Local music venue the Spirit Store has been closed for refurbishment since mid November, and is nearly ready for it’s grand opening in December. In fact it may even reopen it’s doors earlier than expected.
A spokesperson for the venue recently commented on Facebook about the reopening of the popular local bar.
“It looks like it’ll be the weekend before the first live show on Dec 12th. All good things come to those who wait.”
The newly renovated Spirit Store will now boast state of the art bar facilities and a live music arena unrivalled in the North East.
Tickets for upcoming December gigs have been flying out the door and soon more shows will be added to the sold out column pretty shortly so pick up your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The schedule is packed with some of the biggest names in Irish music including Andy Irvine, Jerry Fish, Delorentos, The Very Specials, Duke Special, Mick Flannery and Turn,
On Wednesday, December 12, Damien Dempsey will be the first musician to play in the new, improved music venue and the gig has been sold out for quite some time now.
Next up to play the new Venue is Duke Special who will perform on Thursday, December 13. Tickets are still available for this show so get your hands on them while you still can.
On Saturday, December 14, Permanent Deja Vu will launch their new album with guests Richard Richard, Manifesto and Few Last Wolves. Tickets still available.
Downstairs on the same night will be Dundalk based Drum and bass outfit Rastachaun who will explore all things breakbeat and celebrate 10 years as a collective.
An excellent mix of breakbeat, dubstep, hip-hop, and funk with Rastachaun residents: Covert, Skinny, and friends.
Then on Sunday BellX1 who have been doing shows in the Spirit Store since they first opened will return to help relaunch the venue.
They are currently touring their live album “Field Recordings” and the show will be largely an acoustic affair. Tickets to this show are sold out.
Other acts performing over Christmas include Brian Kennedy, Pat Coldrick, Delorentos, Thin Lizzy, Bobby McCarthy, The Trampz, Paddy Casey and Mick Flannery.
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And, If that’s not enough for you, they have two new shows from further afield.
The first of the Spirit Store’s series of innovative ‘In Conversation’ shows features Hamell On Trial.
The admission price not only allows you to witness a performance by the great man, but before the gig itself Hamell will be in conversation with The Irish Times’ rock music critic, Tony Clayton-Lea. Chat? Sweat? Laughs? Insights? All in one night, all on one ticket.
Hamell On Trial is a one man Punk show with politics, passion, intelligence, energy and a razor wit.
From the placid shores of Lake Geneva comes a sonic earthquake. It’s the ragged punk Cajun sound of a Swiss trio.
Fusing the old time French migrant music of Louisiana with garage rock’n’roll, Mama Rosin create an alternative raw incendiary music & have attracted worldwide attention.
They released their very first record on the legendary independent Swiss label Voodoo Rhythm Records.
So make sure you pop down to the Spirit Store this Christmas to check out their new venue and see one of the great acts they have lined up for December.