Monday 18 December 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend…

Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band performs live for fans at the 2014 Byron Bay Bluesfest on April 21, 2014 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band performs live for fans at the 2014 Byron Bay Bluesfest on April 21, 2014 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

It’s a little blustery out there, folks. But the wet and windy weather isn’t going to stop us from enjoying our weekend, is it? Of course not. Come rain or shine, the Christmas lights on Grafton Street will be switched on this Sunday afternoon and everything. What else is happening around the city, we hear you ask? Quite a lot, actually…

The Big Concert

Dave Matthews Band, 3Arena

Two Dave Matthews gigs for the price of one? Well, according to the press release, the acclaimed American jam-rock stalwart is down to perform two full sets with his mates in the capital tonight. That’s a lot of Dave Matthews, right there, but hey, he’s a popular guy. According to the stats, DMB is one of the most commercially successful touring acts in the world. Seriously, between 2000 and 2010, Dave and the lads earned around half a billion quid, just from being on the road. Yeah, we’re definitely in the wrong game here… Friday.

Tickets from €69.50 available here.


The Play #1

The Gigli Concert, Gate Theatre

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Starring Declan Conlon, Denis Conway and Dawn Bradfield, director David Grindley’s stunning take on Tom Murphy’s masterpiece returns to the Gate for a limited run. Wait, hold on – didn’t The Gigli Concert just finish up at the Gate, oh, about four months ago? Yes – yes, it did. “Back by popular demand”, this extraordinary tale of ‘Dynamatologist’ JPW King - a big-city quack on the brink of madness – and his one and only patient, an Irish bloke whose greatest wish is to sing like the Italian tenor, Beniamino Gigli, is every bit as good as you’ve heard.

Running daily (except Sundays) at 7.30pm until Nov 21st. For ticket prices and matinee times, see here.


The Literary Festival

Dublin Book Festival 2015, Smock Alley Theatre


Celebrating Irish writers and publishers, this year’s DBF features more than 50 events (launches, readings, seminars, historical and literary walking tours, etc.), with close to 100 authors and contributors taking part, including Marty Whelan, Dave Kenny, Reggie Chamberlain-King, Sinead Gleeson and Anne Enright. The “festival hub” is, of course,

Smock Alley Theatre, which includes a “magical Winter Garden”, complete with a bookshop, children’s area, a café and a “grown-up” reading area, but there are also a handful of participating venues across town, including The Gutter Bookshop and the Irish Writers Centre.

Running until Sunday. For a full programme of events and ticket prices, see here.


The Irish Band

Hail the Ghost, Whelan’s

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Kieran O’Reilly of Love/Hate fame takes a break from the day jobs (he’s an actor and a real-life Garda, you know), bringing his beguiling brand of broody, alt-rock gloom to our favourite Wexford Street haunt. Actually, Hail The Ghost (a weird name, we know) is a band, with O’Reilly on vocals, Éamonn Young on guitars and Ian Corr on keys. They released their debut album, Forsaken, earlier this year, and yes, they do sound a lot like The National. Luckily, we dig the National. What, you’re still not convinced? Head on over to their website and listen to the brilliant Colony of Ants. A cracking band. Friday.

Tickets €10 available here.


Family Fun on Ice

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment, Citywest Hotel


“Taking families on a captivating adventure to four magical locations”, Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment is pretty self-explanatory. Basically, all your favourite Disney characters, from Mickey Mouse to Buzz Lightyear, get their ice skates on, delivering a tightly-choreographed and colourfully arranged display of flashy moves and memorable tunes. We’re told that Anna and Elsa from Frozen are in there. Oh yes, that song is going to be stuck in your head all week. You know the one. Running until Sunday.

Tickets from €19.50 available here.


The Punk Rock Gig

Stiff Little Fingers, The Academy



Belfast’s punk rock warriors return, with the inimitable Jake Burns out in front, as always. Expect one or two numbers from their 2014 release, No Going Back (SLF’s 10th studio album) and a whole lot of magic from the glory days (methinks Nobody’s Hero might be on the set list). Celtic punk ensemble Blood or Whiskey provide support… Friday.

Tickets from €25 available here.


The Movie Screening

RTE Concert Orchestra Presents Back to the Future, Bord Gais Energy Theatre


It’s only been a couple of weeks since the world celebrated Back to the Future Day, but sure look it, we can’t get enough of Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg’s wondrous and – ahem - timeless sci-fi classic, in which Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his mate, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) cause all sorts of problems with a DeLorean. In fact, it’s now 30 years since the original film was released. To mark this special occasion, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre will be showing Back to the Future on a huge high-definition screen this Sunday, with the RTE Concert Orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s iconic score “live in synch with the movie.” That sounds deadly, doesn’t it? What’s more, Silvestri has only gone and thrown in an extra 20 minutes of brand new music for these gigs. Nice one.

Sunday, 3pm and 8pm. Tickets from €20 available here.


The Play #2

The Matchmaker, Gaiety Theatre


John B. Keane’s classic dramatic comedy, based on his short story, Letters of a County Matchmaker, in which a Kerry man named Dickie attempts “to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn” in a small rural town, returns to the Gaiety for a limited run, starring Mary McEvoy and the great Jon Kenny. The latter’s wonderful comic timing should come in handy here…

Running daily at 8pm until Saturday. Tickets priced €25 / €33.50 available here.


The Beer Fest

Quartiere in Fermento, The Italian Quarter


Basically, it’s an Italian Craft Beer Festival, and it’s happening on Bloom’s Lane, Lower Ormond Quay this Sunday. Hosted by Wallace Winebars, we’re talking Italy’s finest brewers here (you can meet the producers and everything), so there will be plenty of opportunities to wrap your taste buds around some delicious, award-winning craft beer. They also have street food, and DJ Redmonk will be providing the tunes throughout the day. Sorted.

Sunday from 12pm. Tickets: €6 entry (which also includes a beer tasting glass…sweet).


The Arts Fest

Kilmainham Arts Festival 2015


Kilmainham Arts Club kicked off the fifth annual Kilmainham Arts Festival last night, and there are lots of fun events happening across Dublin 8 over the coming days, including an Original Song Contest at the Patriots Inn (Friday), poetry, drama and voice workshops in the Hilton Hotel (Saturday), storytelling and drawing for children at Inchicore Library (also Sat), a short film event (also at the Hilton on Saturday), and much, much more. You know what to do.

Running until Monday. For a full programme of events, see here.

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