Cork Gig Guide (August 27th - September 2nd)

Orchestra of Spheres - 31st Aug in Half Moon

New Zealand's Orchestra of Spheres' flying saucer crash lands on Half Moon Street this Friday with the kooky quartet playing their first ever Cork show in The Half Moon Theatre.

The Cork visit pre-empts the awesome foursome's Electric Picnic appearance which is the reason for a bare bones Saturday night live line-up down Leeside way i.e. there's pretty much nothing on. Those in possession of a bus-pass or a collection of wheels could kick off the weekend a little early though with a superb double-header taking place further east in Midleton with The Altered Hours and The Great Balloon Race both taking to the Meeting Place Bar's stage on Thursday.

If not Picnic-bound but still in the mood for more travelling then a serious recommendation is heading towards Macroom. Why for the love of God Macroom you say? Well the newly-opened The Grape Escape begins its live music life on Sunday, welcoming gospel/folk king Kentuckian Daniel Martin Moore and super able accomplice Joan Shelley through its doors. If physically possible...GO!

To stand a chance of winning a couple of tickets to Orchestra of Spheres in The Half Moon Theatre, Cork on Friday 31st August, all you have to do is send an email to containing :

- a subject of 'Ping Pong Spheres'
- your full name
- your mobile number
- if you could invent an instrument what would it's name be and what would it sound like

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 29th August. Closing date is 11.59pm (or 23.59) on Tuesday, 28th August.


*Film fans see Triskel Arts Centre's listings for the week over on the official website here.

Monday, 27th August
- Glitter & Trauma (DJ) in The Pavilion (Bar)

Tuesday, 28th August
- Jazz Improv in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)
- Drea in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Candle Sessions with Hank Wedel & Edel Curtin in The Pavilion (Bar)

Wednesday, 29th August
- King Modo in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Song Collector Sessions with Liam Reilly and Ricky Lynch in The Pavilion
- Jawbone in The Pavilion (Bar)
- BalconyTV Cork presents Aaron Dillon and Lamp in The Sextant
- Sitting Room Session with Drea, Isaac and more in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Thursday, 30th August
- Relish in Cyprus Avenue
- The Altered Hours and The Great Balloon Race in Meeting Place Bar (Midleton)

Friday, 31st August
- The Roaring Forties (album launch) in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)
- Ping Pong present Orchestra of Spheres and The Maori John Wayne in Half Moon Theatre
- Slydigs in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Saturday, 1st September
- Crowley's Instore in Crowley's Music Centre (5pm)

Sunday, 2nd September
- Billy Kennedy in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
- Daniel Martin Moore & Joan Shelley in The Grape Escape (MacRoom)