10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
It’s the last weekend of July. Technically, that means it’s the last weekend of the summer. And, there’s a bank holiday in there (sweet). Better make the most of it. With plenty of rock ‘n’ roll, grub, comedy, movies and sport on offer in the city, that’s exactly what we plan on doing…
The Seaside Festival
The Beatyard, Dun Laoghaire Harbour
“A seaside celebration of music, food, games and more”. That’s the official description right there. Kicking off in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday afternoon, the Beatyard’s line-up isn’t too shabby, either. Sister Sledge, I Am The Cosmos, Four Tet, Public Service Broadcasting and DJ Craig Charles (yes, yer man from Corrie and Red Dwarf) are all on this year’s bill.
Bring your dancing shoes.
Saturday and Sunday. Tickets priced €59 (day pass) and €95 (weekend) on sale now. For more, visit www.the-beatyard.com.
The School Night Gig
The Dandy Warhols, The Academy
Twenty-one years and eight studio albums later and Oregon rock quartet The Dandy Warhols are still best known for the insanely catchy Bohemian Like You, released all the way back in 2001. Oh, you know the tune we’re talking about. “You got a great car, yeah what’s wrong it today, I used to have one too…” You’ll be humming that one for the rest of the day. One-hit wonders or sorely underappreciated icons of rock? You can decide for yourself this weekend.
Monday. Tickets priced €25 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Marc Almond at the National Concert Hall
The National Concert Hall’s summer bill ‘This Must Be the Place’, “a series of special concerts by iconic, independent and influential artists,” kicks off this weekend, with the great Marc Almond taking centre stage. The 58-year-old British musician and vocalist released his twentieth solo album, The Velvet Trail, earlier this year. So, yeah, Almond has got quite the catalogue from which to pick and choose. But hey, he might even throw out one or two Soft Cell numbers. Fingers crossed…
Saturday at 8pm. Tickets: €40 - €50. For more, visit www.nch.ie.
The (Food) Party
Temple Bar Food Festival at Meeting House Square
Not just another food festival, but instead, “a celebration of all things gastronomic in Temple Bar”. We’re talking all the best grub from all the best restaurants in the area (including The Boxty House and The Chameleon), all in the one spot, with food producers from the Dublin Food Chain chipping in, too. They’ve also got games, face-painting and a live DJ. Organisers are calling it an “urban picnic area”. We’re calling it breakfast, lunch and dinner sorted.
Sunday and Monday, 12pm – 6pm. For more, visit www.templebarfiestaval.com.
The Album Launch
Not Squares at Hangar (Andrew’s Lane)
Belfast synthwave combo Not Squares launch their new album, Bolts - the long-awaited follow-up to their celebrated 2010 debut, Yeah OK - at Hangar tomorrow night, and guess what? Admission is free. White Collar Boy is on DJ duties, and you can expect some deadly drink promos, too. Oh, and if you have a minute there, Google ‘Not Squares, Oops Said Hi’. You’re welcome. Tasty stuff, lads…
Friday from 10.30pm. For more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/713498442109125/
The (Film) Festival
Gaze International LGBT Film Festival Dublin, Light House Cinema
Now in its 23rd year, the Gaze International LGBT Film Festival Dublin opens tonight at the Light House Cinema in Smithfield with a Gala Reception at 7pm followed by the Irish premiere of Out to Win, a sports documentary directed by award-winning LGBT filmmaker, Malcolm Ingram. Other films showing over the weekend include Dressed as a Girl, 54 (The Director’s Cut) and Breakfast on Pluto.
Thursday – Monday. For a full schedule of screenings and events, visit www.gaze.ie.
The Night Out
21st Century Speakeasy Bank Holiday at the Liquor Rooms
Pop on down to Wellington Quay on Sunday evening for the Liquor Rooms’ 21st Century Speakeasy event. What’s it all about? Music and dancing, that’s what. Dubliner Jess Kav is all set to deliver some “sultry” tunes with her band. Afterwards, the Liquor Rooms’ DJ will take care of the rest. You can even book a table, if you like. The party kicks off at 5pm (performances begin at 9pm). A few delicious cocktails in between won’t hurt…
Sunday. Free entry. For more, visit www.theliquorrooms.com.
The Comedy Shows
The Father Ted Extravaganza at the Laughter Lounge
This weekend, the Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay presents ‘The Father Ted Extravaganza’, featuring comedians Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove). Basically, it’s a couple of nights’ worth of comedy and “loads of unpriestly behaviour”, celebrating one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. We’re in.
Friday and Saturday. Tickets: €26. For more, visit www.laughterlounge.com.
The (Rock) Festival
Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival, Dame District
It’s all about the “quiffs and riffs”, apparently. The newly-named Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival kicks off tomorrow night, celebrating everything we loved about rock ‘n’ roll in the 50s and 60s. It’s a free event, featuring live bands (the Pole Cats, the Jive Cats and the Hot Sprockets included), a fashion show, a dance off, a hot rod car show and more. The party also extends to the Thomas House and Whelan’s. Best dust off those leather jackets and boots…
Friday – Sunday. For more, visit www.dublinrocknrollfestival.com.
The Sports Day Out
Ranji Cricket Tournament 2015 at Malahide Cricket Ground
A major multicultural sporting event, what we have here is a promising - and fun - cricket test in which teams from Irish-based global companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook and more) compete in a six-a-side tournament for the Ranji Trophy in Malahide. It’s also a fun day out for the family, with “music, food and festivities rich in the spirit of India”. Entry is free, with funds raised from raffles and activities donated to Educate Together and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t let us down…
Saturday. For more, visit http://sipaconsulting.wix.com/ranji