Where to go: Gigs, festivals, clubs and family events
The gigs, festivals and events you should be attending this week...
New Jersey Nights @ Olympia Theatre, Dublin (€23)
Thursday July 24 - Saturday August 2
Having sold out its original run in the Gaiety Theatre last February, the theatre production returned for 14 nights last week (with the exception of Mondays). Frankie Valli wasn't just a guy who appeared in The Sopranos (true story), he was of course, known for being a successful New Jersey singer with his band The Four Seasons. This production is a musical-retelling of their story and is packed with their hits like 'Oh, What a Night', 'Beggin'', 'Who Loves You' and 'Sherry'.
Vodafone Comedy Festival @ Iveagh Gardens, Dublin (€23-€28)
Thursday July 24 - Sunday July 27
There's a good chance that you're one of the 20,000 people expected at the Comedy Festival over the four days this week. 85 comedians will perform in four fully-seated indoor theatre with two shows a night per venue. Highlights include Rhys Darby (Flight Of The Conchords), Foil, Arms & Hog, Stewart Francis, Maeve Higgins, Dara O'Briain, Russell Howard, Jason Manford and Al Murray.
Samaris, Daniel Martin Moore @ The Set Theatre, Kilkenny (€5)
Thursday, July 24
Icelandic trio Samaris are suitably enough known for their ice-cold meandering electronic songs. Lyrics sung in Icelandic, add an extra ethereal otherworldly quality to their music. As part of their Irish tour which included Longitude and three gigs in Cork, they play The Set Theatre tonight with support from folk-singer Daniel Martin Moore.
Cass McCombs, Lisa O'Neill @ Roisin Dubh, Galway / Cyprus Avenue, Cork (€16)
Thursday July 24 / Friday July 25
A regular visitor to Ireland, McCombs is a bit of an enigma. Maybe that's because in the social network world, he's a wandering minstrel status that has lead to his label Domino, once hiring a private detective to track him down. True or not, that mystique makes it way into his music through the medium of Americana, blues, folk, roots and country. Cavan folk singer O'Neill supports.
Dublin International Piano Festival @ various Dublin venues (From free)
Friday July 25 - Sunday August 3
As well as offering a Summer Academy for budding pianists, the Dublin Piano festival will over ten days host master pianists with serious credentials in venues such as National Concert Hall, the Hugh Lane Gallery and Harold's Cross Hospice. Performers include Archie Chen, Artur Pizarro, Lance Coburn, Edmund Battersby and Evelyne Brancart. 16 advanced students of piano chosen by DIPF who will get to lessons with these current masters.
Badbadnotgood @ The Sugar Club, Dublin (€11.75)
Wednesday July 30
Having previously collaborated with rap heavyweights like Ghostface Killah and Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator, Toronto twentysomethings Badbadnotgood have a reputation that peeks out of their instrumental jazz roots and puts one foot into hip-hop. They translate their jazz pedigree into taut grooves inspired by rap beats and sparse melodies Having already played an Irish tour in May, they return to the capital to showcase their youthful mix once again.
The European Juggling Convention @ Millstreet, Co. Cork (From €8)
Saturday 26 July
All week, jugglers and acrobats descend on Millstreet to participate in circus arts workshops and shows. Saturday sees The Gala show which will feature a parade, and two shows featuring performances from internationally-respected jugglers and circus artists. www.ejc2014.org
Into the Wild @ The Model, Sligo (€40, 2pm)
Tuesday July 29
For children ages 4-7 with a curious mind towards creepy crawlies, this special camp will take them on an exploratory field trip where the kids will build an insect hotel - a project with an arts and craft angle too. Wellies recommended!
Sunsets Disco Brunch @ Mountjoy Square, Dublin (€37, 3pm)
Saturday July 26
A brunch in a restored Georgian house with mixologists on hand, good food, BYOB and a rake of bands for the charity Soar who deliver intervention preventative programs for young people from all backgrounds? Sounds good. An afterparty costing €27.50 features music from Sleep Thieves, Brian Deady and more.
The Last Days Of Disco @ Moxie Studios, Dublin (€15, 10pm)
Friday July 25
Ireland has been going through a bit of disco renaissance recently with club nights, new bands and DJs letting the groove take them. This special BYOB gig which will be dressed by Hunt & Gather as part of the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular festival celebrates its rise and asks what's next in the large surrounds of Moxie Studios off Pembroke Lane. Music comes from Ships, Diosco na mBó, Kelly-Anne-Byrne with Mother and Nialler9 hosting/ DJing the event.
#smithFILMsquare @ Smithfield Square, Dublin (Free)
Saturday July 26
Dublin International Film Festival in association with Dublin City Council, putting on a pop up screenings in Smithfield Square this Saturday, and hey're asking Dubliners to vote for their favourite Dublin film on their website and social media (@dublinfilmfest / #smithfilmsquare). There are 12 films in the running including My Left Foot, The Commitments, Adam And Paul, Once, The Snapper, Michael Collins and Intermission among others. Vote for which one you want to see on Saturday.
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Sounds Alive @ Freemasons Hall, Dublin (€15 - €25)
Friday September 5 - Saturday September 6
Sounds Alive been putting on audio-focused events in the city since 2010, placing engaging audio stories in dark rooms. For two nights in September, Sounds Alive will transform the Freemasons Hall with stories from the radio, the internet, archives and field recordings as well as interviews and performances. www.soundsalive.ie
Ben Watt Trio @ The Sugar Club, Dublin (€25)
Wednesday October 29
The former Everything But The Girl singer has written novels in recent years but in a musical capacity, he's just released his second solo album Hendra showcasing his singer-songwriter folk roots. Live, he'll be joined by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and drummer Martin Ditcham who has played with Talk Talk and The Waterboys.