Wednesday 17 January 2018

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend…

Bank holiday weekend alert!

Yep, it’s shaping up to be a good one, too, with plenty of fine music, comedy, horror and yoga treats kicking off across the capital over the next four days. What, you still don’t have a plan yet? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got this…

The Arts Festival



A three-day music, movie and art event spread across seven rooms at the RHA Gallery on Ely Place, the inaugural INTERLUDE festival features a live music room (RSAG, Little xs for Eyes and Wounded Healer are in there), a cabaret cinema (they’re showing Arcade Fire’s The Reflektor Tapes and Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, so get your dancing shoes on), a cocktail club, a pop-up restaurant and a craft beer bar (now we’re talking). DJs Tom Middleton, The Reflex and Ashley Beedle are also on the bill. You know what to do.

Friday – Sunday. Tickets start at €10 (weekend tickets priced €25). For more, visit www.interludefestival.com.


The Film Festival

IFI Horrorthon

Deathgasm: New Zealand ode to heavy metal horror

The annual Horrorthon festival at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar celebrates its 18 birthday this year, and it’s business as usual with five days of terrifying cinematic goodies. There are 33 features on the bill, including 23 Irish premieres, and let’s not forget about the special guests, either (actress Caroline Munro and director Richard Stanley will be in attendance). Horrorthon will also honour both Christopher Lee and Wes Craven (the cinema is showing Scream on Saturday night) and there’s even a 25 anniversary screening of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III on Sunday. As for the newbies, check out Goodnight Mommy on Friday. It’ll freak the bejaysus out of you…

Thursday - Monday. For ticket info, screening times and more, visit www.ifi.ie/horrorthon.


The Hipster Icon

Father John Misty, Vicar Street

Father John Misty - Joshua Tillman

Everyone’s new favourite, folk rock, fuzzy-faced hipster icon, Joshua Tillman, aka Father John Misty, gave us a right chuckle last month when the former Fleet Foxes drummer claimed that Lou Reed had visited him in a dream (apparently, Mr Dream Reed was a tad upset about Tillman’s Velvet Underground-styled Taylor Swift covers that he’d posted online…if any of that makes sense). Alas, the man was spoofing, but sure listen, it sure did make for an entertaining story. Tillman returns to Dublin this weekend on the back of his critically-acclaimed second album, the gloriously-titled I Love You, Honeybear. There may be one or two beards in the audience…

Saturday. Tickets priced €25 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Yoga Event

Mind Body Spirit & Yoga Dublin Festival, RDS


“The largest holistic and wellbeing festival in Ireland”, this year’s Mind Body Spirit & Yoga gathering in Ballsbridge features more than 75 workshops and lectures, 150 stalls, a Yoga and wellbeing studio space and much, much more. With dozens of performances taking place on the live stage over the three days, guest speakers include David Hamilton, Heidi Sawyer and Karen Ward.

Saturday – Monday. For ticket prices and more, visit www.mindbodyspirit.ie.


The Food Festival

Taste City Fusion 2015, Citywide

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Repro Free: Thursday 10th September 2015. Picture Jason Clarke.

Oh my. We’re getting hungry just looking at the schedule for Taste City Fusion 2015, a new, citywide festival with more than 50 “food experiences” to choose from. An Italian Style Crudo Masterclass, Cookies & Craft Beer (a winning combination, if you ask us), cocktail classes and food trails…oh yes, there are plenty of delicious treats in store for Dubliners over the next four days, including workshops, fine dining experiences and a fabulous street food fair on the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral. We’re gonna be really, really full by the time this weekend is over…

Thursday – Sunday. For a full line up of events, participating venues and ticket prices, visit http://dublin.tastefestivals.com/.


The Band

Bell X1, National Concert Hall

Bell X1: coming back to the Spiegeltent.

Paul Noonan and his boys take a break from recording their seventh album (yep, they’ve been with us that long, folks) for a special acoustic show at NCH. Top band, top venue – this could be one to remember. Expect new material, and maybe one or two funky moves from Noonan during The Great Defector. What? It’s a smashing number, and the man’s got some serious skills…

Sunday. Tickets priced €20 / €30 available at www.nch.ie


The Family Jam

Mid-Term Popular Music Week at The Ark

The Ark, Temple Bar (Facebook)

A Funky Raps & Rhymes Workshop? Now that sounds deadly. Kicking off this Saturday, The Ark in Temple Bar is once again celebrating popular music over the Halloween holidays, with plenty of gigs (the aforementioned Little xs for Eyes are also booked in), interactive jams and cracking workshops to keep the little ones entertained. Keep an eye out for the mobile recording studio coach on Monday…

Saturday October 24 – Saturday October 31. For a full programme of events and ticket prices, visit www.ark.ie.


The Comedian

Jimeoin, Vicar Street


Did you know that Jimeoin’s real name is James Eoin Stephen Paul McKeown? Indeed, the British-Irish comic has got himself a new suit, and you can guarantee that he’s got some new quirky observations up his sleeve, too. Seriously, we’ve just watched his Live at the Apollo set on YouTube. The Beyoncé on Bin Day skit had us in stitches…

Friday. Tickets priced €25 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


Spooky Treats

Bram Stoker Festival, Running Citywide

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Where would we be without Bram Stoker, eh? Well, there’d be no Dracula, for a start, and we certainly wouldn’t have a festival dedicated to the greatest horror creation of them all. This year’s “gothically inspired programme of events” includes ‘The Scary Trail’ at Marsh’s Library and ‘Stokerland’ at Wolfe Tone Square, both of which are fit for the whole family to enjoy. But if you’re looking for something a little freakier – and this is strictly for adults only - why not head on over to the Light House Cinema in Smithfield for their 90s Vampires season, featuring From Dusk Till Dawn, a Blade double bill, Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula and the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Friday – Monday. For a full programme of events, visit www.bramstokerfestival.com.


Sunday Night Tunes

Steve Earle, Olympia Theatre

Steve Earle.

Actually, that should be ‘Steve Earle and The Dukes’ at the Olympia. Indeed, the American rock, country and folk artist released his 16 studio album earlier this year - the warmly-received, Terraplane - and now, he’s back on the road with the old band, stopping by Dame Street for a fully seated show. Support comes from Brooklyn husband and wife duo, The Mastersons. You just know that someone is going to request The Galway Girl…

Sunday. Tickets priced €38 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

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