Five cultural things you cannot miss this week

Glen Hansard

John Turturro in The Night Of

thumbnail: Glen Hansard
thumbnail: John Turturro in The Night Of
Ed Power

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out

The festival

Electric Picnic

Ireland's biggest and arguably best music festival returns, with Lana Del Rey, LCD Soundsystem and New Order heading the line-up. Also bound for Stradbally are artists as diverse as Bat for Lashes, Years and Years, Chemical Brothers and Animal Collective - in other words, from the sublime to the ridiculous and all the way around again. Stradbally, Co Laois, Friday to Sunday

The gig

Glen Hansard

It's been a funny few years for the sometime Frames frontman who achieved international recognition with the Oscar-winning 'Once' but seemed to find the exposure not quite to his liking. He's back in the old country for a solo performance with the focus on last year's 'Didn't He Ramble' album, a bittersweet rumination on his sometimes difficult relationship with his father.

Vicar Street, Dublin, Monday


Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

Best known for his portrayal of libertarian quote-machine Ron Swanson on 'Parks and Recreation', comedian Offerman is on the road with his creative partner (and wife) Megan Mullally. Buckle up for skits, songs and social commentary variously delivered with a wink, a nudge and a headscratch. Olympia, Dublin Tuesday

Staying in

The book

Dr James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time

On his death in London in 1865, Dr James Barry was a renowned military surgeon and academic. So there was considerable surprise when this esteemed medic was found to be the daughter of a prominent Cork mercantile family who had fled to London (after a rumoured sexual assault) and, for decades, passed herself off as a gentleman. The extraordinary story is compellingly chronicled by crime writer Jeremy Dronfield, with 17th-century Cork brought vividly to life.

The TV Show

The Night Of

Your new small screen-screen obsession has arrived. When a geeky student wakes in bed next to a brutally stabbed ingénue, he is plunged into a nightmare world of legal manipulation and police brutality. Written by crime novelist Richard Price with John Turturro as a crusading/crazed lawyer, 'The Night Of' takes us to the dark side of modern America with shocking, compelling results. Sky Atlantic Thursday, with the entire season available on Sky Box Sets now.