Thu 9 Feb
The Wilson Brothers
 + Special Guests
 + DJs til late
The Wilson Brothers – You may already know Ash & Phil Wilson well, who have considerable experience and respect with fans from playing alongside Sari Schorr, Scott Mckeon, Sean Webster, Jesse Davey and Well Hung Heart. They’ve been joined in this exciting new venture by their musical brother Roger Inis whose background includes artists such as Chaka Khan, Mike Taylor, Errol Brown and Joanne Shaw Taylor: adding a sonic chemistry that has to be heard to be believed. Brave new world, brave new band. The WILSON BROTHERS have beamed in from another dimension with explosive contemporary rock and roll flirting with psychedelic blues culminating in an emotional experience that tantalises the senses. This is the sound of the future arriving as heartfelt, expansive, inspirational, delicate, exciting, perplexing and sometimes divergent philosophical journey.     
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Fri 10 Feb
Wild Horse
 + The King Rooks
 + Vicious Love + Wolforna
 + (365 Radio Jukebox Judgement Showcase)
Wild Horse are an indie trio whose funked up guitar pop flows with the exuberant energy of kids who grew up listening to hip hop beats and classic 60s/70s Brit Rock vinyls. Wild Horse sound like what putting on a new suit and lighting a cigarette to go on a night out feels like. Wild Horse nominally headline this showcase of equals, the first Bugbear presented  Dublin Castle 365 Radio Jukebox Judgement Special. Jukebox judgement is a much loved Friday morning feature on the 365 Radio Breakfast Show with Dawn Parry, featuring critical appraisal of hot new talent from uber producers Steve Lillywhite and Stuart Epps. The King Rooks, Vicious Love and Wolforna are on board with the judgement, and  also very much on board to entertain you tonight in this marvellous menagerie of musical might. We’re presenting a rock based showcase tonight, featuring 3 bands playing hard but swinging and melodic alt rock and roll. You too can be the judge! Tune in to Dawn and Steve or Stuart on 365 in the morning, and see it all played out in glorious Dublin Castle technicolor come the evening.  Enjoy.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£7.50 in advance
Sat 11 Feb
Big Boy Tomato
 + Healthy Junkies
 + Yr Mum + Eville
The last Hurrah of ’90s Neo Punks Big Boy Tomato plus seismic grunge punk supports. What’s not to love?
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£15 on the door
£12 in advance
Wed 15 Feb
Anne Pigale
 + Special Guests
 + Stewart Home + Paul Ro (The Professor)
 + DJs
Anne Pigalle -Post Valentine Trauma Recovery Program “Uk number 1 French sweetheart”, the only French solo singer to have ever signed to a British label (Paul Morley and Trevor Horn’s Zeitgeist molding ZTT) , and well established as Soho denizen and Queen of Erotic and Love poetry…voila, La femme Ensorceleuse. Eat your heart out Patti Smith. Tonight’s show promises to be a Valentines Hangover to live, love and die for, what with Anne’s stock being well and truly back to maximum Zout Alors following recently critically acclaimed releases and collaborations. Come have your hearts fixed by La Grande Zombie!” www.annepigalle.com  Paul Ro (The Professor) –  raconteur about town and director of the Rock and Roll Museum, will pay an hommage to Les Poètes Maudits in a spellbinding uber Bohemian performance. #thepostvalentinetraumarecoveryprogram #annepigalle
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£7.50 in advance
Fri 17 Feb
Oliver Shaw Experience
 + Daddy Those Men Scare Me
 + TVVINNS + Black Swan Event
 + DJ John the Revelator + DJ Fuzz
Oliver Shaw Experience –  the excellent songwriter Ollie Shaw takes Radiohead like progressive pop moves and meshes them with garage rock elements care of his excellent band, producing some righteous nuggets of raw sound that are indeed wonderfully crafted songs. After two great albums under the wing of producer Paul Tipler, Ollie has now completed his third, and it’s ace to welcome him back tonite. Daddy Those Men Scare Me- More prosaically down to earth and utterly English in their punk rock approach, the deliriously good Daddies have nearly been doing it as long as Spizz…well not quite, but their Stranglers/Members/Squeeze informed crafted indeed crafty punk pop is a joy we’ve beheld at Buggerbear since oooooh 1994, wowsers. TVVINNS – Starting out in 2016 as guitarist Chris Malla’s solo project, Jake Cooper joined on drums the year after and the duo started rocking around London under the solo project’s guise, ‘Malla’.After a final farewell gig to Malla in March 2018, the duo became TVVINNS, and are more ready than ever to take London, and the world, by storm…Black Swan Event- Late 60’s brit acid pop, the Creation could be an influence, decent catchy tunes executed with Verve
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Sat 18 Feb
The Collective AKA
 + Brick Top
 + DJs We Got Killers
The Collective A.K.A in The Dublin Castle, a great fit as we know.  Rocking a Supersonic and very, very strong sizzling set jam (Jam) packed with mod, new wave, punk and ska classics, The Collective A.K.A are a brass powered rhythm machine precision made for Maximum RnB dancefloor expression. The Best Saturday Night Out In Camden Town. The Jam, The Who, Specials, Madness and more, all done with passion and love. Brick Top -adding Brit Pop and Indie classics to a base of MOD anthems makes for an exciting live package with this critically acclaimed band from Berkshire/Hampshire.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Sun 19 Feb
Concrete Age – ‘Ethnic metal’ they call it….i.e high powered thrash of a Megadeth type  with flutes and shit! Nuts! Admirable in it’s bonkerness. Wearing Buddhist togs in a neo metal manner whilst powering through their raw and fast riffage. Great! Nothing Dreams  – alternorockpop stylists outta Oxford, perhaps inspired by Idlewild ?
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£7 on the door
£6 in advance
Wed 22 Feb
Alan Clayton at RNR Book Club
 + The Dirty Strangers
 + DJs + Q And A
 + Soho Dukes
The Dirty Strangers – have played some amazing shows with us in the Dublin Castle over the years, and yes tonight they’re back to rock you senseless with their proper, proper tune laden, sleazed up rocknroll frenzy once again. As Kris Needs says ‘the UK’s last true rocknroll band fearlessly flying against vacuous trends’….well, The Dirty Strangers’ story is all documented now, coz John Wombat has written ‘Alan Clayton of The Dirty Strangers – The Authorized Biography‘,  the heart cockle warming tale of their ‘livewire leader’ Alan Clayton AKA Dirty Al, a mover shaker if ever there was one. Much has been made of the infamous ongoing Strangers/Stones relations, a tale of 2 blistering, brill rocknroll bands somehow at opposite ends of the gig circuit but brothers in arms too…and we’ll be discussing that again tonight for sure, but there’s a ton of other tales to tell about this Shepherds Bush legend beyond the Keef connection. A roller coaster ride is assured, Mr Clayton has quite a story. Strap in for the Q and A onstage with Tony Gleed  and also enjoy Al’s son and Dirty Strangers manager Paul Clayton spinning the text related tunes throughout the evening. Come along, buy a book, get it signed, grab a photo, and enjoy the wonderful music of The Dirty Strangers live too. Stop press now also with ‘Rascal rockers’ Soho Dukes outta Brighton opening up to get the party started. A great night out in store.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Thu 23 Feb
Natural
 + Eusef
 + Kooky + The Veccs
Natural -That’s gonna be a very ungoogle-able name! ..but never mind… good n frantic indie with a high velocity, intense feel, and quite accessible with it, in an early Supergrass manner, but not exactly Britpop. Young, vital band combining their dad’s indie classic CD collections with something quite contemporarilly visceral and Pop Eyed . Eusef- Solo chap in a punked up Pete Doherty via King Krule vein, decent tunes played with plenty of conviction. Kooky -all girl trio aspiring to post millenial Bananarama pop joy…also reminds of ’60s inspired ’80s beehive topped chanteuse Mari Wilson and profers forth a strange and striking blend of ’60s girl groups and ’80s dynamics. The songs are sassy and promise laden. Jodie Brown – female solgirl trio aspiring to a kind of post millenial Bananarama beat pop joy…also reminds of ’60s inspired ’80s beehive topped chanteuse Mari Wilson and profers forth a strange and striking blend of ’60s girl groups and ’80s dynamics. The songs are sassy and promise laden.o artist with band…a lot going on here, breathy punk tood, spacey art rock passages, moody blues psych with edgy, steamy sections…great work, all topped off with a beastly angst and sass ridden bellow, part Siouxsie part bluesy….interesting artist.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£8 on the door
£6 in advance
Fri 24 Feb
Aurovine Music Club
 + Superfecta
 + Dead Air + Levee
 + DJ Fuzz til late
Aurovine Music Club – “This is how Rock Music should sound” is what the good people from Aurovine promise you…with Scandinavian Metal Lords Levee, progressive metal core agents Dead Air outta Leeds, and Superfecta, from London, where grunge and heavy rock blend beautifully.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Sat 25 Feb
I@n Dury & The Blackheads
 + Those Naughty Lumps
 + Hospital Food + DJs We Got Killers
I@n Dury and the Blackheads– The resemblance to the actual Ian Dury with these Blackheads’ very own Mr Love Pants Dave Bickley is certainly uncanny- and what is more he channels the high priest of the Rhythm Stick perfectly on stage… and the band live up to the groovy, energy fuelled playing of the Blockheads too. What a wonderful hit machine they were. All the favourites from New Boots And Panties and beyond will make this a wonderful night out for fans of Sex And Drugs And Rock And indeed Roll. This is what we find. Those Naughty Lumps– when post punk Scouse legends yer Lumps (Zoo Records signees and purveyors of the evergreen fab 45 “Iggy Pop’s Jacket“) reformedca few years ago nobody was quite expecting the nutty, irreverent, adult rock pop mayhem that we got on stage with them. What a delight! Senior they may be, but with more youthful effervescence than a tub of Andrews Liver Salts in a teenagers bath. Promoting their third album since reforming, expect daft sunglasses, dual singers old enough and wise enough to know better, blarty sax, killer lead guitar and a joie de vivre to er, die for. New Wave ! Hospital Food – so what with Ian Dury bring one of those pre punk pub rock eccentrics who righteously rode the New Wave, only proper that we gave some proper, PROPER punk rock on the bill. 3 piece playing a melodic ramalama that has great tood and successfully merges Heartbreakers romanticism with a Rejects like raw oi attack. Hospital Food welcome all people from all walks of life, all races and backgrounds to our gigs. We do not discriminate against race, religion or colour of skin…amen… DJs We Got Killers – party hearty tunes til 2am. All flavas, all eras, from Tony Bugbear and Supersonic Si, seasoned dancefloor enablers… you dictate the vibe. Git down.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£13 on the door
£11 in advance
Sun 26 Feb
Delta Fuse – Delta Fuse is a “Cut-Throat, Brothel Blues Rock band”, with their sound informed by old school bluesy Rick  Soul and 60’s Psychedelia. Hard hitting, intense and raw. Velour Fog – lots of supper charged wah wah rockin’ heavy rawk, Stooges and Hendrix stylee, with Stoner Rock and metal elements, think Sabbath, Metallica. Blistering stuff. Hablo El Diablo-Post grunge stoner rock, verging on metal in places, a stripped down 3 piece, decent tunes played with bags of conviction
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£8 on the door
£6 in advance
Fri 3 Mar
Tizane
 + Apollo
 + St Clair
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£8/£6 on the door
Sat 4 Mar
The New Sticky
 + Caution Eldery People
 + Sold! + Bag Of Cans
 + DJs We Got Killers
The New Sticky-  Back again by popular demand… putting some Punk Funk into yo junk bruddas and sistas….the brilliant The New Sticky hit some of those funky post punk sweet spots also explored in the wake of 1977 by the likes of The Pop Group, Gang Of 4, Fire Engines and The Clash. All done with a whacked out, joyous and frenetic fever. There’s even a bit of Haircut 100 in there…now where did I put my Arran sweater, cavalry trews and putties?   Excellent high wire, wired and wiry wonderment! Caution Eldery People – Youthful (mostly!) punkers taking hold of the grungey end of raucous ramalama and making it a joyful 2020s place to be. Beautiful. Kick Out The Jams Gramps, Vive Le Rock Our Nan!   Sold! – combining spaghetti western guitars with a bit of a skank and some exotic bass moves, this is all quite daring and deviant…love it – the guitars are A1 neato.  With the vocals it’s kind of Bid out of Monochrome Set or Jowe Head in Swell Maps… reminds a bit of the arsey, agitated proto Fat Whites band The Saudis, who also graced our stage with scratchy guitars and much attitood! Bag Of Cans –  could these baked beans and lager enthusiasts be the spiritual spawn of The Farmers Boys and Serious Drinking? Well they are from Norwich…and they do seem to have that particularly East Anglian gift for shabby, non conformist, good time punk rockery. Superb fun. DJs We Got Killers – In keeping with the night, expect a pithy, perky, pervy Punk Funk Set into the usual all bangers, no clangers mixed bag of dancefloor frenzy fabulousnessness…
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Thu 9 Mar
Third Wheel– Playing impressively Uber commercial anthemic rousing pop with a Celtic flair and air…amazing melodic gifts to be found here, and lots of hooks to help reel you in…sounds like uplifting music that could be perfectly bedded in film or TV, and no doubting the chops on show here. Brake Loose – Heavy grunge/stoner vibes from Dublin…think Pearl Jam, Soundgarden … lots of commercial nous with powerful playing. The Battery Farm – ‘Gutter Punk’ band from Manchester, their sound is visceral, dark, heavy and powerful while retaining a strong sense of melody.  Some humorous content (‘Roy Keane Isn’t Real’) and plenty of originality amidst the punk rock format plus a few elements of Manc cum Brit Indie a la North West …. The Front Rank – from army manoeuvres to Oasis, Stone Roses and La’s informed righteous scally rock, plenty of attack and some explosive elements too.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£8 on the door
£6 in advance
Fri 10 Mar
St. Jimi Sebastian Cricket Club is a Swedish project led by Jimi Sebastian and the press has described their music as an exciting mix of bands like The Jam, The Clash, Arcade Fire & Pink Floyd or if you prefer “working class/Mod/Casual/Indie”. They have toured England twice before and are by some considered as one of Sweden’s best and most entertaining acts.” From Stockholm Sweden,  great stuff that harks back to post brit pop indie a-la The  CoralPetty Cassettes –mode-ish,  modish indie band from Scotland. Look good, play with conviction and passion. Tapping into their forebears- Orange Juice, Josef K for sure, early TeenageFanclub too… nicely raw and raucous but melodic indie with a 1960s tinge. Unlike a lit of vids of bands we watch here at Bugbear HQ this lot look like they NEED to do it- great to see… Taurus Trakker – Superb anthemic rockers and stylish post punk pop gems all the way with this boy/girl punk duo producd by Mick Jones and sweetly steeped in the lore and mythology of The Clash. 5 Goal Thriller- these indie rock mover shakers have playing Buggabear shows longer than we’d care to admit! Good to have them back! Top fellas playing raunchy slacker rock with elements of The Cure and Dinosaur Jr.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Sat 11 Mar
The Clash Vs The Ramones
 + Punky Reggae Party
 + The Ramoaners + DJs We Got Killers
Punky Reggae Party-  Clash Vs Ramones – The Clash truly led the way in combining punk and reggae and making Bob Marley‘s clarion call a stylistic reality.  Thus the band of the same name, Punky Reggae Party,  playing the music of 1977 to 1980-ish, like what it says on the tin. Especially The Clash.  Tonight it’s most likely Strummer and Jones and co. all the way (I Fought The Law, London Calling, Complete Control, Tommy Gun, Safe European Home and more!) as PRP lock horns with the punk movement’s most singular influence… The Ramones … The Ramoaners channel Da Bruddas brilliantly, but also have a shed load of other punk era classics up their leather jacket sleeves. As the Great Man said… “1-2-3-4!” DJs We Got Killers keep the skanking punky party going til 2am.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£13 on the door
£11 in advance
Wed 15 Mar
The False Dots – Nicely sardonic punk/post punk with flights of fancy and social comment in equal measure. Take on some nice ratty skanking that reminds a bit of Alternative TV, via Madness maybe, also a bit of head wobbling trippy jangling, all topped off with nicely pitched mockney vocalising. Will please fans of Squeeze, Half Man Half Biscuit and even Bad Manners I shouldn’t wonder! Excellent stuff. The Shoals – talking of Bad Manners, these guys feature an ex member of said beery ska pop giants, and what’s more, talking of Madness, a certain Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson‘s lad Daley features too. Job’s a good un. The Harlem Racket –  ever attended Karl Lagerfeld’s Vampire Club? Well tonight’s the night…and expect some grinding garage rock with your bloody neck bizniz too. That’s just one of the marvellously monikered Harlem Racket’s spiky little vignettes of joy…enjoy them all tonight. Divided Compass – euphoric positive pop with a jangly indie element and a strident radio rock vibe too…nice drops and peaks, as featured on their rather cool single ‘Destined Future’. 
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£8 on the door
£6 in advance
Fri 17 Mar
Dublin Castle St Pat's Craic
 + Skimmington Ride
 + Riff Raff + DJ Fuzz
Dublin Castle St Pat’s Craic Attack –   one of the greatest Irish boozers in the world,  the greatest pub venue in London, with St Pat’s falling on a Friday this year…of course we’re having a big feck off Party with dancing and responsible drinking in mind. In fact we had this wonderful bill on the Saturday after Pats last year, and it was such a hit we made a point of revisiting it. Skimmington Ride- Superb, Full-on Pogues meets the Dubliners mash up, heavy emphasis on the Rebel Song folk roots anthems, but all delivered in a rocking, Party hearty manner. A perfect way to salute St Patrick.  Riff Raff – back on the block with their charming punk/pop/ska/rude reggae concoction, Riff Raff  concentrate on fun and then some.  Like the man said, these sounds lead the way. Fuck art, fuck everything, let’s dance. And there will be dancing to the small hours, DJ Fuzz at the controls, playing his usual banging set, with no doubt plenty of Irish dancefloor fillers lined up for your delectation.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£15 on the door
£12 in advance
Sat 18 Mar
Vee VV
 + Karl Hildebrandt
 + DJs We Got Killers
Vee VV – ‘This autodidactic Mancunian four-piece, carved out a niche as purveyors of blistering, taut, sometimes transgressive yet always white hot, contemporary sounding agit-noise; designed to shake the spine and open the mind. Bellicose to the last…’  And we’re pleased to say they’re back!  Cranked up and crisp, frantic and fraught with just enough shouty rawness to tip them into punk from post punk psych…the missing link between Killing Joke and Happy Mondays?...possibly.  Ombudsman – Hailing from the sound washed streets of Manchester and offering sound financial advice, whilst being prone to bouts of funk, punk and psychedelia. Superb! Karl Hildebrandt – not to be confused with either the German philosopher or the similarly Teutonic EDM DJ…or is he?!… this Karl H is a poet out of Manchester- ‘I intend to make people listen to my prose & poetry. Nothing more. Nothing less. Enjoy. or not. Not arsed.’ OK so we’ll draw the line at calling Karl a punk poet but he’s certainly got tood. Top drawer. Plus DJs We Got Killers hitting up some classic Manchester vibes, punk funk, reggae, soul and disco til 2am.   NB DAYTIME SHOW IS SEPARATE 2.30pm BUY TICKETS HERE https://www.wegottickets.com/event/570822/ After last night’s big St Pat’s Party, what better in The Dublin Castle of all places than to keep the party going on what is afterall a Paddy’s Weekender! This matinee show is our Paddy’s Day Hangover Cure Party with the amazing Clan of Celts, kicking off at around 2.30pm, plus some party tunes from our resident DJs We Got Killers. The Clan are a fantastic 5 piece Celtic Rock band. Denis gtr vocal Alistair, Bass gtr Tim, accordion +vocal Nathan, Drum Alice, fiddle+vocal…
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£14 on the door
£12 in advance
Fri 31 Mar
Jackals
 + Kosta D and the Fortune Tellers
 + The Gas Band + Sun Pinned Leaves
Jackals – high energy supercharged pop-neo soul concoction with a funky, frantic feel that makes for dancing feet and a smiling fizzog for sure . Loads of great songs, really tight and accomplished playing for one’s so young, and a general feeling of bonhomie and cool times. This band could be humdingingly humongous…which is why we have them on a Dublin Castle residency. Come and see them in intimate surroundings while you still can throughout Spring and Summer 2023! Kosta D and the Fortune Tellers – Psychedelic folk pop with a hazy U.S West Coast feel, Country Joe and the Fish maybe but lyrically more of a Ray Davies thing going on, quite nice, and again utterly bankable pop pickers!  The Gas–  Slinky funky old school Baggy beats and some nice geezerly character plots in the songs a la Squeeze or Madness but sonically more Blur meets The Farm. These mature guys may well have been doing this 30 years ago when Baggy Britpop Bonanza!… Sun Pinned Leaves  – now with four absolutely talent packed albums under their belts, the former Nuffin duo ply a very different trade with SPL. Country Rock, sophisticated pop, gentle social comment based balladeering, satirical hot rockers, heartfelt, anthemic stompers. All life is here. No wonder they keep winning awards for their songs!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Sat 1 Apr
Ball Of Fire Meets Coast To Coast
 + The Estimators
 + DJ Cello
1st April 2023, and you’d be a fool not to head down to The Dublin Castle for the eagerly anticipated first instalment for this year of ‘BALL OF FIRE MEETS COAST TO COAST’. BALL OF FIRE MEETS COAST TO COAST’ is packed out with all types, all ages, all cultures, all genders, all good people,  enjoying live SKA music from hosts THE ESTIMATORS, a splendidly vibrant traditional Jamaican ska band hailing out of London, England. Co-host DJ CELLO provides the coolest of music on original 45, spinning an eclectic fusion of 60s Northern Soul, Reggae, Ska, Latin & Boogaloo, beautifully combined at  one of the most unique club nights in London Town.  With an inclusive, loved up party atmosphere more like your best friend’s birthday bash than a normal pub gig, this is one party you don’t want to miss! So if you have anything to celebrate tonite get on board for a guaranteed great night out! https://www.facebook.com/events/1495933240817414
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£13 on the door
£10 in advance
Sun 2 Apr
Gary Numan Nite
 + The Liquid Engineers
 + DJs
Gary Numan has been cited as a major influence on acts such as Nine Inch Nails to Prince, his music has been covered or remodelled by acts from Beck, Blur, Basement Jaxx, Africa Bambatta Marilyn Manson, Little Boots, Sugababes and many more.  Standing within the smoke and haze effects and with the light show transporting  you to the front row seat of a Gary Numan concert, PAT MARTIN without doubt, the  hardest working UK Gary Numan tribute, delivers  a vocal and visual spectacle from the moment he hits the stage  and the band begins to perform that unique and authentic NUMAN sound. THE LIQUID ENGINEERS  are a 5 piece live band  performing  material from the start of Numans career right up to his current sound… the band gives Numan fans old and new a show that will remain in your memory long after you left the venue.
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Sun 16 Apr
Blyth Power
 + Mark Thomas
 + Atilla The Stockbroker + Barnstormer 1649
 + DJs
Bugbear and Atilla The Stockbroker Present… A Sunday afternoon of diverse and hard hitting entertainments. Attila the Stockbroker with spoken word, dub poetry and his band Barnstormer 1649, who combine early music and punk. The searingly hilarious social commentary of the inimitable Mark Thomas. And the soaring, train-powered melodies and historic epics of Blyth Power.
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Fri 28 Apr
Jackals
 + (Residency)
 + Isabel Inkcap + 2Wal
 + The Skylarks + DJ Fuzz
Jackals – high energy supercharged pop-neo soul concoction with a funky, frantic feel that makes for dancing feet and a smiling fizzog for sure . Loads of great songs, really tight and accomplished playing for ones so young, and a general feeling of bonhomie and cool times. This band could be humdingingly humongous…which is why we have them on a Dublin Castle residency.  This is the second outing of their residency this evening… Come and see them in intimate surroundings while you still can throughout Spring and Summer 2023! Isabel Inkcap – Southend On Sea’s indie psych folk chanteuse supreme, with a set imbued by tasteful accompaniment and head turning song craft. 2Wal – ‘Heavy Western’ them calls it…some dark eyed, gothic (small G) alt folk troubadour business is the key here, featuring a striking, high register, keening vocal. Beautiful stuff. Skylarks – Fine exponents of ‘Lounge Punk’ with some finely tuned tastes in the bedrock of proper lofi, poptabulous indie rock. A Felt cover? Yes please!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Sat 29 Apr
Straighten Out
 + Special Guest DJ The Doctor
 + (Dr and the Medics)
STRAIGHTEN OUT are the premier Stranglers tribute band out there…if you were lucky enough to be in the audience last time around in The Dublin Castle you’ll know what a superb experience this is. Not just a tribute- as sincere and assured an expression of The Meninblack’s best works as you could possibly hope for. And it’s a great fit in The Dublin Castle. With an extensive set-list that spans two solid hours, Straighten Out re-create the ‘early years’ sound of The Stranglers, complete with a keyboard rig that is the same model as the original used by Mr. Greenfield himself in the 1970’s…! The growling bass sound and the quirky guitar riffs are all there to be heard as is the dual vocal ‘attack’ from the two frontmen a la Burnel-Cornwell as they rip through all the classics: ‘Peaches’, ‘Hanging Around’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘5 Minutes’, ‘The Raven’, ‘Walk On By’, ‘Straighten Out’, ‘Down In The Sewer’ and many more as they cover virtually the whole of the first three Stranglers’ albums and beyond… Straighten Out – live and unleashed – will take you on a nostalgia trip that transports you back to those raw, powerful, exhilarating times when The Stranglers emerged through the quagmire of mediocrity to produce some of the finest tunes ever written…Straighten Out will put you back in that place…! We Got Killers’ Special Guest DJ tonight is the goodliest of good doctors, THE Doctor himself, Clive Jackson of Dr and The Medics, bringing a bit of a Return to Alice In Wonderland vibe to The Dublin Castle after Straighten Out tonite. What a marvellous night out!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£15 on the door
£12.50 in advance
Sat 20 May
The Original One Step Behind
 + 30th Anniversary Reunion Show
 + (Original MadnessTribute) + DJs We Got Killers
One Step Behind is the UK’s Premier and longest surviving MADNESS tribute band. Formed in spring 1993, the band achieved widespread recognition in an unusually short time, playing venues the length and breadth of Britain including the Marquee Club in London & the Venue in New Cross. Jaunts into Europe and beyond are also common place. Members of Madness have joined the One Step boys on stage on a number of occasions. Sax player Lee Thompson has played a few times commenting the band were “Tight as a ducks arse” and “Brilliant”. Lee is also quoted as saying that OSB were “single handily keeping the good ship Madness afloat”. Drummer Dan “Woody” Woodgate joined the band on stage for “One Step Beyond” and told the boys he thought they were amazing. “That’s exactly what we used to be like – you’ve got it to a tee!” he said. Fine praise indeed! And he could not believe the keyboard playing used no overdubs and was all being played live! Perhaps the greatest tribute came from Suggs himself. At a gig at G-MEX in Manchester walked up to the microphone and said “By the way, we’re MADNESS not One Step Behind!!” The subsequent review in the Melody Maker bared the headline “One Step Behind”. Fine praise indeed!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£17.50 on the door
£15.00 in advance
Sat 10 Jun
The Clash Vs Buzzcocks!
 + Punky Reggae Party
 + Buzzkocks + DJs We Got Killers
Punky Reggae Party- The Clash  Vs Buzzcocks truly led the way in combining punk and reggae and making Bob Marley‘s clarion call a stylistic reality.  Thus the band of the same name, playing the music of 1977 to 1980-ish that lived up to what it says on the tin. Especially The Clash.  Tonight it’s Strummer and Jones and co. all the way (I Fought The Law, London Calling, Complete Control, Tommy Gun, Safe European Home and more!) as we pitch their back catalogue,  channelled brilliantly by PRP, against that of Shelley, Diggle as perfected by BuzzKocks, the UK’s Number one Buzzcocks tribute band, hailing from yer actual Manchester.  BuzzKocks recreate songs from the band’s ‘golden era’, 1976 -1979. Featuring all the classic singles ‘Orgasm Addict’ ‘What Do I Get’ ‘Love You More’ ‘Ever Fallen In Lovre’ ‘Promises’ and Steve Diggle‘s masterpiece ‘Harmony In My Head‘ as well as a vast array of songs from the albums  ‘Another Music In A Different Kitchen’ ‘Love Bites’ and ‘A Different Kind Of Tension’, not forgetting the EP Spiral Scratch. All done with the same sound, energy and passion as the originals. BuzzKocks will bring you a fantastic ‘rip roaring’ set of fast, melodic Punk Rock that was the trademark of this seminal Punk outfit. Everybody’s Happy Nowadays…
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£13 on the door
£11 in advance
Sat 17 Jun
AKA Noel Gallagher
 + Special Guests "Joy Division!"
 + Unknown Pleasures + (Joy Div Trib)
The Legendary Noel G– In 1996 Noel Gallagher left his jack and coke behind in the Dublin when he left in a hurry due to being severely papped and also being a little disgruntled at Damon Albarn having it large at the secret Blur gig the week before. ‘I’ll be back for that’ he said…and here he isn’t… Actually a) the jack and coke is still awaiting his return with a cling film lid in a safe place behind the bar, and b) This may not actually be Noel Gallagher but fook me it’s fooking brilliant our kid, an amazing band fronted by a remarkable Gallagherization. All yer Noelly/Oasis faves ahoy. And tonight get in nice and early to experience something generally only available in a parallel Manc universe…Noel Gallagher supported by Joy Division! Unknown Pleasures play the music of JD and have been known to throw a bit of Magazine in too! Manchester so much to answer for? So much great music! What a City. What a night! It’s Oasis Vs Joy Division
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£13 on the door
£10 in advance
Sun 18 Jun
Andres “Ska Beat” Cotter
 + Special Guests
 + DJs
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sun 18 Jun
Andres “Ska Beat” Cotter
 + Special Guests
 + DJs
Andres “Ska Beat” Cotter. Bassist and music producer, born in Buenos Aires in 1971, Andres Cotter has been playing Ska and Reggae since he was 17, founding bands such as “Riddim”, “Satellite Kingston” and “Ska Beat City”,  and performing in Argentina with the likes of Ken Boothe, Pauline Black and Roddy Byers,  and in London in 2019 at Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues.  Over the years he has also developed as a producer, recording with Dr Ring Ding (Germany), Nick Welsh, Jennie Matthias, Willo and Martin Stewart (U.K.), Luigi Di Gaspari (ITA), Greg Lee, Freddie Reiter and David Hillyard (U.S.A.) Ken Stewart (Skatalites), Dan Vitale (Bim Skala Bim) and Argentinian musicians, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Los Pericos, Los Auténticos Decadentes, Dancing Mood, and others. In 2021 he released his first album “Cotter Passport Vol. 1” and in 2022, “Cotter Passport Vol. 2”. Tonight’s show promises to be a must attend carnival of fabulous international Ska and Reggae flavours. Party Time!
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance