This October will see Dublin play host to the tenth outing of The Beatyard, the hugely popular bi-annual, cross-city music and arts festival.
The aim of The Beatyard is ‘to bring together enthusiasts of music, media and culture’ in the hopes that they’ll ‘meet like-minded people, and discover something new’. From the 16th to 26th October, there is a veritable glut of events, from film screenings in venues such as The Sugar Club, to live sessions in clubs around town, to art exhibitions, installations, and club nights.
Run by Bodytonic (the music and events organisation that owns both The Twisted Pepper and The Bernard Shaw), this outing of the festival has seen organisers actually reduce the number of venues since the last event in April/May, but keep the three categories of entertainment — Music, Show & Tell, and Food & Drink.
The musical aspect of The Beatyard does tend to focus on DJs and alternative acts, like the This Greedy Pig DJs, Oneman, DJ Skirt, Platt & Boltonmore, and Skream, though there is the Rub-A-Dublin Reggae Festival in the Twisted Pepper on the closing day of the festival, and plenty of other acts to catch throughout the 11 days, like acoustic songster Stephen Kellogg, Adam Cohen (son of Leonard) and the great Lee Fields & The Expressions.
The Beatyard also caters to other tastes outside of the world of music, with two markets featuring in the line-up this October — Martcade Thrift Market and the Ha’penny Flea Market. There will also be a number of screenings throughout the festival, including ‘Psycho’ and ‘Time Is Illmatic‘, and exhibitions, like MOANments of Happiness — visualising all the little Irish things we moan about, featuring work from 20 of Dublin’s newest vis-com stars.
With all that’s laid out so far, and considering that the full line-up of events is yet to be released, there’s going to be something for everyone here, and all is indicative of an urban festival that will be one of the most exciting events of the coming months.
All images courtesy The Beatyard