Monday 11 December 2017

Dubliner's Diary

www It is less than two weeks until Electric Picnic is upon us once more and punters got a taster of what's to come at the bumper annual festival last weekend.

The exclusive Casa Bacardi EP preview took place in the Sugar Club last Friday. The warm-up gig was packed with musical talent from acts such as Nightflight DJs, Choice Cuts DJs and Hidden Agenda DJs.

www Top model Roz Purcell, below, will always be a country girl at heart. The Tipperary native was on hand to launch The 2013 Flavours of Fingal County Show at Newbridge House. The 22-year-old was joined by some furry friends as she posed alongside children from the area. With cow contestants and sheepdog trials as well as the chance to sample local food produce, next month's Fingal County Show is gearing up to be a cracker. Taking place on September 14 and 15, it is jam- packed with activities for the family.

www Tickets to see hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in Dublin's O2 next month are like hot cakes. But if you couldn't get one, the US hipsters will play an official after party at the Academy on Abbey Street. Tickets cost €34.50 and the event kicks off at 10.30pm. Today FM's DJ KC and Chance the Rapper, who plays his first Irish act, will warm things up before Macklemore and Lewis appear before DJ Flip closes the night.

www One of Ireland's breakthrough artists of 2013, Gavin James, will perform at Dublin's Pepper Canister Church on December 13. Tickets cost €16, including booking fee. The 21-year-old has played live residences in Dublin's pubs over the last three years. He released his debut No1 EP Say Hello last November with the title track scooping the Song Of The Year prize at the Meteor Choice Awards 2013.

www If you are looking for some laughs, the Comedy Cellar is back in Dublin next month to celebrate its 25 years with 25 comics for €25. See the cream of Irish comedy – Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Neil Delamere and PJ Gallagher – perform when they hit Vicar Street on September 13. Tickets costing €25 are on sale now from Ticketmaster and all proceeds will go to the Peter McVerry Trust, supporting young homeless people.

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