Villagers at The Olympia, Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st
Fresh from a third number one album, Villagers will celebrate their latest hit with two special Olympia gigs. Conor O’Brien has consistently proven himself to be one of the finest songwriters of this generation, making this gig a must see. Wispy guitars and O’Brien’s gorgeous vocals have a quiet intimate air about them, but there’s plenty of power hidden in Villagers’ music, well capable of filling the cavernous Olympia without losing any of that tenderness.
Swans at The Button Factory, Monday 25th
Experimental rock masters Swans have been churning out convention-defying albums since the 1980s, but it’s the releases since their reunion in 2010 that have really established the band’s reputation as one of the strangest and most interesting groups around. Ridiculously long songs and warped guitars create a truly unique sound, while everything from acoustic elements to crazy distortion freak-outs ensure a one of a kind show.
Worth Checking Out:
Fucked Up at The Hangar, Friday 22nd
By bearing a name as provocative as Fucked Up, the band set certain expectations of themselves, in terms of both style and behaviour. Fortunately the group are well capable of living up to their name, with their riotous sound only matched by their destructive performances. And if that’s not enough, 2015 Plec Picks Bitch Falcon will be there to provide suitable heavy support.
The Academic at The Workman’s, Friday 22nd
The Academic‘s solid sound and energetic performances has seen them become quite a hit here at GoldenPlec. Their upbeat indie sound is fun, fresh, and gets the feet tapping. The group tend to pop up at a variety of festivals and support slots, so it will be interesting to see these indie-poppers perform as a headline act.