10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
Culture night, Oktoberfest, street parties, album launches and a quirky radio podcast. Who said September was a fun-free zone? Not us, that’s for sure. The weekend starts here, folks, and, as usual, we’ve got it all planned out for you…
Culture Night 2015
Simply put, the entire country gets its culture on this Friday, for the 10th annual Culture Night, in which arts and cultural organisations nationwide open their doors with “hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances” for everyone in the audience. Perhaps you’d like to take a tour of the Abbey Theatre Costume and Props departments. Maybe you’d like to get your rave on at Generator Dublin. You could take a trip out to the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire for some tunes courtesy of Lisa O’Neill, or might we suggest an evening of music documentary screenings in Tower Records on Dawson Street? You’re spoilt for choice, really.
Friday night, city-wide. For more, visit www.culturenight.ie.
Oktoberfest Dublin 2015 at George’s Dock
Delicious German beers and hearty German grub – we’ve all had a taste of Oktoberfest before, right? No? Well, then you had better head on over to the IFSC for the grand opening of Oktoberfest Dublin 2015; 18 days of German culture (and pricey beverages) right in the middle of the city. Don’t forget to try the Bratwurst. The ‘Bavarian Games’ are sure to provide a few laughs, too…
September 17 – October 4. Free entry. For a list of opening times, visit www.oktoberfest-dublin.de/.
The Album Launch
Codes at Whelan’s
Believe it or not, it’s been six years since Dublin rockers Codes released their acclaimed, Choice Music Prize-nominated debut, Trees Dream in Algebra. Having since relocated to London, Daragh Anderson and his boys return home this weekend to launch their long-awaited second LP, AALTARS. Limerick post-punk trio Slow Riot provide support.
Saturday. Tickets: €10. For more, visit www.whelanslive.com.
Oliver Callan at the Olympia Theatre
RTE radio’s resident impressionist Oliver Callan brings his “kicks” to the Olympia Theatre this weekend. You know what to expect, what with the Monaghan man having made a name for himself as a controversial mimic, satirist and comedian, sending up some of the most prominent figures in Irish politics, sport and entertainment. Nobody is safe, not least, Enda Kenny. Or Michael D Higgins. Or poor ‘Dobbo’.
Friday. Tickets from €26 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Street Festival
BlueFire Street Fest 2015, Smithfield Square
A free, one-day arts festival, celebrating “the vibrancy of world cultures” in Dublin, the third annual BlueFire Street Fest takes over Smithfield Square this Saturday. 12,000 people are expected to join in on the fun, which includes a live world music main stage, a Youth Talks stage, a Street Performers Area (from breakdancing to theatre), a Language Exchange Zone, a children’s area and plenty of workshops and market stalls. Sounds like a smashing day out to us.
Saturday, 12pm – 10pm. For more, visit www.bluefiredublin.ie.
Welcome to Night Vale, Olympia Theatre
A “wildly popular serial podcast that brings its dedicated listeners stories from the strange desert town of Night Vale.” Ah yes, but Night Vale is, of course, a fictional town, and the entire thing is presented as some sort of surreal and, occasionally, spooky community radio show, from the minds of Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and hosted by someone called Cecil Palmer, who is really Cecil Baldwin. Or something. Comparisons have been made to Stephen King, and this is one of the most popular podcasts in America - we’re certainly intrigued to see how it works on stage.
Saturday. Tickets priced €22.90 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Ranelagh Arts Festival 2015
It’s all kicking off in Dublin 6, with the Ranelagh Arts Festival in full swing from now until the end of the month. We’re talking exhibitions at the local arts centre, a celebration of 18th century “street rhymer”, Zozimus, historical walks, open mic poetry sessions, a dog show, an evening with Liam O’Maonlai at Sandford Parish Church and much, much more.
Running until September 27th. For a full line-up of events, visit www.ranelagharts.org.
The Family Concert
Ceol Le Chéile at the National Concert Hall
“An interactive trad concert,” presented by violinist Lynda O’Connor and company, Ceol Le Chéile promises to be an “energetic session” for all the family, in which we’ll also learn everything we need to know about the fiddle, bodhrán and accordion. Jigs and reels guaranteed!
Saturday at 11am and 12.30pm. Tickets: €10 (family tickets €37). For more, visit www.nch.ie.
A Rock ‘n’ Roll Throwback
From the Jam at the Button Factory
It’s 35 years since The Jam released their fifth studio album, Sound Affects. So, what better way to celebrate the band’s seminal record than with a live playback courtesy of From the Jam, featuring original Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, alongside guitarist Russell Hastings and Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard on drums. Yes, we know. There’ll be a giant, Weller-shaped hole on that stage, but we can’t have it every way now, can we?
Sunday. Tickets: €25. For more, visit www.buttonfactory.ie.
The Night Out
Mike Skinner and Murkage present Tonga at Hangar
An “under-the radar party” at Hangar on Andrew’s Lane (the new home “for the most cutting edge acts and club nights” on the Dublin electronic scene, apparently), ‘Tonga’ sees British rapper and musician Mike Skinner (formerly The Streets) join forces with Manchester DJ Collective, Murkage.
Presented by the Building Society, an “intimate, wild and party bass” vibe is promised, alongside some “seriously banging tunes” of course.
Come on, this is the dude who gave us Original Pirate Material. We’re totally in.
Saturday from 11pm. Tickets: €10/€12/€15. For more, visit www.hangardublin.ie and www.eventbrite.ie.