The summer just keeps on rolling, and our Weekly Roundup has plenty of great suggestions for things to do around the city over the coming week.

Another busy weekend and week ahead of us here in Dublin’s fair city, and we’ve got all the lowdown on 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

The summer series of concerts continues in Marlay Park today, Thursday, 10th July, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis providing the entertainment in South Dublin’s best outdoor venue. Support on the night will be provided by special guest, Ellie Goulding.

The legendary Christy Moore takes to the stage in the Iveagh Gardens this Friday, 11th July.  Tickets for the gig cost €44 and are available online.

Little Green Cars will also be playing the Iveagh Gardens the following evening, Saturday, 12th July. This will be their first Dublin date of 2014, so expect something fantastic! Tickets cost €28 and may be reserved online.


More Marlay madness as Sheffield Boys Arctic Monkeys descend on South Dublin surburbia this Saturday, 12th July. Winners of ‘Best British Group’ and ‘Best Album of the Year’ at this year’s Brit Awards, they will be supported on the day by very special guest, Jake Bugg. Also on the bill are Miles Kane and Royal Blood. This gig is sold out, but you never know your luck, there may be a stray ticket out there somewhere!

The great Daryl Hall and John Oates arrive in Dublin next week for their gig in the Olympia Theatre on Tuesday, 15th July. Celebrating 40 years since their debut release, this tour is selling out everywhere they play, Dublin included!

The following night, Wednesday, 16th July, the equally talented Cat Power also plays the Olympia, in support of her album ‘Sun’.  Tickets cost €30.90 and are still available to purchase online.

Theatre in the city

The Gate Theatre hosts Arthur Miller’s play The Price, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes, which is playing this July and August. Tickets are priced at €25 for the performances, and may be reserved online.

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 cost from €13 and may be purchased online.

The smash hit show Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is back in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, running until the 26th of the month. The show has been a smash hit in London, breaking box office records. Tickets cost from €35 and are available online.


World-famous violinist, Nigel Kennedy, will be appearing at the National Concert Hall this Saturday, 12th July, presenting an evening celebrating the music of Bach as well as other brilliant composers that have influenced him. Tickets cost from €30 and may be reserved online.

Staying at the National Concert Hall, the Summer Lunchtime Series continues next Tuesday, 15th July, with ‘On the Blue Danube’. Featuring Nadene Fiorentini on piano and 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.

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.

James Joyce exhibition in Dublin

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 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 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.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 10th July, 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, 10th July, 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.

Happenings are holding another one of their instant pop-up cultural events in Dublin, this time it’s open air cinema in Fitzwilliam Square tomorrow night, Friday, 11th July…weather permitting! The film in question is ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’, gates open 8pm, film starts around 10:30pm. Admission is €10 and there is a strict no alcohol policy.

Map of the Laya City Spectacular events in Merrion Square

This weekend sees the return of the newly rebranded Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular in Merrion Square, running from tomorrow, Friday 11th until Sunday, 13th July. This year, the festival is expanding, and the programme will include the likes of concerts, family picnics, artisan food events and outdoor screenings, alongside the world’s best street performers.

PhotoIreland Festival is Ireland’s first international festival of Photography and Image Culture, and the only festival dedicated to Photography in the country. 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 throughout July in a variety of venues around the city.

The inimitable Dawn French plays the final of her two dates at the Olympia Theatre tonight, Thursday, 10th July as part of her first ever solo tour. Tickets still available from €39.50 online.

The Monday Echo at the International 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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