Wednesday 26 October 2016

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters
Ham Sandwich
Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon
The River fest
Don McLean
Eamon Morrissey
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters
Kevin Gildea

The June bank holiday weekend has arrived, and boy, is it shaping up to be a good one. What, you still don’t have anything planned? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered. You can thank us later…

The Irish Superstars

HamsandwicH, Olympia Theatre

That isn’t a typo, you know. Somewhere along the way, everyone’s favourite indie rock outfit from Kells realised that the only way to solve the problem of a crappy band name was to stylise it so that it’s more of a logo than a moniker. Or something. And so, Ham Sandwich became HamsandwicH. Look, it doesn’t matter.

What’s important is that Niamh, Podge and the rest of the gang recently released a cracking third record (Stories from the Surface) and whaddaya know? It only went to number one on the Irish album charts. Happy days. Tenner bets guitarist Podge will have a little boogie on stage. There may be Buckfast involved, too. Well, you can take the band out of college…

Friday. Tickets priced €22.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Jazz Festival

Down With Jazz 2015, Meeting House Square

Funny title for a jazz festival, that. We suspect there’s a touch of irony at play. Sure take a look at the festival description, a two day knees-up consisting of “illicit hooleys, shameless jazzy grooves and lascivious foreign rhythms, defying the decency of our 1935 Public Dancehalls Act”. Now, put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Basically, we’ve got two nights and ten acts, with the very best in jazz, world and experimental music getting on down in the heart of Temple Bar, from the acclaimed Louis Stewart Quintet to Leo Drezden and the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. Best wear comfortable shoes, jazz fans…

Saturday and Sunday from 7pm. Weekend Pass: €20. Day tickets: €12/15. For more, visit www.downwithjazz.ie.


The (Hipster) Music Festival

Bulmers Forbidden Fruit, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon

It’s all looking a bit cool over in Dublin 8 this weekend. An inner-city choon carnival in the picturesque surroundings of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Forbidden Fruit (think Electric Picnic, without the camping) is now in its fifth year, and organisers have decided to make it a full-on, trendsetting, electronica and hip hop feast. Yep, it’s the first proper music festival-in-a-field of the summer and Fatboy Slim, Wu-Tang Clan and Groove Armada are just some of the heavy-hitters headed our way. But keep an eye on the sulky, well-dressed newcomers in the mix - there are a lot of them. That Jamie xx set should go down well, too. And yes, of course there’s a comedy tent. There’s always a comedy tent.

Friday – Sunday. Weekend ticket: €119. Day tickets priced €49.50 / €59.50 also available. For more, visit www.forbiddenfruit.ie.


The (River) Festival

Dublin Port River Fest, North Wall Quay


Good Lord, we’re spoilt for festivals this weekend. Here’s one that the whole family can enjoy. Yep, the Dublin Port River Fest promises to be a fantastic weekend out. Where do we begin? How about the arrival of three tall ships and four schooners? We’ve also got kayaking sessions, cruise trips out to Dublin Bay, tours aboard the Jeanie Johnston, more than 30 food and craft stalls…are you not entertained? You should be. We hear there’s a spot of boat dancing involved. Count us in.

Saturday – Monday. For more, visit www.dublinriverfest.com.


The American Troubadour

Don McLean, Vicar Street

Don McLean

Here’s one for the pub quiz fans in the audience. Did you know that Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ was voted the fifth greatest song of the 20th century by the lads over at the Recording Industry Association of America? There you are now. Obviously, they never heard the Madonna version (truly, the day the music died).

ll jokes aside, McLean is something of a living legend and, at the tender age of 69, the affable New Yorker is still plugging in and rocking out for audiences worldwide. Fair play to him.

Sunday and Monday. Tickets priced €42 / €50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Play

Maeve’s House at Axis:Ballymun

Eamon Morrissey

Renowned Irish actor Eamon Morrissey brings his acclaimed one-man show, Maeve’s House, to Ballymun on Friday night. Basically, Morrissey grew up in a gaff in Ranelagh that used to belong to short-story writer Maeve Brennan. Naturally, this fascinated Morrissey who only made the discovery whilst cutting his teeth as a young theatre actor in New York – Brennan’s adopted home. Extracts from Brennan’s writing feature, as Morrissey presents a short yet engaging exercise in storytelling theatre. 

Friday at 8pm. Tickets: €12 / €15. For more, visit www.axis-ballymun.ie.  


The Garden Festival

Bloom 2015 at the Phoenix Park

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Bloom, Ireland's largest gardening, food and family festival will take place in the Phoenix Park

“Ireland’s leading horticulture and food festival,” apparently. We’ll take their word for it. Now in its ninth year, ‘Bloom in the Park’ (organised by Bord Bia) has everything covered. There are two dozen show gardens to explore, a marvellous food village, a floral marquee, family entertainment (there’s a Punch & Judy show for the little ones), the Bloom Inn (there are craft beers for the adults), a fashion stage and a whole lot more. The kids go free, too. Sorted.

Thursday to Monday, 9am – 6pm. For a full list of events and ticket prices, visit www.bloominthepark.com.


The Night Out

Soul Shakedown Sunday, the Liquor Rooms

The Liqour Rooms

The folks over at the Liquor Rooms have requested that we shake down our souls at the funkiest bar on Wellington Quay, and you know what? We’ll happily oblige. Doors open at 5pm with the tunes kicking off at 9.30 courtesy of the “funkalicious” Gillis Music band, with DJ Paul Mulholland taking over afterwards. It could go into the wee hours of the morning, but that’s what we want, right?

Sunday. Free admission. Over 25s. For more, visit www.theliquorrooms.com.


The Big Gig

Foo Fighters, Slane Castle

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters

Okay, so technically we’re not in Dublin anymore. Actually, we’re in Meath, but it’s only up the road, right? Yep, it’s time to head on down to the castle for what is, arguably, the biggest concert of the summer. It only took 20 years or so, but the Foo Fighters have officially progressed from steady, daytime-radio, alt-rock warriors to become the world’s biggest band, and an evening with Dave Grohl and his mighty ensemble of guitar-wielding champions promises to be all kinds of awesome (rawk fans rejoice, Pat Smear is back in the fold).

Expect a few cuts from latest album, Sonic Highways, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the Foos give us a greatest hits set. Well, this is the premier league of live settings, after all. Will Grohl and the gang end up on the Slane wall of fame next to Bono, Bruce and Phil? Only time will tell. Gates open at 2pm with Cavan teen rockers The Strypes getting the party started. The rest of the support ain’t too shabby, either (Ash, Kaiser Chiefs and the wonderful Hozier). For those about to rock, we salute you...and we also advise you to bring rain gear.

Saturday. Tickets priced €79.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Comedy Night

Chaplin’s Bar, Hawkins Street

The weekly comedy club at Chaplin’s Bar continues this Friday and Saturday, with Kevin Gildea, Paul Marsh and Andrew Stanley standing up for our amusement. MC Simon O’Keeffe will be keeping watch over the lads, and the website promises “craft beers, pizza and elephants”. One of those may not be true.

Doors: 8.15pm. Tickets: €10 (students €8). For more, visit www.chaplinscomedy.com.

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