In the latest Dublin music gig guide for Parallel webzine we cover the best live shows and events from around Dublin city centre for September to mid-October.

The Fontaines play The Button Factory, Temple Bar on 7th October. Photo: Just Grayce

With festival season winding down across Ireland following Electric Picnic, conversely there seems to be no shortage of events happening in the capital, with the coming weeks set to be extremely busy, good news for music fans. One of Dublin’s most popular annual independent music showcases takes place at the end of September with 50 of the country’s best acts (whittled down from over 500 applicants) set to take over five city centre venues for Hard Working Class Heroes on the weekend of the 29th of September. A weekend ticket costs €35 and will grant access to all venues for the entire weekend available for purchase here via Eventbrite.ie.

For those not wishing to commit to the full weekend, you can pay €12 at the door of each venue on arrival, with student discounts also available and further reducing the cost. With each location hosting on average 5 acts, value for money is to be had, and the line-up for 2017 is certainly the highest standard to date. Although it’s very hard to single out and recommend any one line-up, I would personally go for The Grand Social on the Friday which hosts electronic acts Proper Micro NV, 1000 Beasts, Bad Bones, Le Boom and the immense DAITHÍ who released one of the best Irish singles of the year in ‘Holiday Home’ back in March. On the Saturday, there’s a stellar line-up at brand new music venue The Underground on Dame Street courtesy of Sylk, Cinema, Kilnamana, Wastefellow and Bantum.
 Visitors to Dublin in September will be unable to miss the hugely popular and successful annual Culture Night, a sprawling series of free events covering the arts, film, history and of course, music, which takes place on the 22nd of September. To keep up to date with everything happening near Generator Hostels you can download their smartphone App here. Recommended music-related events include a tour of the world famous Windmill Lane Studios which has seen iconic global acts such as Lady GaGa, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran and Dubin star Hozier record inside their doors. Other highlights include a tour of The Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum in Temple Bar between 6-10pm, and for those looking to immerse themselves in an authentic traditional Irish music experience, the only place to be on the night is Club Chonradh na Gaeilge. Situated on Harcourt Street at the bottom of Stephen’s Green, the tunes will be sure to go on until late into the night.
Before all that though there’s the latest Gigonometry Dublin monthly showcase in The Workman’s Club on the 14th September, a stone’s throw from Smithfield. Gigonometry is one of Dublin’s longest running regular gig nights and consistently provides music lovers with the cream of rising Irish talent. Four acts take to the stage on the night, The Revellions, Anna-Liese, Modesto and Mike Paterson, it’s €7 at the door and €5 for students and provides serious bang for your buck. On the same night, for those who want to stay within the environs of Generator Hostel, you can catch the chilled experimental electro-pop sounds of Dublin’s No More Questions who will kick-off at 10pm.
Montauk Hotel play Sin É on Friday, 6th of October
In October one gig that comes highly recommended on Friday the 6th is with headliners Montauk Hotel with support coming courtesy of the quirky Irish / Polish trio Safari and Death in the Sickroom at Sin É on Ormond Quay. Montauk Hotel have received unanimous rave reviews from online and print music media since they formed a year ago, featuring in Ireland’s premier music magazine Hot Press, their debut self-titled album is a stunning affair. What they achieved in the recording studio is somehow surpassed on stage, describing their own sound as glimmer-pop, they have the gift of completely absorbing the audience in their live show, to the point that you are not just attending a performance, but also a genuinely ethereal experience. This gig is free entry and not to be missed.
Other shows definitely worth checking out are relatively new Dublin band The Fontaines with support from Silverbacks (this pairing is very tasty) at The Button Factory in Temple Bar on the 7th of October. Ireland’s top music blogger and journalist Nialler9 described the headliners perfectly; "Fontaines don't pretend to be from anywhere but Dublin and that charges their rock'n'roll with an authenticity that makes them stand apart"
Two bands who have also been making quite a stir play The Workman’s Club on the 12th of October, Session Motts are like a pop-version of 80’s post-punk geniuses Joy Division, whilst Beauty Sleep who provide support on the night bring their own brand of synth-driven dream-pop. To wrap up this month’s guide we have one more free gig at Sin É on the 28th of September featuring singer-songwriter Junior Brother and one of the biggest acts to come out of Dundalk over the last few years, Just Mustard, who visit Dublin to promote their latest single release, for fans of My Bloody Valentine and high-end shoegaze, they are an act not to be missed.

Just Mustard play Sin E on the 28th of September

As usual we have a Spotify playlist and Google map of venues below to help you make your choices with ease


14th September @ The Workman’s Club - Gigonometry > The Revellions, Anna-Liese, Modesto, Mike Paterson (Admission - €7 / €5 Students)

14th September @ Generator Hostel - No More Questions - FREE

22nd September - Culture Night - FREE

28th September - The Sound Feed @ Sin É - Just Mustard & Junior Brother - FREE

29th & 30th September - Hard Working Class Heroes Festival (multiple venues)

6th October @ Sin É - Montauk Hotel, Safari, Death in the Sickroom - FREE

7th October @ The Button Factory - Fontaines, Silverbacks (Admission - €10)

12th October @ The Workman’s Club - Session Motts, Beauty Sleep (Admission - €10)


Why not stay at Generator Dublin and get the after party started in our bar.