Ten things to do in Dublin this weekend…
The hills are alive! The Strypes have a new album! The HomeTown boys are coming home! Oh, and there are a couple of festivals happening, too. Yep, it’s time to plan your weekend again, folks. Don’t worry – we’ve got this. You can thank us later…
The Next Big Thing
HomeTown at Vicar Street
There are three things you need to know about HomeTown, pop manager Louis Walsh’s newest, shiniest gang of brylcreemed warriors. One: the Irish pop ensemble has already scored two number-one singles in Ireland. Two: they’re about to ‘break’ the UK with their first ever international release (there’s a debut album on the way, too). Three: they’re your little sister’s new favourite boy band. Ah yes, the bloke behind Westlife and Boyzone has only gone and moulded himself a new and improved group of chart-topping puppets, and there could be big things ahead for Brendan, Cian, Dayl, Dean, Josh and Ryan (crikey, there’s a lot of them). Catch ‘em at Vicar Street before they go supernova.
Friday. Tickets priced €27.90 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Dance Festival
The International Tango Festival
It’s the 13th International Tango Festival in Ireland, would you believe. What we have here is a “celebration of Tango dance, music and Argentine culture”, where some of the biggest international tango artists descend upon the capital for a whole lotta shakin’ and groovin’. We’re talking workshops and classes city-wide, from the Globe on South Great George’s Street to the Point Village; a little bit of Bollywood, something called the ‘Vindaloo Experience’ and some wise tango knowledge courtesy of the great Leandro Furlan & Gaia Pisauro – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
Thursday – Sunday. For a full programme of events and ticket prices, visit www.tangofever.net/festival.html.
The Festival by the Sea
Ukulele Hooley, Dun Laoghaire
It does exactly what it says on the poster, this one. A much-admired musical knees-up in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, the Ukulele Hooley, “Ireland's international ukulele festival” is now in its sixth year. Expect live performances (Andy Eastwood, the East River String Band, Ken Middleton and The Mersey Belles are on the bill), and lots of neat workshops…
Saturday – Sunday. For a full line-up of events, ticket prices and workshop details, visit www.ukulelehooley.com.
People’s Art Exhibition, St. Stephen’s Green
You know the gist. This weekend, St Stephen’s Green becomes an art gallery once more as the ‘people’s art’ is hung from every available rail around the park. Portraits, landscapes, all kinds of abstract – there’s plenty on show here. So, grab a coffee, take a stroll and maybe – just maybe – you might bag yourself a spiffing new work of art.
Friday – Sunday. For more, visit www.peoplesart.ie.
Lunchtime Rock ‘N’ Roll
The Strypes live at HMV Dundrum
Cavan guitar outfit The Strypes release their second album, Little Victories this Friday. To celebrate, the lads (still packing more talent than any of their elder contemporaries) have decided that a sing-song and a wee signing session in the capital are in order. Basically, if you buy a copy of Little Victories from HMV Dundrum on the day of release, or pre-order now from the store/online, you get yourself a wristband to a special live event happening in-store at 12pm on Friday. Sweet.
For more, visit http://www.hmv.com/ie/music/the-strypes-to-perform-live-at-hmv-dundrum.
Pints and Grub
Against the Grain, Wexford Street
We’ll keep this one simple. Actually, we might just ‘borrow’ a line from the Against the Grain Twitter page. Ahem, “life is too short to drink crap beer!” We couldn’t agree more. They’ve got a wide selection of global craft beers on sale in this fine establishment on Wexford Street, and whaddaya know? The food is pretty terrific, too. Try the steak burger, or the Irish beef stew. You won’t be disappointed.
For more, visit www.facebook.com/AgainstTheGrainDublin.
A Musical Treat
The Sound of Music at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre
The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic clocks in at a backside-numbing 150 minutes (and we’re not counting the interval), but guess what? It’s kinda worth it. Danielle Hope is Maria, Steven Houghton is Captain von Trapp and…oh, you know what it’s about. The seven von Trapp kids are brilliant, and hey, we’ll let you in on a secret: we’ve had those fabulous tunes stuck in our head all week. Altogether now: “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…”
Running daily (except Sunday) until August 29th. Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets priced €20 - €60 available at www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.
The Night Out
Meeting House Dark Presents: Get Down Edits, Temple Bar
The Meeting House – one of our favourite new restaurants and bars, located in Meeting House Square (obviously) - continues its late-night ‘Dark’ series this weekend, with Waterford DJs Get Down Edits set to present a memorable night of “deep disco cuts” on Saturday. Now that’s our kind of night right there. Admission is free, too. Happy days.
Saturday from 10pm. For more, visit www.themeetinghousedublin.com and www.facebook.com/events/505829219574089/.
Scarlett Van Tassel’s Tiki Kiki at the Workman’s Club
“A Tropical Burlesque Bonanza!” Well, okay then. It’s all happening this Sunday night on Wellington Quay, with performer Scarlett Van Tassel presenting “an end-of-summer celebration” inside a “tropical paradise”. Burlesque troupes The Miss Fits and The Splashettes feature alongside some of Dublin’s “premier showgirls”. Methinks parts of the Workman’s Club are going to look like Hawaii…
Sunday from 8pm. Tickets €9 / €11. For more, visit www.theworkmansclub.com.
Remembering a Legend
Phil Lynott’s Birthday Party at The Bloody Stream
The late, great Phil Lynott would have been 66 this week. To mark the occasion, The Bloody Stream seafood restaurant and bar in Howth will be raising a glass or two with Phil’s mother, Philomena Lynott “and friends” this Sunday from 3pm. Expect live music, plenty of Thin Lizzy tunes, and some delicious food to boot.
Sunday. For more, visit www.facebook.com/events/917494818310622/.