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Tickets: €18.50 including booking fee | VIP options available from | Tickets on sale Wednesday 20 December at 9am

An accomplished actor, having starred as Enzo in The Vampire Diaries from 2013, Michael Malarkey’s first love was always music.

His initial connection to music stemmed from his love of the Beatles as a child. From punk band frontman to poetic lyricist, Malarkey had crafted five albums worth of songs before releasing his debut EP, Feed The Flames, back in 2014. With a sophomore EP, Knots, released in 2015, Malarkey was prepared to craft his formal full-length debut, telling the story of restlessness—a theme ever so apparent for Malarkey. Whittling through 50 demos and creating a tracklisting that just felt right, Mongrels – his debut album – was formed.

“Thematically, what I settled on was this idea of the mongrel—the restlessness. This sense of longing and hope, but sadness. This sense of looking out and feeling that emptiness and need to move. I think these have been running themes in my life, and that’s what I wanted to portray with Mongrels,” Malarkey explains. “But, in a way, Mongrels is a dark place. I had a bit of a darkness come over me when I was writing a lot of these songs. It’s about pressing through that. The photo on the cover is in the woods, and the video for ‘Mongrels,’ you see me going into those woods. Basically it’s this idea of pressing on, going through and coming out the other side.”

For Malarkey, this entire process has been one of self-discovery. A series of “happy accidents.” And, most importantly, a full-length release he’s excited to share with the world. “I don’t want people to think that I’m just an actor who records shit albums on the side. This is very much my life and my heart in this album,” Malarkey explains. “It’s scary too because you’re revealing a lot about yourself. If people who are poetically-minded are paying attention, they’re going to be reading a bit of an autobiography. It [songwriting] was a form of poetic journalism for me,” Malarkey explains. “Mongrels is all over the place. It’s a dark little terrain. People say, ‘Why do you make such sad music? You’re such an upbeat, positive dude,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, it’s because I do that that I’m able to be like that.’”

Michael Malarkey headlines Whelan’s on Saturday 16 June 2018 – tickets on sale this Wednesday from


ON SALE WED 20th DEC, 9AM: €18.50 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat)

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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