Niall Byrne picks the best places to spend your money this week..
Damien Dempsey Irish tour
Sunday November 23 - Monday November 24
Someone who is having a very busy Christmas period this year is the Dublin powerhouse of a man, who goes simply by Damo to those that know him. His Irish tour takes him all over the place, playing songs from his now 15-year long career. This week, it's Waterford and Galway; next week, it's Belfast, Cork and Howth. There will be two big gigs in Dublin's Vicar Street on December 19 and 20. Extra incentive? Support comes from the rapper behind one of the best Irish albums of the year, Lethal Dialect.
Flight Facilities @ Vicar Street, Dublin (€22.50)
Sunday November 30
They're not likely to dent the charts any time soon, but the fact that Australian dance duo have created a big enough reputation to fill one of the biggest venues in Dublin just tells you all you need to know about their trajectory. They released their debut album last month, Down To Earth featuring their internet-fuelled hits 'Clair De Lune' and 'Crave You', along with songs featuring Reggie Watts, Bishop Nehru and Dublin-born singer Stee Downes. This is likely to be a sell out.
Morrissey, Anna Calvi @ 3Arena, Dublin (€59.50)
Monday December 1
Every year is usually an eventful one for Steven Patrick Morrissey. 2014 followed a year in which he published his petty/insightful biography (depending on who you ask) with tumultuous news about cancelled shows (both by choice and by illness), arguments with support bands, being surplus to record label requirements and treatment for cancer.
Last week, the commotion continued when he stormed off-stage after 25 minutes in Poland when an audience member insulted him. No such chance here (the former Point Theatre is too big for such heckles to travel). This show will likely be a triumph at the end of a topsy-turvy year.
Panti - High Heels in Low Places @ Project Arts Centre, Dublin (€18-€22)
Monday December 1 - Saturday December 6
Rory O'Neill, performer and activist, has been touring his new stand-up show with an evening of "warm and wicked" tales. Panti shares stories of her brushes with infamy; near-misses with fame; trips into the seedy underbelly; taking in the Mayor of New York; Maury Povitch; Pet Shop Boys; and her faithful dog, Penny. The show is produced by THISISPOPBABY and helmed by Alice In Funderland director, Philip McMahon. Go team Panti.
Beautiful Dreamers @ Limerick City (€12-€15)
Thursday November 27 to Sunday December 7
Beautiful Dreamers bills itself as "a site-specific show by two of Ireland's leading creators of theatrical experiences and immersive art" (ANU and The Performance Corporation) and "a conversation with a city about life, and life's journey". Presented as part of the Limerick City of Culture, what that means for you is an interactive show that takes place three times a night in secret locations - some outdoors - in the city incorporating theatre, visual art, dance and an FM radio station.
Christmas on the Square @ Merrion Square, Dublin (Free)
Saturday November 29
For the third year, the Georgian doors of Merrion Square will be thrown open to host live music, markets, food and more in various buildings. A family-friendly event, which features a screening of It's A Wonderful Life and a Christmas carol performance by Tonnta, takes place in No 22; a luncheonette pop-up café takes over The Royal Society of Antiquarians of Ireland in No 63; and Irish Design Shop hosts a pop-up shop and market stalls at the Irish Architectural Archive at No 45. The day runs from 10am to 6pm.
Eglo Records night @ The Sugar Club, Dublin (€22.90)
Friday November 28
One of the best labels in the UK takes over the Leeson Street venue. Co-founders Alex Nut and recent Samhain special guest, Floating Points, will be DJ-ing on the night (check out his recent stomper of a single, 'King Bromeliad'), but the presence of Fatima, Eglo's in-house soulful singer who released one of the best albums of the year in Yellow Memories, is most anticipated, particularly with a live band around her. These are some of the best music makers in the UK right now.
Richie Egan (Jape), Hilary Woods & Bill Blood @ Debarra's, Clonakilty, Cork (€10)
Sunday December 21
Focusing on the lo-fi elements of the musicians in question, this night features folk sets from Jape's Richie Egan in solo form, an instrumental guitar set from his Redneck Manifesto cohort Bill Blood and former JJ72 bassist turned ethereal music practitioner, Hilary Woods.
Neil Delamere Irish tour
Saturday November 29 - Saturday March 28
Not content with delving into the background of Irish historical figures like Cuchulainn and Grainne Mhaol, for TV next month, Delamere is prepping a new stand-up show called The Fresh Prince of Delamere.
It kicks off in O'Keefe's, Clonmel, this Saturday and goes nationwide until March.