Where to go: Festivals, clubs and family-friendly events
The best festivals, events and club nights on this week...
The Jesus And Mary Chain @ Vicar Street, Dublin (€30)
Thursday July 31
A rare chance to catch the Scottish rock legends at a gig they called "secret" when it was announced last week for the 1500-capacity venue. Fat chance. Of course, it is however, a chance to see the band perform a rehearsal show for their upcoming Psychocandy world tour before the seminal album celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Le Cheile Music & Arts Festival @ Oldcastle, Co. Meath (€10 up)
Thursday July 31 - Monday August 4
Taking place around the town of Oldcastle this bank holiday weekend, Le Cheile is a non-profit festival featuring seven stages of music with performers like Gavin James, Corner Boy, Heathers, Ryan Sheridan, The Riptide Movement and more along side an arts schedule that includes drama, kids entertainment workshops and talks. Gig prices vary from €10 - €20. www.lecheile.com
Castlepalooza Festival @ Tullamore, Co. Offaly (€129)
Friday August 1 - Sunday August 3
If it's a discerning mix of cutting edge indie and electronic music and a unique site (a haunted castle hello?) housing a genuinely intimate amount of people, then the Charleville Castle festival is for you. Pick of the music this year are Peterson, Summer Camp, We Cut Corners and Onra. www.castlepalooza.com
Indiependence Festival @ Deer Park, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork (€109)
Friday August 1 - Sunday August 3
While indie is at the heart of this festival, there's still room in the field for a lot of dance, pop and rock acts. This year, the festival has some big names: Public Enemy, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Hozier and a healthy array of upcoming Irish talent like Lisa O'Neill and Tvvins. A Saturday day ticket is €49. www.indiependencefestival.com
Summer Shindig @ Roisin Dubh, Galway (Free)
Friday August 1
The Dubh always puts on a good free spread and their summer party is an excuse to catch some of the best in new Irish indie and rock music including Squarehead, Dott, Boyfights, Axis Of, Women's Christmas, Spies, Paddy Hanna, Daithí, Sisters and I'm Your Vinyl.
Disney's Aladdin Jr. @ The Helix, DCU, Dublin (€15)
Wednesday August 6 - Saturday August 9
An amateur musical production by Sean Gilligan Productions, Aladdin Jr. features Donal Brennan in the title role, Amy Fidgeon as Jasmine, Jafar played by Gilligan and the Genie played by Joe Conlan. The cast also includes children from the Aladdin Summer Camp.
Kid Zone @ Southern Seafront, Bray (Free)
Until Monday August 4
The last week of the kid zone as part of the Bray Summerfest festival features inflatables, floating Zorb balls, jungle gyms and other apparatuses to really tire out those kiddies.
The Zoo Story @ Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin (€13)
Today until Saturday August 2
Playwright Edward Albee would go on to write Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But four years before he would debut with this play, centred around two strangers who meet in Central Park in New York. This production is directed by David Butler.
Ballyshannon Folk Festival @ Co. Donegal (€Various)
Thursday July 31 - Sunday August 3
Now in its 37th year, Ballyshannon will host individual gigs from Paul Brady, Tupelo, De Dannan & Eleanor Shanley as well as street entertainment, workshops, free open air concerts, storytelling, markets, barndances and ceilís - something for everyone. Up ya boya. www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com
Dublin City Block Party @ The Tivoli, Dublin (€40)
Sunday August 3
Three of Dublin's dance promoters get together (Bodytonic, Archetype and Hidden Agenda) to put on an old-fashioned block party in the grounds of the Tivoli on Francis Street with music indoors from influential international names DJ Harvey, Daphni and Kerri Chandler, and a full setup of activities and amenities outside like ping-pong, a craft beer bar, local food stalls and the Big Blue Bus. There's also an R Kelly tribute act and DJ sets from Kormac and Subject. From 1pm until 11pm.