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Whelan’s Upstairs • Sat 21st October 2023

Runway Lights are a five-piece rock band from Dublin.

Their defining sound emerges from the adventurous musicality of brothers Shane and Oisin O’Neill, with Shane’s melodic, sonorous, and often startling arpeggios and progressions in constant conversation with Oisin’s enveloping soundscapes and riotous, explosive guitar playing.

Louise O’Hanlon’s versatile vocals range from salving to sultry to stormy, her thoughtful and introspective lyrics forming songs at once melancholy and joyous, serene and furious.

The rhythm section of Colm Keenan (drums) and Ronan Parker (bass) works to intensify or playfully subvert O’Hanlon’s songs, bringing the music in genre-crossing rhythmic directions.

They released their debut EP “What Defines a Villain” in 2019, with singles “Crash” and “Broad Strokes” being named track of the day on Hot Press and Critics described the EP as “delicately charming, tranquilizing and heavily dynamic…each track builds and grows wonderfully to create hair raising crescendos and explosive instrumental highs” (Indie Buddie), and “Music that on one hand holds a loving lullaby at its heart but works in just the right amount of darker undertones. Meticulously arranged with a unique and almost haunting vocal.” (Hot Press Magazine).

Following an EP launch concert played to 150 people at the Workman’s Club in Dublin, and an appearance at Whelan’s Ones To Watch festival in 2019, further plans were delayed by lockdown in 2020. The band took this time away from live performance to experiment, write, and record.

The band released their ‘Sunday’ EP in July of this year with a sell out launch gig in The Crowbar Terrace in The Button Factory. Their debut album ‘Fracture and Fragment’ will be released on October 13th with the launch gig taking place in Whelan’s Upstairs on Saturday October 21st.

Support comes from Adam Fleming and Anie Valentine.


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€12 available online from Whelan’s – 50c per ticket service charge applies

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos