Thursday 23 January 2020

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

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Will Young (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Beatlemania, a brand new music festival, a little bit of Joyce and a bona fide pop idol. Yep, it’s another jam-packed weekend in the capital and, as usual, we’ve got your itinerary sorted. Enjoy…

The Music Festival

Metropolis, RDS

We’ve been looking forward to this one for months. An indoor winter music festival, spread across eight different arenas at the RDS, the inaugural Metropolis bash opens its doors at 12pm this Saturday. Some of the world’s finest DJs, musicians and artists will be taking to the stage over the weekend, and boy, are we excited about the return of Chic featuring Nile Rodgers (8.30pm in the Main Hall this Sunday).

Superstar button pusher and producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson is also on the bill, as are (deep breath) Hot Chip, The Roots, Giorgio Moroder, Jamie xx, Le Galaxie, Kormac’s Big Band, Four Tet and many, many more. Oh yes, it’s gonna be one to remember. There’s also a Conversation area (packed with all sorts of panels and talks, and featuring the always reliable John Cooper Clarke, among others), extraordinary art installations and a couple of film screenings, including 24 Hour Party People. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. See you up the front…

Saturday and Sunday. Weekend Tickets: €145.50 / Day Tickets: €79.50. For more, see here


The Play

How to Keep an Alien, Civic Theatre


“A story about falling in love and proving it to the government.” Well, that’s one way to describe Rough Magic’s gorgeous, award-winning theatrical masterpiece in which the superb Sonya Kelly recounts, in exquisite, often hilarious detail, the lengths she went to in order to secure an Irish visa for her Australian partner, Kate. We first saw Kelly’s one-woman show when it premiered at last year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe, where it won the ‘Best Production’ award, and believe us when we tell you that this magnificent memoir will play havoc with your emotions…

Saturday at 8pm. Tickets: €16 / €18. For more, visit here


The Movie Bash

Rewind Film Festival, Rua Red Arts Centre


Get comfortable, cinema fans, for there’s a new film festival in Dublin. Presenting “a series of iconic movies specifically chosen by curator Matthew Nolan”, the very first Rewind Film Festival takes place at the Rua Red Arts Centre in Tallaght this weekend. It’s all about addressing “the issue of identity in a technological age,” apparently, with Rewind 2015 shining a light on some classic, sci-fi gems. Akira, Godzilla, Tron and Woody Allen’s Sleeper are on the bill, and Professor Matthew Causey (TCD) will also be giving a public lecture on “the intimate relationship of humans and technology”. We are totally in.

Running until Saturday. Tickets: €5 for each event / €25 for a weekend pass. For a full programme of events, see here


The Hot Ticket

Years & Years, Olympia Theatre

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Yes, we know. Tickets for British electronic pop trio Years & Years’ first headline show in Ireland sold out ages ago, but sure listen, there’s always someone, somewhere that can’t make it – keep an eye on Twitter, folks. The BBC Sound of 2015 winners released their chart-topping debut album, Communion, during the summer, and their hit single, King, has rarely been off the radio. Band of the year? Well, all the cool kids seem to think so…

Friday (sold out). On stage at 9.15pm. For more, see here


The Rock Residency

The Waterboys, Vicar Street

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The Waterboys: Modern Blues

The Waterboys released their 11 studio album, Modern Blues, at the beginning of the year, and guess what? It cracked the top ten. Yep, even after three decades in the business, there is still a huge demand to see Mike Scott and his boys in action. The band continues its four night residency at the best venue in Dublin tonight and tomorrow and don’t worry, The Whole of the Moon is still on the set list…

Friday and Saturday. Tickets priced €44 available here


Honouring the Legends

Dublin Beatles Festival, Citywide

Rubber Soul, by The Beatles.

Here’s a fun fact: It’s almost 52 years to the day since John, Paul, George and Ringo touched down in Dublin for a gig at the Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street. So, you know, it’s the perfect time to kick-start a little Beatlemania across the capital. Celebrating the greatest rock band of all time, the third annual Dublin Beatles Festival commences this evening. Highlights include a Beatles table quiz at the Workman’s Club on Saturday afternoon, a special, twin-set performance by Cavern Club resident band, The Rockits (also at the Workman’s Club, Saturday) and a public interview with former Beatles secretary, Freda Kelly, at the Grand Social on Sunday (Tom Dunne will be asking the questions, and they’ll also be showing the documentary, Good Ol’ Freda).

Friday – Sunday. For a full programme of events and ticket prices, see here


The Children’s Workshop

Design It, The Ark


“How do designers take an idea and then make it a reality?” That’s the big question over at the Ark in Temple Bar, as five Irish designers set about designing and creating new products for children. The ‘Design It’ exhibition is free, but there is also a series of workshops “exploring design in a child’s world”. The first two workshops commence on Saturday, with ‘A Room of your Own’ (designing 3D spaces with artist Jane Groves, using found and recycled materials) and ‘Construct It!’(where you can make your own “self-propelled toy”). The little ones will love it.

Running from Nov 7 – Jan 16. For a full programme of events and workshop ticket prices, see here


The One-Man Show

Strolling Through Ulysses, The International Bar


“A comic jaunt through James Joyce’s famous novel”, writer and performer Robert Gogan’s Strolling Through Ulysses does exactly what it says on the poster, with the Joyce enthusiast presenting a 70-minute show in which…whoa. Hold on just a second. A one-man show, based on James Joyce’s Ulysses, and it’s just over an hour long? That’s quite an achievement.  “Don’t be put off by the subject matter, this is real comedy”, says the press release. We’ll give it a go, then. Joycean dress is encouraged…

Friday (1pm and 7pm), Saturday (1pm) and Sunday (1pm). Tickets: €10. For more, see here


The Pop Star

Will Young, Olympia Theatre

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Did you know that it’s been 13 years since Will Young won the first ever series of Pop Idol? Ah yes, it was all the way back in 2002 that the British public lost their marbles over the great Will Young vs Gareth Gates battle (don’t ask us what happened to the other fella). In all seriousness, today’s X Factor wannabes could learn a thing or two about longevity from Young, whose sixth studio album, 85% Proof, topped the UK charts during the summer. The Love Revolution Tour is Young’s first live jaunt in three years - let’s hope the chap saves some room for Leave Right Now (hey, we really like that one…).

Sunday. Tickets from €44.05 available here


The Sunday Bite

Salty Buns: Manma Saor & The Big Blue Brunch, The Bernard Shaw


A little bit of reggae and dancehall courtesy of the Manma Saor crew, with some tasty pizzas and White Russians to boot? Sure what else would you be doing of a Sunday afternoon? Pop in to the Bernard Shaw on Richmond Street for an “all day hangout” in the beer garden, complete with movies, games, music, booze and grub. They have pastries, too. We’re sold.

Sunday (free admission). Pizza and cocktail deals for €13. Brunch served 1pm – 5pm (entertainment starts at 3pm). For more, see here

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