Parallel Recommends: Dave Harrington At The Grand Social


It’s at one of our favourite venues in Dublin.

A few years ago, Nicolas Jaar was all anyone who was interested in electronic music could talk about. As the son of Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, he had an artist’s knack for transfiguring dance music into something weird and elastic. His music was a kind of sedated house, but often had live instruments and sometimes no regular rhythm whatsoever. 

But what really made Jaar stand out was his live show. Voted the best live act three years in a row by the discerning readers of Resident Advisor, Jaar’s gigs comprised a saxophonist, Jaar standing behind an array of keyboards and laptops and – perhaps most strikingly of all – the guitarist Dave Harrington.

Harrington’s distinctive style brought the psychedelic tones of Pink Floyd or the Grateful Dead to the dance-oriented set. When the bass line reduced and the crowd’s energy dissipated, Harrington’s highly reverbed chords would bounce of the club’s walls like it was a cathedral. He brought the same energy to DARKSIDE – his two-man collaboration with Jaar – and is now bringing his new solo show to Dublin on Wednesday 14 September.


Dave Harrington Group released their debut LP, Become Alive, earlier this year on Jaar’s label Other People. Expect a jazz-tinged but basically unpredictable affair replete with solos, improvisations and mind-melting sounds.  

Dave Harrington Group is making their Irish debut at one of our favourite venues, The Grand Social. Tickets are available here for €12. It’s a fifteen-minute walk from Generator Dublin.