- Thursday 29th: Mark Lanegan @ The Academy 2, Dublin. The gravel voiced genius brings his latest show to Ireland. I have always been a big fan of Lanegan and judging from previous set lists you can expect a mixture of his solo stuff, some Queens of the Stone Age tracks and a few covers: Alex Harvey and Soulsavers keep cropping up.
- Thursday 29th: Idlewild @ The Academy, Dublin. Your last chance to see the Scottish indie rockers as they announced their hiatus last week at the end of this tour. Can't say I'll miss them but some might!
- Thursday 29th: The Fall @ Tripod, Dublin. John Peel's favourites return to Ireland on the back of a new album. Cult favourites...
- Thursday 29th: Crystal Antlers @ Cyrpus Avenue, Cork. Self-described psychedelic/soul/punk act Crystal Antlers come to Cork for what should be a very entertaining live show.
- Thursday 29th: Mick Flannery @ Kavanagh's, Portlaoise. Irish troubadour Mick Flannery brings his increasingly popular folk sound to the Midlands. Not to be missed - I caught him in Cobh a few weeks and he was magnificent.
- Friday 30th: Surfer Blood @ The Academy, Dublin. Hotly tipped new act Surfer Blood come to Ireland for the first time (I think...) Their new album is due to land in June and is set to be pretty good if the singles are anything to go by!
- Friday 30th: O Emperor @ The Stables, Mullingar. These guys are getting rave reviews for their live shows. Their new EP was released last week too.
- Saturday 1st: God Is An Astronaut @ Cyprus Avenue, Cork. The ever popular Irish rockers pop up in Cork for what should be a great show.
- Saturday 1st: Josh Ritter With The Royal City Band @ The Pavillion, Cork. I have never heard a bad word about Ritter's live shows. If you are looking for something good to do in Cork Saturday night...
- Sunday 2nd: Florence & The Machine @ The Olympia, Dublin. Anything that needs to be said about Florence Welsh has already been said. You can't deny the woman has a great voice and that Lungs was a really good pop album. Expect to hear sneak previews of her second album too. No release date has been mooted yet though she has referred to it as "scientific" and has promised to debut a few songs during this May tour. She also plays in the same venue on Monday 3rd.
- Sunday 2nd: Gil Scott Heron @ Tripod, Dublin. The legend that is... This could be a really special show.
- Tuesday 4th: Pavement @ Tripod, Dublin. The reformed indie-rock legends come to Ireland. All reviews have been pretty positive about this tour so I'd imagine that the show will be great.
Quite a few to choose from there anyway. Not to be missed for me are Pavement and Gil Scott Heron, while I'm a pretty big fan of Mark Lanegan too. One to skip... Idlewild. 'Nuff said...
EDIT: It's worth noting that Florence & The Machine are being supported by the hotly tipped Drums on both nights. Might be worth going for them alone...