Welcome back to another Weekly Roundup, serving up truly the best of suggestions for things to do around the capital over the coming week.

Another busy weekend and week ahead of us here in Dublin city, and we’ve got all you need to know about the latest events, gigs, festivals, markets and everything else. And be sure to check out our sister site, Dublin Gigs for your daily dose of What’s On around the capital.

Music in the city

Swedish duo First Aid Kit return to Ireland with a show at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre tonight, Thursday, 18th September. Hailing from a southern suburb of Stockholm, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg began composing songs as teenagers in 2007. They made their Columbia Records debut with their third album Stay Gold this June just past. The concert is jointly presented by The Workman’s Club and MCD. Tickets priced from €25 inclusive of booking fee are on sale now via Ticketmaster or The Olympia Theatre Box Office.

After a busy summer season of festivals, we welcome the Spirit of Folk for something even seasoned festivalers will find a little different. It runs from tomorrow, Friday 19th to Sunday, 21st September, in the 25 acres of Dunderry Park, Co. Meath. The parkland and lake will feature two stages of live music from folk, trad and bluegrass to entertainment as diverse as battle reenactments, falconry and shadow puppetry.

Hometown favourites Aslan play the Olympia this Saturday, 20th September. Following their spectacular comeback shows in May, Aslan is moving forward, one step at a time. Tickets are priced at €33.50 inclusive of booking fee and are available online.

Hidden Agenda present Pantha du Prince

Hidden Agenda are moving their weekly residency to Opium Rooms every Saturday night, starting this coming Saturday, September 20th. For their first night of their new residency, they have PANTHA DU PRINCE performing live to mark the occasion. Tickets cost €13.50 and may be reserved online.

The Royal Hibernian Academy, in association with Blue Moon, presents the very first in an exciting series of events: Blue Moon Lost Wednesdays. starting on Wednesday next, 24th September. Taking place every 8 weeks over the next year the very first Blue Moon Lost Wednesday is curated and coordinated by Making Space and the RHA and is a highly anticipated musical evening which aims to introduce new audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound and DJs, across a range of genres. Tickets cost €15, which includes entry and three complimentary Blue Moon beers!

DimeStore Recordings is a weekly live music night which showcases some of the best live acts from Ireland and abroad. Having started back in 2009, this free night, with a mixture of some established and some unknown acts, has succeeded in enticing larger audiences to see the budding talent the live underground music scene has to offer. DimeStore Recordings takes place every Thursday night in Sweeney’s Bar on Dame Street.

For some great late night entertainment, why not pop along to Zebra, the music showcase in Whelan’s, that takes place every Thursday night at midnight, featuring up and coming local and international talent. Free entry before 10:30pm, club entry applies after 10:30pm (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Saucy Sundays at The Grand Social

Another great weekly showcase takes place in The Loft in The Grand Social every Sunday. Saucy Sundays brings together the best new musical acts from around the country under the one roof, and runs from 6 – 11pm. Admission is free.

The award winning “The Sunday Roast” is one of Dublin city’s longest running weekly music club nights. Now in its 10th year, the club showcases the best of Irish and international talent every Sunday night to large crowds in the booming Mercantile Bar. The Sunday Roast hosts a fresh, eclectic mix of musical styles and acts every week as well as offering customers complimentary bowls of their legendary home made roast potatoes! Check it out!

Theatre in the city

The by now annual Culture Night takes place tomorrow, Friday, 19th September, throughout the country. One night, 900 venues, from museums, galleries, cathedrals and studios to libraries, parks and theatres, all open late in celebration of culture and creativity. Last year 350,000 people got involved in the event. There are so many great things happening around the city — almost too numerous to mention — though, we do suggest that you check out our recommendations!

Alan Stanford’s production of Pride and Prejudice is enjoying its second run of the year at the Gate Theatre, coming to an end this Saturday, 20th September. This is one of the most popular novels in English literature, and celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Tickets cost from €25 and may be reserved online.

Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014

The annual Tiger Dublin Fringe continues, running until 20th September. For this, the 20th edition of the festival, there are 84 productions being held over the 16 days, in over 40 venues around the city. Tickets can be booked online or via phone on 1850 FRINGE (1850 375 643).

Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy is back at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin for a strictly limited run. The play officially opens the following night, Tuesday, 16th September. Tickets cost from €24.50, and may be purchased online.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is back in the National Concert Hall tonight, Thursday, 18th September, in a concert with renowned guitarist, Miloš Karadaglic, part of the continuing Signature Series. Limited tickets remain costing from €15 and may be reserved online.

Exhibitions in the city

The Terracotta Warriors exhibition continues at the Ambassador. This exhibition has over 150 perfectly executed replications of The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China, along with 70 display cases. Tickets cost €14 and may be reserved online.

The James Joyce Centre hosts an exhibition of Lee Miller photographs of James Joyce’s Dublin in 1946. The exhibition features 60 previously unseen images from the iconoclastic American photographer. In this exhibition we see Miller traverse a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. Admission is €5.

The weakened eye of day‘ is a new body of work by Irish artist Isabel Nolan, conceived as a single project for IMMA. The exhibition, which explores how light manifests as a metaphor in our thoughts, obsessions and pursuits and includes text, sculpture, drawings and textiles, comes to an end this Sunday, 21st September.


IMMA presents a major retrospective exhibition of the work of the internationally renowned Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980). The exhibition, Propositions, includes a selection of works by Oiticica, including vital examples from throughout his prolific career.

Staying at the IMMA, Second Sight, an exhibition drawn from the exceptional collection of photography amassed by Dr David Kronn over the past twenty years, and which is a promised gift to IMMA, continues. Admission is free.

Irish artist Eva Rothschild’s exhibition currently running at the Hugh Lane Gallery is the first solo museum presentation of her work in Ireland, and comes to an end this Sunday, 21st September. She is one of the most important protagonists of a generation of artists dealing with the expanded concept of sculpture. Admission to the exhibition is free. Eva will be in conversation with Declan Long at 5:00pm tomorrow evening, Friday the 19th, as part of Culture Night. Admission is free, but early arrival is recommended as places are limited.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 18th September, running from 11:30am until 2pm, with a wide-ranging selection of foods from around the world. Admission free. Also check out the other Irish Village Markets running throughout the week including Stillorgan on Tuesdays, East Point Business Park on Wednesdays, and Percy Place on Fridays.

Our friends in Happenings are hosting more open air screenings in Merrion Square tonight, Thursday 18th and Sunday, 21st September (as always, weather permitting). This evening, we have the perennial favourite Back to the Future, and the Sunday show will be a screening of Samara (as part of the global day of Climate Action). Admission to each screening is €5 and the movies start when it gets dark (around 8pm-ish). Gates open at 6:30pm.

Oktoberfest is back in Dublin, starting today, Thursday, September 18th, and running until October 5th in George’s Dock in the IFSC Docklands. A marquee similar to that of Oktoberfest in Munich, along with authentic Oktoberfest barmaids, German food and a wide selection of authentic Bavarian beer will ensure that festival goers will get a flavour of the real thing here in Dublin. Further information is available on the official Oktoberfest website.

Park(ing) Day Dublin 2014

Park(ing) Day – fewer cars, less emissions, less traffic and a world with more art, more nature, more green space in the city – if only for a day. Check out the various parklets that will be springing up around the city tomorrow, Friday, 19th September. What started in San Francisco in 2005, has now spread globally, with the first one taking place in Dublin back in 2011. So, leave the car at home tomorrow, and go green for the day!

The BlueFire Street Festival takes place this Saturday, 20th September, in the heart of Dublin’s Smithfield, letting you travel the world and experience an amazing variety of cultures. The organisers have put together a truly diverse lineup of artists, musicians and street performers from around the world, to celebrate different walks of life and the different cultures that share this same city. And all for free! See you there!

The Monday Echo, an event that features a mixture of open mic and featured acts, songwriters and storytellers, traditional poets and their slam cousins, takes place each and every Monday in the International Bar on Wicklow Street. Get yourself along there for a great night out!


So, that’s the Weekly Roundup for this week. Have a great weekend and week ahead, and do remember to keep checking back with Dublin Buzz for all the latest and local news, and Dublin Gigs for your up-to-the-minute What’s On guide. You can of course stay connected with us on our Facebook and Google+ pages, follow us on Twitter, or even join us on Pinterest!

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