10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
Keep the brollies handy over the next three days, for there’s plenty happening in the city this weekend.
From comeback pop kings to home-grown comedic stars, we’ve got your itinerary sorted…
Take That, 3Arena
Yes, we know. There are only three of them left. Remember when Gary Barlow and the boys brought their Progress Live tour to Croker back in 2011? It was, hands down, the greatest pop concert we’ve ever seen. But the times they are a- changin’.
For a start, the newly-downsized Take That (Jason Orange jumped ship last year, and Robbie Williams is off playing family man) have decided to head back indoors for an arena tour, which touches down in Dublin tomorrow and Saturday.
Secondly, that seventh studio album of theirs, the appropriately titled III (ah, I see what they did there) didn’t exactly relight our fires (you can see what we did there, too). Still, These Days was a bit of a choon, wasn’t it?
Yep, Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen have still got it, and the smartest man band in town have a fabulous catalogue from which to pick and choose. They’ve rarely let us down when it comes to staging big-budget pop extravaganzas so, you know, this could be a wee bit special. Loud, too. Oh yes, the ladies love Take That…
Friday and Saturday. Tickets from €76 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Quick Bite
Pablo Picante, Clarendon Market
There you are now, taking a luxurious stroll down the trendiest stretch in Dublin (South William Street, obviously) when the hunger takes over. There are plenty of options, for sure, but might we suggest a quick visit to Pablo Picante Burrito Bar on Clarendon Market? Cracking little joint, this. Try the Beefy Barbacoa. A refreshing bottle of Sol might go down well with that, too…
For more, visit www.pablopicante.com.
The Family Show
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Olympia Theatre
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom
Right, let’s see what this is all about. It’s a cartoon. A BAFTA award-winning cartoon at that and it looks a lot like – aha! It’s made by the same crowd who gave us Peppa Pig! Seriously, have you ever seen Peppa Pig and her crew in action? Gas bunch of lads, I’m telling ya.
This one is about a fairy princess (Holly) who’s not very good with magic and who spends her days hanging out with an elf named Ben. Holly and Ben are rather fond of an adventure, but they do don’t do cars, planes or buses.
Nope, they’ve got their very own ladybird chauffeur, thank you very much. And now, for four shows only, your children’s favourite new animated fairy tale creations come to life on stage at the Olympia Theatre. Spoiler alert: it may involve actors wearing costumes. Enjoy.
Saturday and Sunday (two shows daily). Tickets from €22.65 available at www.ticketmaster.ie
The Intimate Gig
The Lost Brothers, Dublin Unitarian Church
The Lost Brothers
We know what you’re thinking. For a while there, it seemed as though everybody who’s anybody in the world of folk started playing churches in Ireland. Let’s be honest, they’re not the most comfortable places to see a gig (yes, the seats are a bit rough and no, there isn’t a bar). But then, for some acts, it’s just the right spot to air those gorgeous, tranquil, acoustic numbers. Irish duo Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech, aka, The Lost Brothers, fit the bill. The boys have got four albums under their belt at this stage, the latest of which - New Songs of Dawn and Dust – was released in 2014. Plenty to keep them busy, so.
Tickets priced €16 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Comedy Show
Separated at Birth, Vicar Street
“The lighter side of adoption by two comedy orphans.” Yep, that just about covers it. The gist here is that local stand-up hero PJ Gallagher and comedy newcomer Joanne McNally are both adopted and, with the help of Singlehood writer Una McKevitt, have decided to share their stories for our listening pleasure. Make no mistake - this should be one of the comedic highlights of the year; a warm, funny and thoroughly engaging discussion on the desire to uncover our leading duo’s family histories. You’ll definitely laugh – you might even shed a tear or two. Either way, it’ll be an experience, for both the performers and the audience, I’d bet.
Friday. Tickets priced €25 available at www.ticketmaster.ie
Being Norwegian, Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt
Consistently one of the more interesting play-and-lunch hot spots in the city, Bewley’s Café Theatre at Powerscourt offers up another acclaimed treat this week with the Irish premiere of Scottish playwright David Greig’s ‘Being Norwegian’. It’s a “darkly funny comedy”, apparently, but sure what play isn’t these days? Basically, the always reliable Karl Shiels is Sean and Gemma Doorly is Lisa – two randomers who pick each other up in a pub and head back to the fella’s apartment for a one night stand “that is destined never to happen” (that line alone has us intrigued). Looks like a promising two-hander to us…
Thursday – Saturday at 1pm (running until May 30). Tickets priced €10 / €12. For more visit www.bewleyscafetheatre.com.
Sin E, Upper Ormond Quay
A smashing music bar and venue on the Quays, this is where every Friday night should begin and end. Looking for some tasty new (and familiar) tunes to soundtrack your weekend beer-and-whiskey combo? Then look no further, for Dublin’s “original late night alternative music venue” (their words, mind) has everything sorted. Who’s playing where and when? Dunno. Maybe check out their Twitter page in advance. Or, you could just head along for the drinks and see what happens. We love it when a good live band and DJ take us by surprise…
For more, visit www.twitter.com/Sin_E_Dublin.
Brasserie Sixty6, South Great George’s Street
Open seven days a week, there are lots of reasons to love Brasserie Sixty6. Brunch, lunch, three-course dinner, the peanut butter mousse – mmm-hmm, tis a good spot to get your grub on, folks.
Spacious, too, with a gorgeous atmosphere and a tasty range of cocktails for dessert (though do remember to try the mousse). And then there’s the rotisserie chicken. Oh my…
For a full list of menus, visit www.brasseriesixty6.com.
The Night Out
The Burlesque & Cabaret Social Club, The Sugar Club
The Burlesque & Cabaret Social Club, The Sugar Club
Ireland’s “number one burlesque night”, would you believe. So, if you’re a fan of all things vaudeville, vintage and cabaret, and you wouldn’t mind spending your Saturday evening in the company of some well-attired bands, DJs and performers (attendees are also welcome to dress for the occasion), then what are you doing wasting your time at home? Get your outfit ready, people - there’s a party to attend.
Saturday from 7pm. For more, visit www.thesugarclub.com.
The James Connolly Festival 2015, The New Theatre
It’s all happening at the New Theatre this week (a funky little theatre space at the back of Connolly Books on East Essex Street). In association with the Socialist Voice, the theatre is hosting a week-long political and cultural festival featuring music, poetry, debate and performance “intended for a new risen people”. Highlights include a dramatic reading of Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, and a special ‘music night’ with Mark Geary. Ends Sunday.
For a full list of events and ticket prices, visit www.thenewtheatre.com.