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Friday 9 December 2016

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

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Reginald D Hunter
Ed Sheeran
Gavin James
UK singer Alexandra Burke spotted at Today FM studios ahead of starring in The Bodyguard at Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Vinyl albums have staged a surprise fightback
Mean Girls
Edmund Battersby

Comedy, choons, science, art and Mean Girls. What more could you ask for this weekend? Yep, we’ve a busy few days ahead of us in the capital and, as usual, we’ve got your itinerary sorted.

Plus, there’s even a chance to dress up like your favourite pop stars from the 1980s. Now that’s what we call a good time. Enjoy…

 

The Comedy Weekender

The Vodafone Comedy Festival at the Iveagh Gardens

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The annual, joke-telling, anecdote-sharing, rib-tickling comedic knees-up (say that one ten times fast) returns to the picturesque surroundings of the Iveagh Gardens tonight. Running until Sunday, there are no less than 79 acts on this year’s Vodafone Comedy Festival bill (we counted), including Tommy Tiernan (we hear he’s good), Maeve Higgins, Jason Byrne, Deirdre O’Kane and the inimitable Reginald D. Hunter. The shows kick off tonight at 7.30. Just don’t go repeating anyone’s material in the pub afterwards. We hate it when people do that.

For a full line-up of events and ticket prices, visit www.vodafonecomedy.com.

 

The Concert

Ed Sheeran at Croke Park

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Yes, we know. Tickets to see everyone’s favourite flame-haired, chart-topping troubadour sold out months ago, but those lucky enough to have bagged themselves a ticket for Ed Sheeran’s mahoosive stadium jaunt will want to know all the necessary details. Basically, it’s all happening at GAA Headquarters this Friday and Saturday, with doors opening at 5pm on both days. Gavin James (6pm) and Bell X1 (7pm) are on support duty, with Jamie Lawson taking Gavin’s place on the Saturday. Expect Ed to show his face around 8-ish. Will the bloke be able to cut it on the big stage? Time will tell, Sheeran fans.

Everything else you need to know about the gigs can be found at www.aikenpromotions.com. Selfie sticks are banned. Obviously.

 

The EP Launch

Gavin James at Whelan’s

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Speaking of young Gavin, the rising Dublin minstrel releases a new EP (For You) this weekend, and guess what? If you head on over to the Warner Music Ireland store and order the CD now, you’ll only bag yourself a wristband for an exclusive launch gig at Whelan’s this Saturday at 2pm. Interested? Well, then, we suggest you get your skates on…

For more, visit www.warnermusicirelandstore.com.

 

The Musical

The Bodyguard at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre

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Former X Factor champ Alexandra Burke does her best Whitney Houston impression in the hit musical, based on the 1992 film. You know the gist. A former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard is hired to protect a superstar singing sensation from a creepy stalker, and the two of ‘em fall in love (the singer and the bodyguard, we mean). Sparks fly, drama ensues, and Dolly Parton laughs all the way to the bank. Oh, and you’ll have the big song stuck in your head for a week.

Running until August 1. Tickets: €20 - €60. For more, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.

 

The Market

The Dublin Music CD & Record Fair at Filmbase

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It does exactly what it says on the poster. It’s Ireland’s biggest music fair, apparently, with dealers travelling from all over Ireland and the UK, and it’s all happening in Temple Bar this weekend (they’ve got every genre covered, in case you were wondering). It’s only €2 at the door, and the fair is open for special previews on Friday (5pm - 9pm), with the main event running Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am - 6.30pm.

For more, visit www.irishrecordfairs.com or www.filmbase.ie.

 

The Night Out (Part One)

I Love 80s Night at the Button Factory

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“Cheesey Choons” from the greatest decade ever, courtesy of DJ Carter D and friends at the Button Factory in Temple Bar. We’re talking Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, Journey and more. And, you can totally dress up if you want to. In fact, the organisers encourage it – so do we.

Friday. Doors: 11pm. For more, visit www.buttonfactory.ie.

 

 

The Night Out (Part Two)

Mean Girls Film Screening and Prom Night at the Sugar Club

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Now this sounds awesome. And, like, totally fetch. First up, we’ve got a screening of cult teen comedy favourite Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan. You can totally play along with it, too, if you want (some people can recite every single line from this film…). Afterwards, there’s the small matter of the Spring Fling Prom Night with TXFM DJ Claire Beck and host Regina George providing tunes and entertainment. Nineties and noughties hits, ahoy! There’s gonna be a vote for Prom King and Queen and everything. Again, dress the part - it’s gonna be off the hook.

Friday from 8pm. Tickets: €14 / €15. For more, visit www.thesugarclub.com.

 

The Art Day Out

Colour! at the Ark, Temple Bar

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“Experience a world full of COLOUR!” Well, okay then. This vibrant new tour and workshop experience at the Ark invites families to “enter the alchemist’s den and hear stories of the colour-makers of time past and present.” Sounds kinda cool. Basically, it’s a fascinating, interactive exhibition all about appreciating the use of colour in art (obviously) and hey, tour-goers get to become artists, too (that’s the workshop bit). The little ones will love it.

Running until August 23. For ticket prices, workshop times and more, visit www.ark.ie.

 

The (Educational) Festival

The Festival of Curiosity

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The city comes alive this weekend in an “energetic fusion of science, arts, culture & curious technology.” That’s what it says on the website, and that’s what we expect to see at the Dublin Festival of Curiosity (we love that name, by the way). So, we’ve got an ‘Ugly Animals’ comedy show; a LEGO-building exercise at City Hall; an origami zoo and workshop; a moon cycle (it involves bikes); a giant balloon show; a ‘date night’ and much, much more. Sounds deadly.

City-wide, Thursday – Sunday. For a full line-up of events and ticket prices, visit www.festivalofcuriosity.ie.

 

The (Music) Festival

The Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy

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Now in its third year, the Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy “showcases mastery in piano performance and provides a series of workshops and masterclasses for advanced students of the piano.” Better still, the masterclasses are open to the public and, over the course of nine days, you can expect a series of outstanding presentations in piano expertise at the National Concert Hall and the Hugh Lane Gallery. Edmund Battersby is on the bill, as is Archie Chen. And that’s just the opening weekend…

Running July 25 – August 2. For more, visit www.pianofestival.ie.

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