Wednesday 21 February 2018

Going out guide

7 days and nights - Friday 18th - 24th of April

Tramore will host a Ska and Reggae Fest.
Tramore will host a Ska and Reggae Fest.
Potted Potter
Joey Essex

What's on, where and when for the next seven days.

Pick of the week: Hamsandwich

Not just our favourite sambo but an awesome band that we’ve been craving! We can’t wait to see the delicious HamsandwicH perform at The Olympia for a much anticipated gig.

Hail the King

If you are in the mood for some bizarre, wonderful, costume-heavy psychedelic rock from Canada, then crave no more: King Khan and the Shrines visit Whelan’s tomorrow.

Seriously funny

There is a serious comedy line-up in the Róisín Dubh on Wednesday, featuring Karl Spain, Fred Cooke, Eleanor Tiernan, Colm O'Regan and Christiane Mahoney.

Friday 18

Did you know that there’s a Ska and Reggae Festival in Tramore? Well now you do — and it’s running from today until Sunday. Who needs pubs to be open when you have an oddly niche music festival in a southeastern seaside town?|

Tonight, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra will accompany a phenomenal vocal lineup to bring Bach’s music to life.

*2014 marks the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf, and we have decided to celebrate it in style. The events run across all connected sites - Armagh, Clare, Tipp and of course Dublin - and include everything from re-enactments to lectures.

Saturday April 19

We haven’t heard much from HamsandwicH over the past few months, so we’re delighted to see them back in action as they play their biggest gig to date tonight in The Olympia.

Make sure to check out their new single Illuminate before you head along. Welcome back Sambo.

*The lads in Hermitage Green continue their tireless touring, spreading the good word of infectious blues to venues around the country as they wait for their inevitable breakthrough. Tonight they’re in the Roisin Dubh.

If you’re one of those people for whom life does not contain enough Joey Essex, then please, DO NOT DESPAIR. He’s making an appearance tonight at the Red Cow’s Hush Nite Club.

Sunday April 20

* Speaking of wonderful celebrity oddities, Jedward play The Olympia tonight. What they do is anyone’s guess, but we’re sure it will be entertaining. It’s ambitious, it’s bold, and we’re dying to see the results!

Tuesday April 22

* The Certain Three Tour features a selection of acts from the UK and Ireland and tonight, the anointed ones (namely The Altered Hours, Myles Manley and Patterns) visit the Workman’s Club.

* Potted Potter was an absolute blast during its recent run at the Gaiety, and the show — which condenses JK Rowling’s entire series into 70 hilarious minutes — runs at the Everyman Theatre in Cork from tonight until Saturday.

Wednesday April 23

* The international Indie Week festival comes to Limerick this week, as part of the city’s City of Culture program. No big names, no headliners— just a week of solid indie tuneage, taking place right across the city, kicking off tonight.

*Today marks the actual anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf — and if you couldn’t make any of the real-life re-enactments, then log on to Twitter and follow @1014retold, which will provide a blow-by-blow account of the day’s events in real-time. Livetweeting, but with a 1,000-year delay.

Thursday April 24

* There weren’t many great April Fool gags this year — but one of the exceptions was surely Mario Rosenstock’s takeover of the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, and the in-character diatribe that followed. The impressionist will bring his extensive cast of characters to the Olympia for three nights, starting tonight.

* The John Butler Trio, Aussie kings of jam and roots, will be making an appearance tonight in Vicar Street.

* The Darklight Festival makes a welcome return to Dublin, kicking off with a launch party tonight at Block T followed by a screening of Last Hijack in the Lighthouse Cinema — followed by a week of shorts, features, talks, workshops and classics that basically has us weeping with excitement.

Film of the week: The amazing spider-man

Andrew Garfield returns in this funny and effective sequel. Peter Parker is enjoying his secret double life as the crime-fighting vigilante Spider-Man when a deadly new enemy emerges. Jamie Foxx plays Electro, the unhinged villain intent on teaching Spider-Man a lesson, and Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field co-star in a film that gets the balance between action and drama exactly right.

Club Scene Eamon Sweeney


The Pavilion, Carey’s Lane, Huguenot Quarter, Cork, Sunday (€8/€10)

Electrohouse will be in the house this Easter Sunday as Chicago legend DJ Rahann drops by to get the party started in the People’s Republic of Cork.


The Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Sunday (€22.50)

Sasha & Digweed’s Renaissance compilation remains one of dance music’s best loved releases. Diggers plays an exclusive four-hour set in the Buttoner.


Factory, Electric Garden & Theatre, Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway, Sunday (Boat & Afterparty €20/After party €8)

If you fancy a truly different clubbing experience this Easter, this one certainly fits the bill. The party boat sets sail at 6.30pm. Full details from the Electric Facebook page.


Jika Jika, Tooban, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal, Monday (€25)

By a happy coincidence, John Digweed’s old sparring partner Sasha also plays in Ireland this weekend. He’ll be in action in deepest Donegal for a three hour set on Easter Monday, which is literally a stone’s throw away from Derry.

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