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Monday 9 December 2019

Where to go: Gigs, festivals, clubs and family events

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The gigs, festivals and events you should be attending this week...


Summer Rising Festival @ IMMA (from free)

Friday, July 18 – Saturday, July 26

The city's art museum's festival programme has an emphasis on art, music, food and performance. There's a special edition of Thisispopbaby's performance club night WERK on Friday, July 18, a night-time banquet on Friday, July 25 with The Cake Cafe's Michelle Darmody, and on both Saturdays The Garden Rising features food workshops on pickling, fish smoking and foraging. On the evening of Saturday, July 26, the festival closes with music from Gang Colours, Somerville and DJs Donal Dineen and David Kitt. www.imma.ie

Gavin Clark @ Button Factory, Dublin (€20)

Friday, July 18

Not only is this a rare live performance from UNKLE associate Gavin Clark and members of the band The Leisure Society, Ugly Duckling's event tomorrow night also kicks off with the Irish premiere of The Living Room, an unreleased film by Shane Meadows (This Is England) about the director's relationship with Clark. There's also a showing of Meadow's first short film, Northern Soul.

Longitude Festival @ Marlay Park, Dublin (€149)

Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20

Away from the big draws like Haim, Rudimental, Disclosure, Ben Howard and Massive Attack, there's plenty of variety for the festival's second year with a clutch of new bands playing Ireland for the first time, including Banks and Say Lou Lou. Whelan's are celebrating their 25th anniversary by hosting a stage of their own, Red Bull Music Academy lead with a strong lineup of local electronica and the Dirty Old Town Speakeasy offers comedy, discussions and interviews.


The Waterboys @ The Big Top, Galway (€40)

Sunday, July 20

Mike Scott and band are known for hits like The Whole Of The Moon and the seminal album, Fisherman's Blues. Their 1988 album of the same name was partly recorded in Spiddal in Galway, so it's fitting that the band should return to perform songs from their catalogue. They last played The Big Top for the Galway Arts Festival in 1989, so the time is right for this one.

The Cave @ Mitchelstown Caves, Mitchelstown (€35)

Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20

It's a rare night out when a gig takes place 200 feet below ground but that's just what is happening in Mitchelstown Caves this weekend where attendees must make their way down the 88 stone steps and walk one kilometre through underground passages where they will find themselves in a large cavern. Musical performances taking place there include Ger Wolfe & O Emperor (Friday, July 18), Delorentos & Sam Brookes (Saturday, July 19) and Mick Flannery & The Young Folk (Sunday, 20 July, sold out). Let's hope no-one gets the subterranean homesick blues.


Tycho @ Button Factory (€14)

Wednesday, July 23

Hidden Agenda bring in the best in dance and electronic acts on a regular basis and next week's mid-week event is a break from their normal Saturday night show. Scott Hansen is a designer and musician behind the Tycho project which relies on gliding synthesizers and cascading guitars to creative pensive and evocative electronic instrumentals. The show will feature a three-piece live band.


Children's Events @ National Library of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin (free)

Thursday, July 17/ Saturday, July 26

Every Thursday during the summer holidays the NLI is hosting a series of children's activities. Today, at 2:30pm, it's Thursday Tales, for ages 5-8, where kids are encouraged to create their own tall tales. Next Thursday at 1pm, Niall De Burca will be entertaining through storytelling, which is suitable for all ages. No booking necessary.


Laya Healthcare City Spectacular @ Fitzgerald Park, Cork (free)

Saturday, July 19 – Sunday, July 20

The newly rebranded Street Performance World Championship moves to Cork for the weekend after its Dublin celebration last week. Expect acrobats, sword-swallowers, jugglers, breakdancers and ventriloquists . There's also a kid's court where parents will get their comeuppance by their children, food markets, a TodayFM Irish Summer area which is heavy on the TK Lemonade and some award-winning balloon artists.


Bray Air Display @ Bray (free)

Sunday July 20

The largest air show in Ireland returns on Sunday as part of Bray Summerfest. Last year, organisers say 85,000 people turned out for the event along the east coast. From 3:30pm, flyers like former aerobatic champion Eddie Goggins (The Flying Dentist they call him) and former RAF pilot Gerry Humpreys (The Flying Farmer they call him) are teaming up as the puntastic Aer Dynamics and their flight will feature an impressive array of aerial manoeuvres. There's also room in the sky for the foreboding-sounding The Vampires of the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron, the Mig 15, the Hawker Hunter and The Strike Master.



Hotter Than July @ Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin (free, 2pm - 7pm)

Sunday, July 20

Improvised Music Company & Big Bang Festival present a world cup of sound with Brazil, Ireland, Africa, The Balkans, Asia and US all represented. There'll be a Gamelan instrument from Indonesia (as used by Bjork), West African-inspired Dublin band Manden Express, new trad from Ensemble Eriu, Coisceim Dance, the Balkan flavour of North Strand Kontra Band along with samba dancers and bluegrass. A right global street party.

Cork Cycling Festival @ Cork City (from free)

Saturday, July 19 – Sunday, July 27

For a full nine days, Cork city hosts the festival that celebrates cycling culture in Cork (after Clonakilty had a go last month). If your bike is out of operation, take it to the festival's repair workshop and get it running again. Cultural and educational cycles include Tom Spalding's Cork Past and Present Tour on Monday, July 21, an astronomical cycle with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory on Friday, July 25 and a Guided Tour of World War I Cork on July 27.

There's also a cycling cinema and a vintage velo run lined up. On yer bike!


First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent

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