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 last big festival of the summer, the festival to top them all, Electric Picnic, running from tomorrow, Friday 29th until Sunday 31st August in Stradbally. With a hugely impressive lineup that includes luminaries of the music and entertainment worlds like Portishead, Mogwai, Outkast, Beck, amongst literally hundreds of other performers, this is truly the Big Daddy of the summer festival circuit. Needless to say, tickets have well sold out, but for those unfortunate enought not to have secured a ticket, you can tune in to RTÉ for live links to the event.

Select Sessions returns to 4 Dame Lane tonight, Thursday, 28th August with an evening entitled Girls Night Out. There is a very special all female line up, with one of Ireland’s most highly respected and internationally know singer/songwriters Eleanor McEvoy headlining with support from Jazz/Folk band Mongoose, and poetical folk act Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick and The Darling Buds of. Doors open at 7:30pm and entry is €5.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy comes to the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire tomorrow night, Friday, 29th August, for his only Irish performance. The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema.

The Pavilion Theatre also hosts the inimitable Lloyd Cole the following night, Saturday, 30th August, as part of his 7-date solo tour of Ireland, which also includes appearances in Wexford, Kilkenny, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Killarney. The Dublin show is sold out, but you do have six other venues to catch him!

The National Concert Hall is the setting for A Tribute to the King, a spectacular evening celebrating 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which takes place on Saturday, 30th August. Two 45 piece orchestras will come together accompanied by a 50 piece strong choir to ensure a bigger, better and more historic event than ever before! Tickets cost €25 and may be reserved online.

The First Lady of Southern Soul, Candi Staton, will be performing with her band at the Sugar Club in Dublin next Wednesday, 3rd September. There will also be a Q&A session with her, affording her fans a great opportunity to get to know their idol better. Tickets cost €24.50 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 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

After a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre and an international tour to New YorkMaeve’s House is back at the Peacock stage. 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.

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 enjoying its second run of the year at the Gate Theatre. This is one of the most popular novels in English literature, and is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The play runs until Saturday, 20th September. Tickets cost from €25 and may be reserved online.

Steven Berkoff brings An Actor's Lament to Dublin

Legendary actor, director and playwright Steven Berkoff brings his play An Actor’s Lament to the Gaiety for a limited run, starting next Monday, 1st September. Tickets cost from €20 and may be reserved online.

The Civic Theatre in Tallaght presents Stones in His Pockets, a hilarious and moving tale of a quiet Irish community turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood movie shoot. The play runs from Monday 1st until Saturday, 6th September. Tickets cost €19 (including a €1 booking fee) and may be reserved online.

The final Dublin City Council ‘Opera in the Open‘ of the summer is Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, taking place today, Thursday, 28th August, in the Amphitheatre at Wood Quay. The performance starts at 1pm and lasts an hour, weather permitting!

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra are back in action this Friday, 29th August, at the National Concert Hall with Close Encounters, an evening celebrating the music of the great John Williams. This is also the last concert of the 2014 Summer Nights series.


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, finish up their residency at the Workman’s Club on Wednesday, 3rd September. Admission is €8 and the show starts at 8:30pm.

The phenomenon that is Riverdance comes to the end of its two month 20th anniversary run in the Gaiety on Sunday, 31st August. Will we ever forget that memorable interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin back in 1994? Tickets from €20 while they last! 

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 this coming Sunday, 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.

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.

David Kronn Second Sight Exhibition @ IMMA

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 at the White Lady Art gallery in Dublin comes to an end tomorrow, Friday, 29th 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 have been open to discussion during the past month. 

Landmarked, the exhibition celebrating Dublin’s growing and diversifying street art culture, continues at The MART. It focuses on the idea that landmarks can be created in the urban environment through the work of the street artist and runs until this coming Sunday, 31st of August.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 28th 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 final Temple Bar Night Market of the summer takes place this evening, Thursday, 28th 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

Merrion Square will be hosting an Open Day this Saturday, 30th August, an event that boasts a very full programme of exhibitions, talks, and tours. The full detailed programme is available on the Merrion Square Open Day website.

Croke Park Classic 2014

American college football comes to Dublin with the Croke Park Classic, which takes place this Saturday, 30th August (thus the reason for the Mayo -v- Kerry replay being played in Limerick). The University of Central Florida host Penn State in their 2014 Season Opener. There will also be other side events taking place

The Great Pink Run is back with a 5km and 10km run planned for Saturday, 30th August in the Phoenix Park, which for years has hosted some of Ireland’s highest profile running events. The event is in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland, researching a cure for the disease.

French Foodie in Dublin hosts another Foodie Movie Club next Monday, 1st September, with a screening of Babette’s Feast in Brooks Hotel, followed by a meal in La Maison. Tickets cost €35 + booking fee and may be reserved online.

Dublin’s first ever Feminist Film Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 30th and 31st August, in The New Theatre in Dublin. The festival aims to counteract the under-representation of women in the film industry and also serves to celebrate women’s contribution to film. A full weekend pass can be purchased directly from The New Theatre Box Office for €50, just call 01-6703361 to reserve. Tickets may be purchased online and will also be available on the door (of the New Theatre) on the day.


Des Bishop is back after spending a year in China, and will be presenting his new show at Vicar Street this Saturday, 30th August, regaling us with his many experiences of his time in that country. Tickets cost €25 and may be reserved online.

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!

Lead image via Electric Picnic (edited)







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