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

We’re changing the format a bit this time around, but we still have all the best events, gigs, festivals, markets and everything else covered, to ensure you maximise your free time! 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 Body&Soul festival takes place over this weekend in the beautiful and mythical surroundings of Ballinlough Castle. The lineup includes many notable acts like Goldfrapp, Of Montreal, and Gary Numan, amongst many others. No better way to spend the Summer Solstice!

Bryan Ferry plays the second of his two concerts at the National Concert Hall tonight, Thursday, 19th June. The event is part of the ESB Live series in conjunction with the RTÉ Concert orchestra. Tickets from €55 available online from NCH.


Dublin’s very own Imelda May plays Vicar Street tonight, Thursday, 19th June, bringing her brand of rockabilly back to the capital, in support of her new album ‘Tribal‘. Tickets start at €35.

Smash Hits!, the 90s dance, pop and R‘n’B tribute band, play the Button Factory this Saturday, 21st June. Summer Solstice fun, a real throwback to a feel-goodtime of old skool nightclub DJs — not to be missed! Tickets €24.50 available online.

The summer series of concerts at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham gets underway next Tuesday, 24th June with none other than Paul Weller, supported by Tom Odell. Other acts performing throughout the week include Elbow, Jack WhiteThe Coronas and Biffy Clyro.

Theatre in the city

Brian Friel’s revealing family drama, Aristocrats, directed by Peter Mason, is back at the Abbey Theatre, running until 2nd August, 2014. Previews take place until 23rd June, with performances at 7.30pm Monday to Saturday on the main Abbey stage. Matinee performances are at 2pm on Saturdays. Tickets are priced between €13 and €45 and may be purchased online.

One of Oscar Wilde’s most famous works, the classic comedic play An Ideal Husband, is coming to the end of its run at the Gate Theatre in Dublin this Saturday night, 21st June. Tickets cost €35 and may be reserved online.

Mahagonny at the Olympia comes to an end this weekend

The six show run of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny comes to an end this Sunday, 22nd June, at the Olympia Theatre. Director Lynne Parker has transformed the Olympia Theatre in this immersive production, to evoke a timeless, universal metropolis. Tickets cost from €20 and may be purchased online.

The hugely popular Moll also comes to the end of its extended run in the Gaiety this Saturday, 21st June. Starring Frank Kelly, Des Keogh, and Mary McEvoy, tickets for the final performances may still be reserved online.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra present A Night on the Town: The Music of Gershwin and Bernstein at the National Concert Hall on Saturday, 21st June at 8pm. The soundtrack will be provided by the sensational Kim Criswell. Tickets cost from €11 and may be reserved online.

The Summer Lunchtime Series continues at the National Concert Hall next Tuesday, 24th June, with ‘Accordion Fantasies’. Featuring Dermot Dunne 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 Rivierdance is back in the Gaiety from next Tuesday, 24th June, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Who could ever forget that memorable interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin way back in 1994? Tickets cost from €20. And the memories? Priceless!

Exhibitions in the city

Two of the current exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art are coming to an end this Sunday. The Patrick Scott retrospective ‘Image, Space, Light‘ was made all th emore poignant, with the sad passing of the artist just two days before the exhibition opened. Open Eye Policy, a major retrospective of the work of renowned Indian artist Sheela Gowda, also comes to an end this weekend, after a very successful run.

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, closed Sundays.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 19th 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, 19th 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.

The annual Dublin Pride festival continues throughout the coming week, with plenty of activies planned to keep everyone happy, like the Pride Run tomorrow evening, Friday, 20th June in the Phoenix Park.

Dublin Biennial 2014

The 2014 Dublin Biennial taking place at the CHQ Building in the Docklands, comes to an end this Sunday, 22nd June. This international contemporary art exhibition features the works of over 50 national and international artists. Admission €5.

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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