Welcome back to another Weekly Roundup, serving up the hottest suggestions for things to do around the city over the coming week.

Another busy weekend and week ahead of us here in the capital, 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

On the music front, we start off with the superb Kíla who play tonight, Thursday, 21st August, in Whelan’s of Wexford Street. Hailed as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands, they draw their influences from across the globe, and share a passion to create great music. Tickets cost €18 and may be purchased online.

Staying at Whelan’s, Dublin band I DRAW SLOW play there tomorrow night, Friday, 22nd August, bringing their brand of Americana and bluegrass to the capital. Tickets for this gig cost €13 and once again may be purchased online.

Pickled Onion Records launch their new midnight showcase ‘Night Howl‘, also in Whelans this coming Saturday, 23rd August. Helping to launch the new night are two of Dublin’s hottest bands at the moment, The New Emperors and Youth Mass.

GoldenBeck ay Workman's Club

Number six in the series of ‘GoldenPlec & Claire Beck Presents…‘ gig nights in the The Workman’s Club in Dublin takes place tonight, Thursday, 21st August, featuring three great bands. Look out for I Have A Tribe, Wyvern Lingo, and Kicking Bird. €5 at the door.

The summer of festivals is gradually winding down, and this weekend sees one of the last on the calendar, ‘Another Love Story‘, which takes place in the lovely setting of Killyon Manor in Co. Meath. The event is organized by our friends in Happenings, in association with Homebeat, and runs from tomorrow, Friday 22nd until Sunday, 24th August. “Another Love Story is not a festival but a weekend gathering of hearts, minds, ideas and moods,” they say. We like the ring of that.

Another festival with a difference is the Ukelele Hooley which takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday, 24th August, in Dún Laoghaire. With ukulele masterclass workshops, an open mic night at the Pavilion Theatre and a very busy free programme at the People’s Park on Sunday, this is definitely worth a look in!

This Saturday, 23rd August, the Bash for Philo takes place in the Button Factory. Join Phil’s family, friends and fans from all over the world to celebrate the birthday of everyone’s hero Philip Parris Lynott in true rock fashion. There will be a selection of great bands performing on the night including internationally acclaimed Dizzy Lizzy. Tickets cost €22.90 and may be reserved online.


Merrion Square has played host to an exciting exhibition of contemporary art entitled ‘Vestibule‘ since May, featuring the work of Aleana Egan, Daniel Gustav Cramer and Eva Rothschild, and curated by Aoife Tunney. To celebrate this wonderful exhibition and spectacular setting, White Collar Boy have been invited to host a curated music event like no other with an unmissable line-up of eclectic Irish and international acts, taking place this Saturday, 23rd August. Tickets cost from €21.95 and may be purchased online.

American singer/songwriter and record producer Steve Earle plays a one-off solo concert at the National Concert Hall next Wednesday, 27th August. A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by luminaries such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris. Tickets cost €40 and may be purchased online.

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.

The Sunday Roast in Dublin

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

Ballyturk, Enda Walsh’s new play starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, continues at the Olympia Theatre. The production made its world premiere at the Galway Arts Festival in July and promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of the year. It reunites the creative team behind Enda Walsh’s Misterman; an internationally acclaimed play that also starred Cillian Murphy in a sensational solo performance. Tickets cost from €27.50 and may be reserved online — you need to act quickly, though — this is one popular play!

George Bernard Shaw’s play, Heartbreak House, continues at the Abbey Theatre and runs until September 13th. Directed by Róisín McBrinn, Shaw’s eccentric play, which was first published in 1919, is set on the eve of World War One. Tickets are priced between €13 and €45 and may be purchased online.

Alan Stanford’s production of Pride and Prejudice is back at the Gate Theatre after a hugely successful run earlier in the year. This is one of the most popular novels in English literature, and is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The play opens tonight, Thursday, 21st August, and runs until Saturday, 20th September. Tickets cost from €25 and may be reserved online.

Maeve's House at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin

After a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre and an international tour to New York, Maeve’s House is back next Tuesday, 26th August. This delightful one man show is written by and stars Eamon Morrissey, one of Ireland’s best loved actors. Maeve Brennan was one of our greatest short story writers. Although she lived in New York, many of her finest stories are set in Ranelagh here in Dublin where she grew up. By coincidence Eamon Morrissey was brought up in the same house. Tickets cost €25 and may be reserved online.

Join Ensemble Marsyas tomorrow, Friday 22nd August, at 8pm at the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle for an evening entitled First Irish Symphonies. On the programme are works by Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Geminiani and Van Maldere. The ensemble will be directed by Peter Whelan and will feature violinist Cecilia Bernardini and horn players Ursula Paludan-Monberg and Helen Shillito. Tickets cost €10 and may be reserved online.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra are back in action this Friday and Saturday, 22nd and 23rd August, at the National Concert Hall with a tribute to the great Jerry Herman and the musicals of Broadway, entitled Hello, Jerry! Tickets cost from €15 and may be reserved online.


The Summer Lunchtime Series comes to an end next Tuesday, 26th August, at the National Concert Hall. The final concert of the summer series features tenor Eamonn Mulhall performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and  conducted by George Jackson. The concert starts at 1:05pm and tickets cost €10, available for purchase online.

The Cardinals, the best improvisers in the country based on the Chicago style long form improv made famous by the likes of Tina FeySteve Carrell, and Bill Murray, continue their residency at the Workman’s Club on Wednesday, 27th August. Admission is €8 and the show starts at 8:30pm.

The phenomenon that is Riverdance continues its run in the Gaiety, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Who will ever forget that memorable interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin back in 1994? Tickets from €20. 

Exhibitions in the city

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition continues at the Chq Building in the IFSC. The photographic competition is now in its 49th year, attracting entries from professionals and amateur photographers alike – it provides an important perspective on the natural world around us. The exhibition runs until 31st August, and admission costs €6.50

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 explores how light manifests as a metaphor in our thoughts, obsessions and pursuits and includes text, sculpture, drawings and textiles.

Hélio Oiticica artwork at IMMA

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.

There are two exhibitions on at the Hugh Lane Gallery at the moment, both well worth the visit. Irish artist Eva Rothschild’s exhibition is the first solo museum presentation of her work in Ireland. She is one of the most important protagonists of a generation of artists dealing with the expanded concept of sculpture. The second exhibition is entitled ‘A Modern Panarion: Glimpses of Occultism in Dublin‘, featuring contemporary artists whose works resonate with ideas central to beliefs of The Theosophical Society. Admission to both exhibitions is free.

Queer As Folk – A Sexuality and Gender Exhibition continues at the White Lady Art gallery in Dublin throughout the month of August. This is a group exhibition that explores each artist’s individual take on what modern sexuality means to them, and the artwork that will offer visitors contemporary views on LGBTQ issues that will be open to discussion during the month. The gallery will host special events during the exhibition to raise money for BeLonG To. The exhibition opening takes place at 6pm tomorrow, Friday, 1st August, and runs throughout the month.

Landmarked exhibition in Dublin

In a celebration of Dublin’s growing and diversifying street art culture, The MART, in collaboration with curator Gearoid O’Dea, bring us Landmarked. This new exhibition focuses on the idea that landmarks can be created in the urban environment through the work of the street artist. The exhibition from today, Thursday 21st until Sunday 31st of August in The MART in Rathmines.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 21st August, 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.

The penultimate Temple Bar Night Market takes place this evening, Thursday, 21st August, from 6pm. A market that features the best of local crafts people, artisans and artists, what better way to enjoy a summer’s evening that a stroll around a (hopefully) sun-drenched Temple Bar


[UNFORTUNATELY, THE SCREENING HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER] Happenings are holding another one of their instant pop-up cultural events in Dublin, this time it’s open air cinema in Merrion Square tonight, Thursday, 21st August. The film in question is the timeless classic ‘Casablanca’, and starts around 9:30pm. Admission is €5 and, as always, there is a strict no alcohol policy

This weekend, some of the biggest names in Irish design talent, NatalieBColeman, Danielle Romeril, Manley and Joanne Hynes are having a one-off sample sale from Thursday 21st August at the LA College of Creative Arts in our Creative Quarter’s South William Street. It’s a chance to snap up sample pieces, some of which won’t have even hit the rails yet, at a snip.

Sample Sale in Dublin

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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