Alcione – The Queen of Samba

Alcione, also known as “The Queen of Samba,” is one of Brazil’s most beloved and influential singers. With a career spanning over five decades, she has left an indelible mark on Brazilian music, particularly in the genres of samba and MPB (Música Popular Brasileira).

Born in São Luís, Maranhão, Alcione began her musical journey at a young age, inspired by her father, a conductor of a military band. She moved to Rio de Janeiro in the early 1970s, where her unique voice and powerful stage presence quickly captured the hearts of audiences.

Alcione’s discography boasts numerous gold and platinum records, and her music is celebrated for its soulful interpretations and rhythmic complexity. She has released over 30 albums, with hits like “Não Deixe o Samba Morrer,” “Você Me Vira a Cabeça (Me Tira do Sério),” and “Meu Ébano” becoming timeless classics.

Her contributions to music have earned her multiple awards, including the prestigious Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Beyond her musical achievements, Alcione is also known for her advocacy for social causes, including the fight against racism and the promotion of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Join us for an unforgettable evening with Alcione in Cork this September, and experience the magic of Brazil’s Queen of Samba live in concert. Don’t miss this chance to see a legend perform her greatest hits and more!

Hothouse Flowers

Something amazing happens when Hothouse Flowers step onto the stage – something that has been shaped by almost forty years of singing and playing all over the world, yet no two shows have ever been the same! There is a sense of musical adventure, an impulse to reach new heights and depths in music where the unspoken aim is that the band and the audience become one and the world becomes a different place for a while.

2024 saw the band release a brand new documentary “Stick Around and Laugh a While” that followed their  amazing journey from performing on Grafton Street, Dublin through to current day.

“Stick Around and Laugh a While” isn’t just a look back—it’s a heart-to-heart, a story of persistence, passion, and the sheer joy of making music with your mates. It’s about sticking together through thick and thin, and why, after all these years, Hothouse Flowers continues to bloom.

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader born and raised in Los Angeles. His three bodies of work to date—The Epic; Harmony of Difference, an EP originally commissioned for the 2017 Whitney Biennial; and Heaven and Earth—are among the most acclaimed of this century. As Told To G/D Thyself, his short film companion to Heaven and Earth, debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to widespread acclaim.

In 2020, Washington scored the Michelle Obama documentary Becoming, earning Emmy and Grammy nominations for his work. Also in 2020, Washington co-founded the supergroup Dinner Party with longtime friends and collaborators Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and 9th Wonder—their EP Dinner Party (Dessert) was subsequently nominated for a Grammy for Best Progressive R&B Album. In 2021, Washington contributed a cover of Metallica’s “My Friend of Misery” to the band’s Metallica Blacklist covers project.

Washington has toured the world over and collaborated and shared stages with Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Herbie Hancock—with whom he will curate the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest for the second year in a row—and many more. His new album Fearless Movement, inspired by dance and the birth of his first daughter, is out May 3rd on Young.

Buena Vista All Stars Presents – One Night in Havana

Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of the world’s concert halls, a night filled with enchanting rhythms and timeless narratives that have touched hearts all over the world…The Buena Vista All Stars, featuring Ibrahim Ferrer Jr. and other renowned Cuban musicians, bring the essence of Afro-Cuban nostalgia to life with their show “Una Noche En La Habana” (One Night in Havana).

This performance transports audiences from the streets of Havana to global concert stages, blending tradition with innovation through enchanting rhythms and cultural narratives. The tour includes classics like “Chan Chan” and “Dos Gardenias” alongside new tracks from their upcoming album, set for release in May 2024.

The Buena Vista All Stars offer an unforgettable musical experience that celebrates and preserves Cuba’s rich musical heritage.

Amadou & Mariam

At 60 years of age and with a career spanning almost 50 years, Amadou & Mariam have established themselves as the ultimate ambassadors of Afro pop.

Their upcoming album “La Vie Est Belle”, slated for release in the fall, brings together exclusive material and essential songs. This greatest hits record will capture the last twenty years of the duo’s career. It will feature highlights from “Dimanche à Bamako” – the album that propelled Amadou & Mariam into pop stardom which turns 20 this year.

In those 20 years, Amadou & Mariam enjoyed international success, collaborated with some of the world’s greatest names (Damon Albarn of Blur, Santigold, Scissor Sisters, Theophilus London, Amp Fiddler…) and toured the world’s largest festivals. Over the course of their career, Amadou & Mariam took the Malian blues that made them a household name and opened it up to rock, hip-hop and disco influences, spreading their Afropop message and joie de vivre.

We’ve always dreamed of tearing down walls and opening people’s ears to new sounds so the whole world can discover and appreciate Malian music.”

Amadou & Mariam

Whole Lotta Zepp

Following a superb Cork show earlier this year in Cork Opera House, Whole Lotta Zepp are delighted to announce their return on Saturday 8th March 2025.

Established in 2010, Whole Lotta Zepp are a music collective dedicated to recreating the majesty of Led Zeppelin’s music as it sounds on their recorded albums. Since then, the band have put on an annual concert, of which, every single one has sold out.

Whole Lotta Zepp are, minimum 10 musicians strong, but often even more, comprising the cream of Irish musical talent, who have performed with everyone from Elton John to George Michael.

And of course, always a fixture is their trademark: three drummers on three drum sets.

2024 has been WLZ’s biggest year to date, and the band is extremely excited to bring the show out on the road again in 2025 .

Villagers

Dublin has a long and legendary tradition of writers, and since Conor O’Brien adopted the name Villagers, the singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-dramatist has joined the club with a rich, deep and diverse body of work. Critically acclaimed, Villagers have been awarded Ireland’s Choice Music Prize, nominated for UK’s Mercury Music Prize and Conor has been awarded two prestigious Ivor Novello’s for his songwriting.

Villagers sixth studio album, That Golden Time due for release in May 2024 (via Domino) underlines O’Brien’s unwavering commitment to a uniquely nuanced, literate and melodic fusion of folk, pop and rock that has won awards and accolades from peers such as Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, Damon Albarn and Guy Garvey.

The Rock Orchestra

Following sell-out tours of Europe and USA, The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight returns with an epic, new 90-minute concert, breathing beautifully dark energy into legendary Rock & Metal.

In ethereal candlelit settings, this band of 14 classical musicians unleash effortlessly enchanting melodies alongside powerful walls of distortion.

Witness the unexpected union of Classical and Metal!

WHAT THEIR FANS THINK;

“Every rock fan should see and hear this concert!”
“You’re mad if you don’t go – truly amazing”
“First class entertainment by first class musicians”
“The sublime talents of classical musicians are married to the raw power of Rock”
“Candles, rock, metal, strings – it really works!”

Breathe – The Pink Floyd Experience – ”PULSE”

As Ireland’s premier Pink Floyd tribute show, Breathe has been captivating audiences since 2015 with their impeccable musicianship and unwavering dedication to the iconic sounds of Pink Floyd.

“PULSE” is a breathtaking journey through Pink Floyd’s legendary live album, meticulously crafted to capture the essence and energy of their iconic performances. From the haunting melodies of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” to the electrifying pulse of “Another Brick in the Wall,” Breathe delivers an authentic Pink Floyd experience that will leave audiences spellbound.

Featuring the crème de la crème of Ireland’s session musicians, Breathe brings together a powerhouse lineup of talent. With members who have previously graced stages alongside some of the country’s top acts, including Sinead O’Connor, Westlife, Shane McGowan, The RTE concert Orchestra and Ian Richie (Rogar Water’s band) this ensemble embodies the essence of musical excellence.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music, nostalgia, and pure sonic bliss as Breathe – The Pink Floyd Experience pays homage to one of the greatest bands of all time. Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of Pink Floyd brought to life on stage like never before. Get your tickets now and prepare to be transported to the heart of the music with “PULSE.

The Andrea Bocelli Experience

Bel Canto Productions proudly presents The Andrea Bocelli Experience – Europe’s #1 Live Tribute Show. Join us at Cork Opera House this September for a celebration of Andrea Bocelli’s remarkable 30-year career with live performances by multi-award-winning Irish tenor Alan Fitzsimons.

Experience a captivating lineup of Bocelli’s most beloved songs including the powerful ‘Caruso’, ‘Il Mare Calmo Della Sera’, ‘Fall on Me’ and much more. Also featuring breathtaking duets such as ‘The Prayer’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye’, performed by Alan and sensational soprano, Rachel Goode.

Accompanied by a stellar ensemble of Ireland’s finest classical musicians, The Andrea Bocelli Experience is more than just a tribute; it’s a journey through the essence of classical and crossover music, celebrated in the way it deserves..

Secure your seats early, as tickets are limited. Don’t miss this extraordinary event!