Welcome back to another Weekly Roundup with some great summery suggestions for things to do around the capital over the coming seven days.

Another busy week in Dublin’s fair city, and we’ve got you covered for all the best 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

The summer series of concerts at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham is underway, continuing until Saturday night, 28th June. The remaining acts performing in the coming days include Jack White on tonight, The Coronas tomorrow, Friday 27th, and Biffy Clyro on Saturday, 28th June.

The most eagerly antipicated gig of the summer is coming up at Marlay Park this Sunday, 29th June, when Arcade Fire take to the stage, supported by Pixies. Doors open at 3pm — Pixies take to the stage at 6:30pm, and Arcade Fire are on at 8:30pm. 


The hills around Marlay Park will be alive with the sound of music again on Wednesday, 2nd July, when Kanye West and Pharrell touch down in South Dublin suburbia. O.R.B. (formerly the Original Rudeboys) will be providing support.

From hip-hop to thrash metal, this city surely does accomodate all tastes! Two giants of the metal genre, Slayer and Anthrax, are both in Dublin this week at The Academy. Slayer appear on Tuesday, 1st July (tickets now all sold out), and Anthrax is on the following night – there are still some tickets available, and cost €30.

Kodaline and special guests will be performing two exclusive and intimate gigs at Whelan’s in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. Fans will be treated to an exclusive preview of brand new music from the band’s yet to be titled new album, which is slated for a release in 2015! These gigs are sold out, but you never know, you might find a ticket somewhere if you look hard enough!

Theatre in the city

Brian Friel’s revealing family drama, Aristocrats, directed by Peter Mason, continues at the Abbey Theatre, running until 2nd August, 2014. Performances take place at 7.30pm Monday to Saturday on the main Abbey stage, with matinee performances at 2pm on Saturdays. Tickets are priced between €13 and €45 and may be purchased online.

The Gate Theatre welcomes Arthur Miller’s play The Price, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes, which is playing this July and August. Previews run from tonight, Thursday 26th, to Monday, 30th June, and the official opening night is July 1st. Tickets are priced at €20 for previews and cost from €25 for other performances.

The Last Five Years, a contemporary one act musical rarely performed in Ireland, is on at the Project Arts Centre. It tells the story of two 20-somethings who fall in love – and out of it again – over the course of a five year relationship. The show runs until Saturday, 28th June, and tickets cost €15.

The quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle, is on at NCH in Dulbin

Ballet is back at the National Concert Hall this weekend, with Monica Loughman’s presentation of the quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle, for two performances on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June, at 8pm. Tickets cost from €25 and may be purchased online.

The Summer Lunchtime Series continues at the National Concert Hall next Tuesday, 1st July, with ‘Ciao, Italia!’. Featuring soprano Kelley Lonergan along with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the concert starts at 1:05pm and tickets cost €10, available for purchase online.

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 184th RHA annual exhibition continues in Ely Place, bringing together the works of RHA members, invited artists and artists selected from open submission. A little something for everyone on offer, including painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and architectural models. Admission is free but donations are also gratefully accepted.

For fans of Burning Man, La Cocotte café in the Alliance Francaise hosts an exhibition of the photographs by the award winning Peter Gordon, entitled Life & Death – The Temple. Admission is free, and the exhibition ends tomorrow, Friday, 27th June.

The French Diplomat’s Office, an installation designed specifically for Project Arts Centre, is an exploration of painting, set-design, décor, and narrative. Barbara Bloom, exhibiting in Ireland for the first time, is an artist known for her literary allusions, the resurrection or reinterpretation of found and treasured objects, and what the artist calls ‘visual innuendo’, infusing the stories and scenarios we can know and imagine to inhabit objects, artefacts and artworks. Ends this Sunday, 29th June. Admission free.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 26th June, 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 Temple Bar Night Market continues this evening, Thursday, 26th June, 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 sun-drenched Temple Bar? And look out for the pop-up cinema in Copper Alley Laneway, featuring some great classics – admission €5.

This weekend sees the return of the Flavours of Fingal Festival, which which takes places on the 28th and 29th of June in Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate, Co. Dublin. There are a huge number of activities on offer throughout the weekend for all the family. Tickets, available at the gate, cost €10 per adult, which allows two children admission for free! 

Pride Parade Dublin 2014

The annual Dublin Pride festival continues throughout the coming week, with plenty of activies planned to keep everyone happy. The hightlight of the festival is definitely the Pride Parade which takes place this Saturday, 28th June, starting at 1:45pm at the Garden of Remembrance and finishing up at Merrion Square. And be sure to check out the Pantibar Party which is taking place from midday.

Makers & Brothers have their Summer Shed opening this Saturday, 28th June, in Blackrock, a day of food, fun and functional design. There will also be ping-pong aplenty and a workshop by James Carroll (woodworker) on carving wooden spoons. The opening takes place from 10am to 6pm.

PhotoIreland Festival is Ireland’s first international festival of Photography and Image Culture, and the only festival dedicated to Photography in Ireland. It celebrates Ireland’s photographic talents – oftentimes only recognised abroad – as well as bringing international practitioners and artists to Ireland. The festival highlights, promotes and elevates Photography in Ireland – conferring on it the importance it duly deserves. The event runs from 1st to 31st July in a variety of venues.

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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