The IFI's annual Horrorthon makes a timely return this week, turning Temple Bar into a spooky spectacle
Friday October 25
The tribal chant from their megahit Pompeii is one of the sounds that will define 2013 — and it’s been enough to propel Bastille to the top of the pop heap. They play The Olympia tonight.
Q The Cork Jazz Festival features some fairly nifty acts this year, from Nile Rodgers and Primal Scream to Bilal and Billy Cobham. Get things underway tonight with Danish act Efterklang, who join forces with the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra in the Cork Opera House.
Saturday October 26
Q Film Fatale have delighted us over the past few weeks with their themed screenings of Back to the Future and The Birds – so it's no surprise they're going all-out for Hallowe'en. Their Speakeasy opens this evening for one night only in a secret Dublin location – as is to be expected, these guys have nailed every detail, from the silent films to password at the door to 1920s cocktails in mugs, in case the fuzz turn up. Oh, and some silent films too ...
Q Want to feel a bit old? It's 22 years since the era-defining Screamadelica was released – meaning that, if it was a person, it would probably be finished college by now. Primal Scream are in the country this week for a series of gigs, including tonight's show at Leisureland, Galway, and gigs in the Olympia and Cork Opera House (as part of the Jazz Festival) on October 26 and 27 respectively.
Sunday October 27
Q The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will close out its successful series of Lord of the Rings perform-ances with a Return of the King show in the O2 tonight, bringing Howards Shore's score to life in front of an 80-foot screen. Nerdtastic stuff.
Q The IFI's annual Horrorthon makes a timely return this week, turning Temple Bar into a spooky spectacle until tomorrow. From Jeremy Lovering's In Fear to the We Are What We Are remake, and a 30th anniversary of David Cronenberg's Videodrome, this is the perfect opportunity to nerd out on one of cinema's most celebrated genres.
Monday October 28
Q The curtain falls tonight on the Bulmers Galway Comedy Fest, with a Best Of The Fest show at the Róisín Dubh. The full line-up has yet to be announced, but for €28, and choosing from an A-team that includes Lee Mack, David O'Doherty, Russell Howard, Barry Murphy, Aisling Bea and Maeve Higgins, you should be guaranteed some level of quality. If you don't fancy taking your chances, pop down to the same venue at 4pm for Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Q It's Monday, so it's time for a fun fact. Did you know that Suede bassist Mat Osman is the brother of Richard Osman, Alexander Armstrong's sidekick on BBC quiz show Pointless? Of course you didn't.
Well, you can catch Mat and the rest of Suede at the Olympia tonight. www.olympia.ie
Tuesday October 29
Q Waking Nosferatu is a scene-by-scene recreation of Murnau's terrifying horror classic, brought to life by actors including Anthony Blake-Kelly and Love/Hate's Gerry Wade.
It runs at the New Theatre, Dublin, until November 2.
Wednesday October 30
Q Gary War and Purple Pilgrim team up tonight in The Workman's Club for a properly exciting affair, delivering a two-sided mixture of dream pop and psychedelic soul that's come straight out of Hong Kong. Garywar.blogspot.co.uk
Q We all know Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, but let's not forget he did other stuff too. No, really! Take The Judge's House, for instance, which has been modernised and adapted by Stewart Roche into a show that's running at Bewley's Café Theatre. Michael is a screenwriter who's been packed off to West Cork to finish a script – an ill-advised take on The Picture of Dorian Gray, set in Celtic Tiger Dublin.
Thursday October 31
Q So, it's the one night of the year when kids can knock on your door and expect chocolate rather than a stern order to feck right off. If you want to avoid the little eejits, pop to Everleigh Gardens or Madison. There'll be sets from Japanese Popstars and Dead Prezidents, before the occupants of each club are whisked off on a ghostly tour.
Q ABSOLUT must be better known for their artistic endeavours than for making vodka. They're hosting a show called ORIGINALITY at Dublin's Mabos Arts Space, featuring young Irish creative talents.