Culture vulture: What not to miss this week
Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.
Twee shall overcome
Belle and Sebastian
Perennial indie-pop underdogs make an all-too rare Irish headline appearance (typically they just pop over for festivals). Stuart Murdoch remains a master chronicler of sensitive-dude angst, capturing the ineffable pain of being a shy bloke who can't get a girlfriend. The Iveagh Gardens gigs also welcome Dropkick Murphys this Sunday.
Thursday, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
Fest in show
The spirit of Oxegen is conjured by this youth-oriented festival, in which millennial faves Stormzy (labove, Friday) and The Weeknd (Saturday) brush up against stadium jug-band Mumford and Sons, "curators" of the Sunday bill.
Friday - Sunday, Marlay Park, Dublin
The blues explosion
The Tennessee blues-lady shot to fame when Michelle Obama name-dropped her as a favourite. Her music combines roots, indie and alt-country.
Tonight, Connolly's of Leap, Cork
With Game of Thrones returning (see below), what better time to reacquaint yourself with the blood and thunder thrills of epic fantasy? George RR Martin's original novels are considered part of the "Grimdark" movement, which stresses real-world grubbiness over Tolkien-style elf-hugging. One of the best new entries in the genre is Mark Lawrence's Red Sister, chronicling the life, times, and killings of slave-turned-assassin Nona.
The TV show
Game of Thrones
The small screen epic is back, with Mother of Dragons Daenerys finally reaching Westeros with her dragons. Up north, Jon Snow remains as miserable as ever - fair enough, considering an army of subzero zombies is set to invade.
Monday, 2am / 9pm, Sky Atlantic
The box set
Friends From College
University pals reunite in middle age and are forced to deal with the triumphs and disappointments of adulthood. From Nicholas Stoller, director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Look out for cameos from Seth Rogen and Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon.
Available on Netflix from today