Wednesday 21 February 2018

Where to go: Best gigs, festivals and family events

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Willie White @ Laughter Lounge, Dublin (€26)

Thursday May 29 – Saturday May 31

An alumni of Des Bishop's 2005 TV show Joy In The Hood, in which the comedian ran stand-up workshops in impoverished areas of Dublin city, White was one of the most impressive comedians to try out and that kick-start has lead to sustained appearances on comedy stages and consequently, appearances in The Savage Eye. White's Ballymun background offers him a uniquely Dublin take on life and he's carved out enough of a unique space for himself that he plays three shows this week.

Wavemasters Surf and Music Festival @ Spanish Point, Co. Clare (From €20 per day / €40 for weekend)

Saturday May 31 – Sunday June 1

The surfing and music combo has been one of the most obvious trends in Irish festivals in the last ten years. Cois Fharraige has come and gone, Sea Sessions remains strong and is growing every year while Wavemasters is a newcomer having just debuted last year. It's a smaller affair musically with eight acts on the bill including The Heathers, Hermitage Green, The Frank And Walters and a Happy Mondays' Bez DJ set.

The daytime surfing competition is the main attraction here.

Forbidden Fruit @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin (From €59.50 per day)

Saturday May 31 – Sunday June 1

Dublin city lacked its own music festival in recent years until Forbidden Fruit came along in 2011 and established itself in the grounds of IMMA at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. Back down to two days for the bank holiday weekend for 2014, the line-up relies heavily on indie, alternative, electronic, local acts and comedy to sell itself. Highlights from this year's line-up include electronic producer Flying Lotus' 3D Show (and his rap alter ego also performing as Captain Murphy), the sinewy falsetto indie-rock of Wild Beasts, the hit-cramming mashup masters 2 Many DJs, female hazy rockers Warpaint and polychromatic Swedish electro-poppers Little Dragon.

Rock'n The Green @ The Fairgreen, Sligo (Single day €30 / Weekend €50)

Saturday May 31 – Sunday June 1

This Collooney festival started as a charity event in 2013 dedicated to the memory of Eamon Gaffney, a townsman who passed away in tragic circumstances. Its first festival drew a crowd of 2,000 with names like Mundy and Royseven and the festival raised over €30,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the Northwest Hospice.

Buoyed by that success, the festival returns to deliver 100 percent of its profits to charity with an all-Irish line-up including Hothouse Flowers, Republic Of Loose, The Walls, Paddy Casey, Raglans, Bagatelle, Relish and more.

Bandon Music Festival @ Bandon, Cork (€12 per day / €20 for weekend)

Friday May 30 – Sunday June 1

An old veteran on the festival scene, Bandon turns legal with its 18th birthday this year. Its line-up this weekend include synth-electro stompers Le Galaxie, indie-folk singer-songwriter Mundy, folk-pop Dublin duo Hudson Taylor and Kormac's Big Band, an 11-piece live band featuring turntables, a barbershop quartet, drums, double bass, trombone, clarinet, trumpet and banjo.

A music trail in the pubs of the town takes place during the day and includes intriguingly, JAY'Z and No Direction.

Norman Jay Live @ 5th On Teeling, Sligo (€10)

Saturday May 31

There aren't many UK DJs that have been honoured with an MBE or had a career lasting over 40 years but Norman Jay's stature in Britain as a selector is legendary. The London man started on pirate radio station Kiss FM and is known for his eclectic taste in music: house, funk, latin, disco, soul and jazz. Jay hosts an annual Notting Hill Carnival party every year that attracts 15,000 people, he is touted as Paul Weller's favourite DJ and also played Mick Jagger's 60th birthday party. Support from DJ PC.

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

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