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Upstairs@Whelan’s from Midnight.

Doors: 11:30pm

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Penrose and The Smoking Giants team up for a electric night of Indie Rock/Pop in Whelans upstairs, you can attend the event for FREE once you say you are ‘Going’ to the gig on this event page.


Irish indie rock ensemble Penrose has its roots in a two person act originally started by musician Darragh McGrane in 2013. The original line up quickly gained hype by performing at venues such as Sweeney’s, The Grand Social, Sin E and The Mercantile as well as appearances on Balcony TV and Radio Nova.

The line-up has gradually expanded to a four piece ensemble and their pedigree is quickly developing with the band supporting the likes of Jack L, The Original Rude Boys, The Mighty Stef ,Paddy Casey and From the Jam and The Minutes on the vibrant Irish live scene…each performance well lauded by those media present at the gigs. The ill fated Killarney Festival (regrettably cancelled, June 2015) should have seen Penrose open the Main Stage, sharing the bill with Duran Duran, Texas and The Proclaimers. Instead the band was invited that weekend to share the bill with Damien Dempsey and Mundy at the INEC, Killarney – a pop up alternative event put together for charity.

Penrose can now be described as a solid Indie Rock/Pop band with catchy uplifting songs that have “attitude” and that stick in your head. Mixing the pop sensibilities& harmonies of The Beatles / ELO, the snarling vocals of Marc Bolan and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of The Verve, Penrose are a truly powerful force…live and on record. The guys are ready to make their mark on the international music scene.

The line-up sees Caolan Fitzsimons (rhythm guitar), Mark Bolger (bass) and drummer Donal Bowens complementing McGrane’s lead vocals and lead guitar. The Dublin based quartet having successfully unveiled there debut EP “ Live for the Dream” which charted at NO.1 in the Irish charts to a sell out house of fans & media at The Grand Social July, 25th last. The Band then released there critically acclaimed single MELODY wich charted at No. 10 in the Irish charts and was picked up by all Irish national radio stations such as Today FM, FM 104 and RTE, with TV appearances to on RTE’s TwoTube, the band then followed this up with yet another sell out show to their home fans in Dublins own Academy 2 venue. They are now planning the release of there second EP for Spring 2016 with Irish and UK tour dates to be announced very soon.

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Another very interesting Irish prospect are The Smoking Giants. Their single ‘Push It Forward’ is a proper alt-rock number with a great riff and a big sound. The members of this group have played in different bands before and toured the UK and Ireland plenty, which explains why they sound like they’ve been together for years.

Their debut so far has already been nominated for best Single from pureM Dublin based magazine also Festival gig guide Ireland made it track of the week, it has hit the airwaves with TXFM, YAGFM, Dublin City FM, 2FM, FM 104 live session/ interview.

Watch this space as the band hit the road with live shows to promote their debut ” Push it Forward “.


FREE before 10:30pm, Club entry applies after 10:30pm (Thur/Fri/Sat)

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