Saturday 16 December 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters
Olly Murs
Fumbally Restaurant
Jenn Grant
Lauren Coe and Fra Fee play the star-crossed lovers in the Gate's trendy Romeo and Juliet reboot

It’s sunny, it’s cool and there’s a grand auld stretch in the evening. Might this be the start of something

…oh, wait. We just checked. There’s rain due at some point. There always is. But hey, we’re bound to see more of Mr. Blue Sky in the coming weeks. We deserve it, too. As usual, we suggest you pack up your belongings (shades, sun cream, umbrella – the essentials, basically) and make for the front door. We’ve got your weekend well and truly covered…


The Concert

Olly Murs, 3Arena

There’s a lot of talk about so-called “cheeky chappy” Olly Murs replacing Dermot O’Leary as the new X Factor host. Stranger things have happened. Lest we forget, Murs – the Essex lad with an infectious songbook and an endless supply of pork pie hats – used to be on the show. First, as a contestant, and later, as co-presenter of The Xtra Factor (keep up down the back).

Olly Murs

Olly Murs

Four albums in, and to borrow the title from young Murs’ latest studio offering, the bloke has never been better. Seriously, how good a tune was 2014’s Wrapped Up?  Yep, Olly is a proper superstar; a smart, capable and hugely likeable entertainer with a fine collection of contemporary pop gems under his belt. Three nights in the city’s largest indoor arena? Piece of cake. Oh, and the ladies do love Olly, you know. There may be one or two flying bras…

Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets priced €39.05 - €54.65 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Meal

The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8

We’ve been walking past this most excellent of hipster eateries for ages now. Earlier in the week, we finally popped in for breakfast. All we can say is that we’ve found our new favourite morning coffee spot. It’s a big place.

Fumbally Restaurant

Grab a table by the window - if you can - and soak up that gorgeous spring sunshine with one of their delicious egg and brioche dishes (you can be certain they have a better name for it). Make sure you have a comfy chair. We still don’t know what to make of those basket-like stools they’ve got down the back…

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm / Saturday 10am - 5pm. Closed Sundays. For more, visit www.thefumbally.ie.


The Park

St. Patrick’s Park, Dublin 8

We need somewhere to eat our ice-creams this weekend, don’t we? And besides, St. Patrick’s park (right beside the Cathedral) is merely a hop, skip and jump from the Fumbally, so you might as well get a coffee to go, find a free bench and plan the rest of your day from here. Really, this is a gorgeous place to catch a breather under the sun, and there’s a cool little playground for the kids. Something for everyone in the family, then.


The Rock Doc

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, the Grand Social, Liffey Street

Last year, Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters – one of the most successful American alt-rock bands of all time - travelled to eight American cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Nashville, Seattle, New Orleans and Washington D.C.) to write and record songs for their new album. And whaddya know? They decided to bring along a camera crew. The end result is the acclaimed HBO series, Sonic Highways, directed by Grohl himself. Oh, and they got the album out eventually, too.

Described as “a love letter to the history of American music,” the eight-part documentary series is a must-watch for any Foo Fighters fan. Luckily for us, for the next eight Saturdays, the Grand Social will be screening every episode, right up until the band’s hugely anticipated Slane Castle gig on May 30th. Join in on the fun, and you could win yourself a pair of tickets to the concert, as well as a few records. We are so totally in.

Saturday at 7pm. Free admission.


The Intimate Gig

Jenn Grant, Upstairs in Whelan’s

Who is Jenn Grant? Why, she is a JUNO Award-nominated singer songwriter from Prince Edward County (it’s in Ontario). Oh yes, Canada continues to gift the world with some fine musical talent, and the wondrous Jenn Grant is no exception.

Jenn Grant

Jenn Grant

Grant’s new album, Compostela, was released in Ireland last week (Ron Sexsmith is on the record – always a bonus) and to celebrate, her people have decided to fly her over for a special launch gig in Whelan’s this weekend. Could be special, this one.

Saturday at 8pm. Tickets priced €12 available at www.whelanslive.com.


The Family Show

Magical Ice Festival, Citywest Hotel

Disney on Ice in April? Go on, then. Basically, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are teaming up with all of your favourite Disney characters for a bit of family-fun entertainment to help pass the time until the little ones go back to school. Actually, we don’t mean to sound so blasé about the whole thing. Not least when they’ve got ANNA and ELSA from FROZEN! AWESOME! Yep, you’re going to have that blasted song stuck in your head the whole way home. You know the one. Best of luck, mammies and daddies.

Running until Sunday. Tickets priced from €19.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Music and Literary Event

Barrytown Meets MusicTown, Vicar Street

As part of this year’s One City, One Book festivities, a host of familiar names from the world of music, film and theatre will descend upon Vicar Street this Sunday night to celebrate Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy (The Commitments, The Van and The Snapper). Even Outspan himself will be making an appearance (Glen Hansard, for the uninitiated). Also on the bill, we’ve got Imelda May, Aidan Gillen, Damien Dempsey, Richard Hawley, Colm Meaney, Cait O’Riordan and many more. Co-curated by Doyle and Other Voices producer Aoife Woodlock, all door profits from Barrytown Meets MusicTown will go directly to Fighting Words, Doyle’s creative writing centre on Russell Street.

Sunday from 7pm. Tickets priced €30.00 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Night Out

Bon Bon at Café en Seine, Dawson Street

TXFM DJ Claire Beck brings the noise every Friday night at Café en Seine. We’re talking soul and funk. We’re talking pop, electronica and house. We’re talking disco, baby. Leave your inhibitions at the door and remember to wear comfortable shoes. A tasty cocktail might be nice, too…

Friday from 10pm. Over 21s. For more, visit www.cafeenseine.ie.


The Play

Romeo and Juliet, Gate Theatre

Finally, a hipster Shakespeare show we can get on board with. Indeed, director Wayne Jordan’s charming, contemporary reimagining of the original star-crossed lovers in Verona is every bit as good as you’ve heard. For a start, that famous balcony scene works wonders here with young Fra Fee turning in a phenomenal performance as the heartbroken Romeo, his mesmerising co-star, Lauren Coe, breathing new life into Juliet. Together, they are both believable and adorable in the lead roles.

Lauren Coe and Fra Fee play the star-crossed lovers in the Gate's trendy Romeo and Juliet reboot

Lauren Coe and Fra Fee play the star-crossed lovers in the Gate's trendy Romeo and Juliet reboot

It’s funny, playful, dark and compelling. The elders in the crowd bring out the heavy guns, too. Philip Judge’s Prince Escalus and Michael James Ford’s Montague are remarkable, and we still can’t get over that final scene. Come on, we all know what happens, but man, it doesn’t make it any easier.

Running until May 16. Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets from €25 available at www.gatetheatre.ie.


The Pub

The Old Stand, Exchequer Street

According to the website, the Old Stand (one of our favourite traditional pubs to watch a rugby match in) has been around for more than 300 years. Blimey. That’s a lot of booze right there. Whether you’re popping in for a bite to eat at lunch or pulling up a stool on Friday night, trust us when we say that you won’t be disappointed. Excellent staff, cracking atmosphere, friendly clientele and a tasty pint – what more could you ask for? A quick word of warning to the male newcomers in the crowd: watch your head on the ceiling when visiting the jacks downstairs. You’ll see what we mean.

For more, visit www.theoldstandpub.com.

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