10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
It’s all about the rock ‘n’ roll this weekend.
We’ve also got an American holiday to celebrate. Yep, July is well and truly underway, and things are about to get loud and musical in this wonderful city of ours. Make the most of it now, you hear?
The Heritage Act
Neil Diamond, 3Arena
“Sweeeeet Caroliiiine…” Oh, you had better believe it, folks - that song is going to be stuck in your head by the time this weekend is out. He’s a believer, is Neil Diamond. Forever in blue jeans, too. And, he still brings us flowers, if you know what I mean. Okay, we’ll stop it now. Whatever you think of Diamond – an American soft-rock warrior with the best shirts in the business – his is a catalogue that simply won’t quit. Neither will the man himself, mind (Diamond celebrated his 74th birthday this year). Hey, there are some genuinely remarkable songs in that glistening repertoire. Honest.
Friday and Sunday. No support – Neil Diamond on stage at 8pm sharp. Tickets, priced €65.45 - €99.50, available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Talented Scot
Paolo Nutini, Marlay Park
Some guys have all the luck. An acoustic guitar-wielding, chart-topping songsmith, Paolo Nutini surprised the hell out of us with his long-awaited third album, Caustic Love (Funk My Life Up is a tune-and-a-half), an accomplished collection of scintillating pop gems, dripping in soul and funk. And now, the devilishly-handsome Scottish lad with the Italian name is headlining Marlay Park. Seriously, have you heard this guy’s voice? Have you seen that face of his? It’s not fair, lads. Rockabilly Queen of the Liberties, Imelda May provides support, with Alabama Shakes and Gaz Coombes completing the bill. Quality.
Saturday from 3.30pm. Tickets priced €49.65 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Once, Olympia Theatre
Cast member of Once Tom Parsons during a performance on Grafton Street, Dublin
“The multi-award winning musical comes home to Dublin.” That it most certainly does. Based on the acclaimed, Academy-Award winning picture by John Carney, featuring music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Once isn’t your average, jazz-hands-and-all kinda musical. Instead, it’s a faithful and delicately-handled adaptation of the film in which a down-on-his-luck Dublin busker named ‘Guy’ falls in love with an aspiring Czech musician named ‘Girl’. Previews start this weekend, with Once setting up shop at the Olympia for the rest of the summer. Never mind ‘Falling Slowly’, it’s the opening number (the transcendent ‘Leave’) that’ll knock the wind out of you. Believe the hype.
Opens Saturday, running until August 22. Tickets priced €29.50 - €55 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Anniversary Show
The Frames, Iveagh Gardens
Speaking of Glen Hansard, everyone’s favourite, Oscar-winning Dub reunites with his buddies this weekend for two shows at the Iveagh Gardens, celebrating 25 years of The Frames. FYI, tickets are officially sold out, but as always, it’s worth keeping an eye on social media, just in case one of your mates can’t make it. Oh, and bring taxi fare. To hell with curfew, the Hansard fella has a habit of keeping things going late into the night…
Saturday and Sunday. Sold out. For more, visit www.aikenpromotions.com.
Team America: World Police, Merrion Square
The folks over at Happenings.ie continue their open-air cinema season this weekend, celebrating the 4th of July with a screening of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s delightfully offbeat satire, Team America: World Police. Believe it or not, it’s been 11 years since those wacky marionettes with guns hit cinema screens, changing the way we think of Matt Damon forever. Or, at least, how we say his name. Should be bonkers. Food and drinks available on the night – remember to wrap up warm and clean up after yourself. Altogether now: ‘America, F*** Yeah!’
Saturday from 8pm (screening begins at 10.15pm). Tickets: €5 at the gate. Over 18s, no alcohol permitted. For more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/808653882588207/.
Independence Weekend at the Church Bar and Restaurant
Sticking with all things USA, The Church on Jervis Street has a spectacular Independence Weekend treat lined up for us in the coming days. On Friday, we’ve got The All American Big BBQ in the garden (DJ, games, food, beer – the whole shebang). On Saturday, get set for the 4th of July Party, as Rock of Ages bring the noise from 10pm with all your favourite American rawk standards. Don’t forget your flags…
Friday and Saturday. Free entry. For more information, and to book a table, visit www.thechurch.ie/event-view/independence-weekend/.
Guitar Festival of Ireland
Well, now, this one is pretty self-explanatory. Kicking off tomorrow, the 2015 Guitar Festival of Ireland features some of the most acclaimed, six-string virtuosos on the planet, encompassing world, classical and flamenco styles. The line-up includes Brazilian geniuses Assad Duo, Irish classical guitarist John Feeley and Wales’ finest, the great Gareth Pearson. These lads will make your head spin.
Running until Monday July 6. For a full programme of events, ticket prices and venues, visit www.gfi.ie.
The Black Apple Café, Harold’s Cross
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new favourite place to do brunch. Yes, we know, the Black Apple Café has been pleasing food lovers for quite some time now, but listen, this is a big city. Drop in on Saturday or Sunday and treat yourself to their delicious weekend brunch. We’re talking baked eggs, a Full Irish, vegetarian breakfasts, homemade beef burgers, pancakes, the lot. You won’t be disappointed. Try the cakes afterwards...
Open till 5pm daily (closed Mondays). For a full menu, visit www.blackapple.ie.
Trainspotting at Smock Alley Theatre
Out of Time Theatre have only gone and adapted Irvine Welsh’s finest work for the stage, you know. Methinks Trainspotting: The Play will be funny, crude, shocking and entertaining. Just like the book, then (and Danny Boyle’s cinematic classic). Adapted by Harry Gibson, directed by Tracy Ryan and starring Shane O’Regan, Lorcan Strain, Benjamin Musgrave and Deirdre Jones, this has all the potential to be the theatrical highlight of the week.
Ends Saturday. Tickets: €15. For more, visit http://smockalley.com/trainspotting/.
Temple Bar Food Market
In the mood for a market? Well, then head on down to Meeting House Square this Saturday morning and soak up the atmosphere under those big canopies, with plenty of coffee, cheese, baked goods, chocolate, oysters, farm produce and fruit for sale. That’s an entire weekend’s worth of grub, people. Get on it.
Saturday, 10am - 4.30pm. For more, visit www.templebar.ie/markets/article/temple-bar-food-market.