Capital Capers : Top 10 Dublin gigs for December

MONO - Button Factory, 6th December
Ten tasty festive treats waiting to be gobbled up pre-Turkey dinner...

Again I am late with posting the top 10. Trust me, if I was punctual the below list would also feature the wonderful Wild Nothing who played The Workman's Club on the 1st. Alas, c'est la vie...

When?: Thursday, 6th December
Where?: Button Factory
How much?: €15
Why?: To put it simply, the experimental rockers don't visit all too often. For the most blindingly atmospheric attack on the senses a post-rock group can muster and to hear live versions of tracks from the newly released For My Parents. Visit for further details

2. Katie Kim, Chequerboard and Ickis Morolo in
When?: Friday, 7th December
Where?: The Joinery
How much?: €10 - BYOB
Why?: The last chance to see Ireland's most consistently creative talents play her last show of 2012. Well at least I think it's the last show. Either way a BYOB night is always fun. Visit for further details

3. The XX
When?: Friday, 7th December and Saturday, 8th December
Where?: Olympia Theatre
How much?: €29.50
Why?: This is a bit of a tease as both shows are sold out. Still, let this be a good warning for those who happen to be offered tickets in the coming days. For more, visit

4. - The Prosperous Market with James Yorkston, Lisa O'Neill and Seamus Fogerty
When?: Saturday, 8th December (3pm-close)
Where?: The Workman's Club
How much?: €15
Why?: Disappointment at a lack of XX tickets will be experienced briefly as the realisation dawns that an incredible array of talent huddle together on Wellington Quay to create the perfect Christmas sendoff for The Workman's Club.

5. Beth Orton and Sam Amidon
When?: Friday, 14th December
Where?: St. Stephen's Church - The Pepper Canister
How much?: €22
Why?: Worth it just for Sam alone.

6. John Talabot, New Jackson and Nanu Nanu
When?: Saturday, 15th December
Where?: Button Factory
How much?: €20
Why?: For an evening of eclectic electronic goodness. Another one close to sold out though if not already.

7. Lower Dens
When?: Saturday, 15th December
Where?: The Grand Social
How much?: €16
Why?: Another act that laid some promising foundations with an impressive showing at June's Forbidden Fruit gathering. Expect to see Nootropics popping up on various end of year lists over the coming weeks. Check them out yourself at

8. Le Galaxie, REID and Last Days of 1984 in
When?: Monday, 21st December
Where?: The Workman's Club
How much?: €10
Why?: Speaking of Forbidden Fruit and various other Irish festivals, the Summer provided the perfect opportunity for dance-pop princes Le Galaxie to raise their game a notch and raise it they did. Packed tents wherever they played certainly confirmed Dublin's Le Galaxie are here to stay. And in a big way.

9. Girls Names and Twinkranes
When?: Tuesday, 22nd December
Where?: Whelan's (Upstairs)
How much?: €10
Why?: Another Irish band building up a serious head of steam in recent times, Belfast's Girls Names take their carefree surf-pop to the smaller room on Wexford Street. Read a glowing review of their record Dead to Me from Pitchfork here.

10. New Jackson, Ships, I Am The Cosmos, White Collar Boy, Get Down Edits, Handsome Paddy and more in
When?: Monday, 31st December
Where?: The Grand Social
How much?: €15
Why?: So much himming and hawing over where to go on New Year's Eve. To The Grand Social with you for a glorious night of electronic beats. You're welcome.

Also take note of:

3rd - Richard Hawley in Vicar Street
4th - Biggles Flys Again and Gillian Tuite in The Workman's Club
6th - MOVIE: Screening of Elf in Meeting House Square
7th - Viking Moses, Derrick Devine and The Alpaca Jamboree in Little Green Café
7th - The Gloaming in The Pavilion (Dun Laoghaire)
8th - Kerbdog in The Academy
8th - Ultraista, Cloud Castle Lake and Maribou State (DJ set) in the Button Factory
8th - Yule! with Dónal Lunny, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Mumblin' Deaf Ro, The Strypes, Margie Lewis, OCHO, Niamh De Barra, Pearse McGloughlin, The Young Hearts Choir, and special guest in The Co-op €16 (BYOB)
8th - Windings in Whelan's (Upstairs)
9th - Gemma Hayes in the Olympia Theatre
9th - Hidden Highways in The Stag's Head
10th - Boris, No Spill Blood and The Wizards of Firetop Mountain in Whelan's
11th - Jagermeister Freezer Sessions: Leaders of Men, This Club, Nanu Nanu and Tandem Felix in The Workman's Club
12th - The Hard Ground in Whelan's
12th - VerseChorusVerse and SOAK in The Workman's Club
14th - Simon Bird, Niamh De Barra and Brian Conniffe in The Joinery
14th - Crayonsmith, Big Monster Love, Cave Ghosts and Rhino Magic in Little Green Street Gallery
14th - Grant Hart (Husker Du) in Whelan's (Upstairs)
15th - God Is An Astronaut 10th anniversary in Vicar Street
18th - Fionn Regan in Unitarian Church
20th - Fred in The Workman's Club
20th - I Draw Slow in The Grand Social
21st - Lisa O'Neill in Whelan's
22nd - Xmas Party with R.S.A.G, Ocho and Plutonic Dust in the Button Factory (8pm) FREE
31st - The Cast of Cheers and Croupier in The Workman's Club

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