dancefloors around the world, and The Foundry is set to be no different.

Jerry Fish Nationwide.

Jerry is currently touring an intimate piano show, performing his favourite songs, old and new from a career spanning over two decades as well as excerpts from his sell-out fringe theatre show. A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time, accentuating the positive and bringing smiles to troubled faces with his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache.


1st December, Christ Church, Mayo.

28th December, The Bowery, Dublin.

29th December, Live at St Luke, Cork.

6th January, The Mermaid Theatre, Wicklow.


The Strypes, Whelan’s Dublin.

The Strypes have announced special guests for their Spitting Image Tour live In Whelan’s for 3 Shows Including All Ages Matinee Show. Remaining tickets for all three shows are on sale now from:

December 21st Evening Show – special guests Brand New Friend.

December 22nd All Ages Matinee show - special guests Powpig.

December 22nd Evening Show – special guests Thumper.






































Every week we aim to give you an insight into all the exciting things happening here in CWB, whether that’s the latest gigs, releases or the hottest news we’ve got it all here in one place!

Le Galaxie, The Academy Dublin.

As far as Christmas parties go Le Galaxie’s was always set to be major, but now thing have heated up even more with the announcement of Le Boom and Bon Voyage on support duties. Where else are you going to get a line-up like that in the lead up to christmas, grab your mate and your shiniest Christmas jumper and head on down! Tickets available here:



Bitch Falcon, Other Voices Kerry.

After what can only be described as the gig of the year last week at their headline show in Whelan’s, Bitch Falcon are primed to hit the Other Voices Music Trail. Catch them play An Chonair Bar in Dingle at 12.45am, we promise they’re gonna blow your mind! Our very own MayKay of Le Galaxie is Dingle bound too, where she’ll be on presenting duties for Other Voices, so keep your eyes peeled for the show on RTE over the next little while.

RSAG, Other Voices Kerry.

One of Ireland’s most talented musicians RSAG is also bringing his magic to Dingle this weekend. His show has to be seen to be believed, so make sure to catch him on Friday in McCarthy’s Bar at 12.45am. If you haven’t seen one of his incredible live performances now is your chance!

The Strypes, Whelans Dublin.

Our favourite jetsetters are making a return to Ireland just in time for Christmas. Not ones to ever rest on their laurels, having already toured the world extensively this year with dates in Japan and America they are playing not one, not two but three intimate shows in Whelan’s on the 21st and 22nd of December. There’s some very exciting news on the way about the shows about to break so make sure you keep up to date on our social platforms. In the meantime nab your tickets here:


Ivy Nations, Sentimental Hearts.

What a month it’s been for Ivy Nations with their gorgeous tunes popping up all over the place on both the BBC and RTE, you may have heard them on This Crowded House and Across the Line. Things are hotting up even more with their latest release “Sentimental Hearts” reaching over 100,000 plays on Spotify. If you haven’t heard this Phillip McGee produced beaut yet make sure to check it out below.












The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

A live show as epic as the legend itself, we’re delighted to see the CWB Midwest team produced The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses come back to Dublin after touring Europe on it’s world tour. A treat for both symphony lovers and fans of The Legend of Zelda, the show features a first in video game concert history combining classical sensibilities with music from the franchise. Bringing over 30 years of music from the games to life, the show was to be seen to be believed in a unique and exciting multimedia experience. Featuring fan favourites such as Link's Awakening, Twilight Princess, The Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time and more, it’s a show not to be missed. Taking place in Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre for one night only on the 11th of December, The two-hour concert comes to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a beautifully reimagined score. 


Tickets from €50 available here:



Jerry Fish Piano Show Tour

He’s one of Ireland’s most enigmatic and entertaining performers to the point where Ireland’s biggest music and arts festival, the Electric Picnic have for the past five years afforded him his very own stage.

An indie legend and ringmaster of exceptional renown, Jerry Fish has evolved into a showman extraordinaire, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences all over with his now legendary live shows, a unique live theatrical experience that dissolves all boundaries between performer and audience.

Jerry Fish blasted onto the Music Scene in the 1990's touring the globe as front-man of alternative rock outfit An Emotional Fish, the band who gave us the indie rock anthem “Celebrate”. These days the name Jerry Fish is synonymous with Festivals, Carnival Sideshow, Circus and Theatre.

Mr. Fish's genre bending and idiosyncratic style of entertainment has made him a household name within the Irish Music industry. With two Platinum selling solo albums, an MTV award and IRMA Music Award, and a reputation as a supreme and spectacular showman.  In 2017 Jerry took his stranger-than-fiction life story to theatre audiences for the first time at the Dublin Fringe festival; “The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish.”

Jerry is currently touring an intimate piano show, performing his favourite songs, old and new from a career spanning over two decades as well as excerpts from his sell-out fringe theatre show. A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time, accentuating the positive and bringing smiles to troubled faces with his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache.

A guaranteed up-lifting night out for all!



1st December, Christ Church, Mayo.

28th December, The Bowery, Dublin.

29th December, Live at St Luke, Cork.

6th January, The Mermaid Theatre, Wicklow.



It was an incredibly busy week in the Midwest office last week as the team prepared for the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship Awards. Established by esteemed Limerick businessman JP McManus, the scholarship gives a number of gifted students from around the country the financial support they need to ensure that they can fully partake in the third level education. Special guests on the day included President Michael D. Higgins, Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Permanent Secretary at the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, Andrew McCormick. This year saw 125 students from 32 counties being awarded scholarships as the organisation celebrated turning ten years old, bringing the total number of scholarships awarded to 1246. The ceremony was a huge success and took place in University Concert Hall at University of Limerick on Saturday the 25th November. We’d like to wish everyone involved a heartfelt congratulations from the CWB team.



While you're here, if you love music and festivals, then the CWB Midwest team want to hear from you! The team are currently conducting a survey and would love your input. You’ll find the link below, it only takes a minute we promise!



Whopper Weekly Round Up

Before you know it here we are again with our weekly update. Holding out for something to do this weekend, well look no further we’ve got your plans for the weekend covered.

Bitch Falcon, Dublin.

It’s been a big week for Bitch Falcon as they continue on their nationwide “Of Heart” tour, which finishes up on Saturday night in Whelan’s. We’ve seen them on this tour and what can we say, it’s gonna blow your minds. There are only a handful of tickets left so get your paws on them while you still can!

That’s not the only exciting thing happening for the band this week though as their new single “Of Heart”, which the tour is in support of, is released this Friday the 24th. One our favourite music videos of the year, it’s Black Mirror vibes are pretty ace.

Buy or Stream “Of Heart” here:

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Le Galaxie, Belfast

All good things must come to an end and that’s the case for Le Galaxie’s Smithwick Series as they perform their interpretation of the Apocalypse Now soundtrack for the last time in belfast on Friday night. This really is a show to see, and it’s one you’re not going to be able to catch again. When it’s done, it’s done!


The Blizzard’s, Mullingar.

What’s better than a Blizzard’s show, a Blizzard’s show in their hometown for charity! A chance to see them in an intimate venue, taking place this Saturday the 25th it’s €20 on the door with proceeds going to St Colemans National School.