Welcome back to another Weekly Roundup, serving up the hottest of hot suggestions for things to do around the capital over the coming seven days.

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, the great Duke Special plays the National Concert Hall tonight, Thursday, 11th September, along with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. This Vaudeville-inspired bohemian singer-poet, hailed as one of Ireland’s most extraordinary entertainers, will be interpreting the music of ‘missing Beatle’ and inspiring American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. Tickets cost from €15 and may be purchased online.

Select Sessions is back at 4 Dame Lane tonight, Thursday, 11th September, with a special night celebrating Numu Promotions’ 3rd birthday. On the bill are one of the hottest all girl rock/indie/blues bands in Ireland right now, the brilliant Featuring X and the ultra-cool alternative rock/blues band Travis Oaks. The very talented solo artist Alice Kiernan rounds off the line-up. Doors open 7:30pm.

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre welcomes the great Tony Bennett this Friday, 12th September. His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” form part of the fabric of American music culture, and he is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers. 


Ireland’s premier Neil Young tribute band Harvest, play the Sugar Club this Friday, 12th September, with special guests Pearl Scam and Carry On CSN. Tickets cost €15 and may be reserved online.

The Script play a special homecoming show in the beautiful surroundings of Dublin Castle this Saturday, 13th September. This homecoming show will take place the day after the release of the band’s highly anticipated new album No Sound Without Silence. Needless to say the gig is well sold out, but if you are in the vicinity of the Castle on Saturday, keep your ears peeled!

Pickled Onion Records, The Last Mixed Tape, Abner Brown’s Barbershop, and Select Sessions present Gig For Gaza, a humanitarian night aimed at raising funds for the Irish Red Cross: Gaza Crisis Appeal. Taking place on Wednesday, September 17th at the Sugar Club in Dublin, the show will look to support the Irish Red Cross and their work helping those effected by the conflict in Gaza. All proceeds on the night going towards the charity. Tickets cost €15 and may be purchased online.

Gig for Gaza in Dublin

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

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.

Maeve’s House, the delightful one man show written by and staring Eamon Morrissey, is being put on as part of the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival. The final show of the three show run takes place tonight, Thursday, 11th September, with a special post-performance discussion with Eamon Morrissey and Sinead Gleeson.

Borstal Boy at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin

Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy is back at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin for a strictly limited run. Previews take place from tonight, Thursday 11th, until Monday, 15th September, and the play officially opens the following night, Tuesday, 16th September. Tickets cost from €24.50, and may be purchased online.

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).

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra are back in the National Concert Hall on Saturday, 13th September, in a truly rare concert, featuring David Puttnam. This concert is part of the Signature Series. Puttnam reflects on his astounding career from stage, while the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performs famous themes from some of his game-changing films. David’s son Sacha also joins the RTÉ CO as pianist and also performs solo pieces drawn from the world of his father’s films. 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 explores how light manifests as a metaphor in our thoughts, obsessions and pursuits and includes text, sculpture, drawings and textiles.

Hélio Oiticica work on display @ IMMA in Dublin

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. 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.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 11th 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 screening in Merrion Square over the coming days. Tonight, Thursday, 11th September (as always, weather permitting), they will be screening The Princess Bride. Then on Saturday next, 13th September, they will be showing the perennial favourite, ET Extra Terrestrial. Admission to both screenings is €5, and the movies start when it gets dark (around 8:15pm). Gates open at 6:30pm.

The sixth annual Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival takes place in Dún Laoghaire from today, Thursday 11th until Sunday 14th September. This year’s programme includes names such as Lee Child, John Boyne, David Mitchell and Lynn Barber and features writer interviews, workshops, family and schools programmes and much more. For more information or to book tickets to any of the events taking place in the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, visit the official festival website or call +353 1 271 9532. A must for all book lovers!


The 5th Underground Cinema Film Festival takes place in Dún Laoghaire, running from today, Thursday 11th until 14th September, promising an action-packed schedule. A champion of emerging filmmakers, Underground Cinema has the belief that no matter what the film’s budget or the director’s vision, it’s the filmmaker’s passion that drives a film. This year presents a new generation of adventurous independent filmmaking, in which boundaries are explored, pushed and often broken. Check out Limp, an Irish film that will be screened at the Royal Marine Hotel on Sunday evening. There will also be a great weekend of drive-in movies at the Stena Line ferry terminal in Dún Laoghaire, with favourites like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Terminator and a whole host more!

The inaugural Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival takes place in the RDS in Ballsbridge, running from tomorrow, Friday 12th to Sunday, 14th September, and is a celebration of every aspect of the coffee and tea world. Tickets cost from €10.40 (incl. booking fee) and may be reserved online.

Tommy Tiernan brings his ‘Open Mouth an Improvisation’ show to Whelan’s, as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations tonight, Thursday, 11th September. This is a free falling, spontaneous, scriptless performance that pushes Tommy to the very limits of his creativity. Tickets have sold out, but keep an eye out for his upcoming shows in Dublin.

Des Bishop returns to Vicar Street in Dublin this Saturday, 13th September, with his show recounting the many experiences of his time in China. He has some fun stories to tell about that: from working in a restaurant in the North East for a month to trying to find a wife in a Marriage park; plus some great journeys with Leo, his co-worker from the Abrakebabra days. Tickets cost €25 and may be purchased online.

TEDxDublin 2013

TEDxDublin returns this Saturday, 13th September, to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Grand Canal Square, with an afternoon that promises some great speakers and ‘ideas worth spreading’. The theme for this year’s event is ‘New Landscapes‘. The event has sold out, but check out the TEDxTalks YouTube channel in the coming week for a catch-up on the day’s proceedings.

This Sunday, why not spend a great family day out at the Smithfield Market Fair, running from midday until late. Taking place in the Generator Hostel, there will be over 35 market stalls selling everything from vintage clothes, food stalls, vinyl records, contemporary arts and jewellery pieces, plus much, much more. There will be live music throughout the day. Admission is free.

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!

The Monday Echo in Dublin

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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