Welcome back to another Weekly Roundup, serving up truly the best of suggestions for things to do around the capital over the coming week.

Another busy weekend and week ahead of us here in Dublin city, 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
The next instalment of Select Sessions — Super Sonic Youth — takes place tonight, Thursday, 25th September, at 4 Dame Lane and features some of the brightest young bands taking the Irish music scene by storm. The lineup includes Dublin bands The Klares, Cramptown Spaces and The Shades who will be showing why they are potentially the next big things!

A new monthly live music club night housed in The Grand Social, a nod towards the music and mayhem evoked by the Spiegeltent. Club Spiegel is certainly kicking off with a bang! Fresh from her Edinburgh Fringe Festival Spiegeltent appearances, the organisers are delighted to welcome the divine Mary Coughlan as the first headline act. Tickets cost €11.75 and may be reserved online.

Time for the seventh in the series of ‘GoldenPlec & Claire Beck Presents…’ gig nights in the The Workmans Club, Dublin. The monthly #GoldenBeck showcase takes place tonight from 8pm, and features Wild Promises, Other Creatures, and Pockets. Admission is €5 on the door.

Nialler9 at Block TNialler9 presents Minimum Maximum, a secret lineup BYOB show, tomorrow, Friday, September 26th at Block T in Smithfield. The event will feature three bands who will play three sets. There will be no pre-announcements as to who is playing — you’ll just have to trust the guys! Tickets €15 on the door only.

Pickled Onion Records return with the second edition of their midnight showcase ‘Night Howl‘ in Whelan’s tomorrow, Friday, 26th September. Performing on the night are two great bands, the amazing Tell No Foxx and Little Xs for Eyes. Free entry before 10:30pm, club entry applies after 10:30pm

alt-J play a one-off Irish gig as part of their European tour on Saturday 27th September at 3Arena in Dublin. The band came to prominence with the release of their debut album An Awesome Wave in May 2012, and their most recent offering, This Is All Yours, was released last week.

***GIG POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER DUE TO ILLNESS*** Much beloved UK rockers The Magic Numbers play The Academy in Dublin on Saturday 27th September. Prepare to be amazed. Exultant harmonies, sweeping melodies, driving rock and gorgeous ballads: The Magic Numbers are past masters at making music that lifts the spirits.

Dublin based band Staring at Lakes release their much anticipated debut album this Saturday 27th September, in Bello Bar. This is a close knit group of musicians and friends, with not just your average one lead singer but three, focusing on collaborative song-writing and delicate harmonies. Well worth checking out!

Legendary DJ Nicky Siano (he of The Gallery and Studio 54 fame) is back in Dublin with his big bag of disco and house classics. He will be appearing at the Lost Society on Saturday, 27th September. Tickets cost €10 (+ online booking fee) 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.

For some great late night entertainment, why not pop along to Zebra, the music showcase in Whelan’s, that takes place every Thursday night at midnight, featuring up and coming local and international talent. Free entry before 10:30pm, club entry applies after 10:30pm (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Zebra at Whelan's every ThursdayAnother great weekly showcase takes place in The Loft in The Grand Social every Sunday. Saucy Sundays brings together the best new musical acts from around the country under the one roof, and runs from 6 – 11pm. Admission is free.

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
The Dublin Theatre Festival gets underway today, Thursday, 25th September, and runs until 12th October, in a variety of venues throughout the city. Established in 1957, the festival has thrived since then, bringing world class theatre to Dublin audiences and providing a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world. Programme and ticket information is available on the Dublin Theatre Festival website.

Hamlet explodes onto the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, once again as part of the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival. One of the world’s great theatre houses, Berlin’s Schaubühne, returns to Dublin for the first time since their sold-out run of Hedda Gabler (Dublin Theatre Festival 2006). The play runs from tonight, Thursday 25th until Saturday, 27th September. Tickets costing from €15 may be purchased online.

The Gate Theatre presents the WORLD PREMIÈRE of The Mariner by renowned Irish writer Hugo Hamilton, as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. The play, which is directed by Tony Award winning Director, Patrick Mason, starts tonight, Thursday, 25th September, and runs until 25th October. Tickets cost €25 and may be booked online.

Our Few and Evil Days posterAs part of the aforementioned 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival, the Abbey Theatre presents Our Few and Evil Days, a new play written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, one of Ireland’s finest contemporary playwrights. The play stars Charlie Murphy, Sinéad Cusack, Ciarán Hinds, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Previews take place from tomorrow, Friday 26th September, and tickets costing from €13 may be purchased online.

Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy is back at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin for a strictly limited run until 20th October. Tickets for this highly acclaimed production cost from €24.50, and may be purchased online.

The Essential Classics series returns to the National Concert Hall this September with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the helm. The concert features Mia Cooper on violin, and John Wilson conducts. Tickets cost from €11 and may be reserved online.

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra are also in action in the NCH with an evening of orchestral solos as part of their new season tomorrow night, Friday, 26th September. On the programme we have works by Liszt, Bartok and Schumann. Tickets cost from €12  are available online.

The NCH also hosts an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan next Tuesday, 30th September. This special evening, brought to you by one of the UK’s leading Gilbert and Sullivan companies features scenes and songs from The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and HMS Pinafore. Tickets cost from €10 and may be reserved online.

Exhibitions in the city
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.

Terracotta Warriors at Ambassador in DublinThe 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.

Misc in the city
The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 25th 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 another open air screening in Merrion Square on Saturday, 27th September (as always, weather permitting), this time the amazingly entertaining animated blockbuster ‘How To Train Your Dragon. Admission is €5 and the movie starts when it gets dark (around 7:30pm). Gates open at 6pm.

There’s more movie madness in the great outdoors as the Dún Laoghaire Drive-In returns this weekend. The movies on offer include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dirty Dancing, American Graffiti, and Inglourious Basterds. Movies cost from €16 per car.

Oktoberfest is back in George’s Dock in the IFSC Docklands, running until October 5th. A marquee similar to that of Oktoberfest in Munich, along with authentic Oktoberfest barmaids, German food and a wide selection of authentic Bavarian beer will ensure that festival goers will get a flavour of the real thing here in Dublin. Further information is available on the official Oktoberfest website.

For aficionados of the comic, you’ll be interested in the DICE comic expo being held in Dundrum Town Centre this weekend. Tickets cost €15 per day or €25 for the two days. Some big names from the world of comics will be there — miss at your peril!

The Monday Echo in DublinThe 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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