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Monster Monster complete their Irish tour in Whelans following the release of their single “The City’s Ours”. The track is taken from their same titled debut EP which was recorded with UK producer James Lewis (Rudimental, Sunset Sons, Rae Morris).

It’s been a great first year for Monster Monster. Having launched in November 2014, the band went on to gig throughout the country including performances in Electric Picnic, Whelans, Cleere’s and Canalaphonic. The year cumulated in the launch of their debut EP, The City’s Ours. They kicked off 2016 in Whelans Ones To Watch with a ‘alt-pop brilliance’ performance.

Another Monster Monster tune, Christmas In Liverpool, continues to be a firm favourite of Liverpool Football Club. The club love the tune. After playing it at all their games in Anfield over Christmas in 2014, they continued again in 2015. As far as Mick, (life-long Liverpool fan) is concerned; this is ‘the best thing that has EVER happened!’ The song continues to be played heavily on many Irish and UK radio stations for the last two Christmases.

Monster Monster began in the most unlikely of situations; an argument in a bar. Songwriter Mick Stuart (who can’t sing for nuts) was looking for a singer. Whilst out with friends in Dublin’s Stags Head, Mick got into a heated discussion with singer-songwriter Ríona Sally Hartman as to whether or not singer-songwriters could do a good job with other people’s songs. With every pint the debate got more heated until a challenge was set and the pair agreed to meet the following day to put their arguments to the test. Ríona won!

Mick and Ríona went on to collaborate on a number of projects leading to their latest and boldest, Monster Monster, an alternative pop act with songwriting at the heart. Songs by Mick are developed and made her own by Ríona. Exploring the range between love and hate, they create one voice from contrasting perspectives. Mick writes with one thing in mind, Ríona sings with another. Mick suggests left, Ríona swings right. Mick listens to Massive Attack, Emilie Sandé and The Beatles. Ríona listens to Janelle Monae, The Eurythmics and FKA Twigs. Then they get together, compare notes and still argue over lyrics.

‘Absolutely electrifying…without a doubt one of the best new releases around’ – Pure Music Magazine

‘Alt-pop brilliance’ – 8 Radio

‘9/10’ – The Last Mixed Tape


€5 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