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10 DAYS In Dublin

10 DAYS In Dublin is fast becoming one of our favourite yearly festivals.

It is packed with alternative and quirky films, performances and strange arts installations. This year everything kicks off on July 4 and there are plenty of great acts in store. But we're particularly excited about Wildebeest Theatre Company's staging of Tan.

The play focuses on two BFFs, Aisling and Siobhan, preparing for a night on the town. The two girls chat about getting the shift, bitch and slapping on the fake bake. Tan runs July 9–13 in the Theatre Upstairs.


SYNTHPOP band and Kids singers MGMT have announced a UK and Ireland tour this coming October.

The Connecticut duo will perform at the Olympia Theatre on Saturday October 19. The double Grammy-nominated act will perform hits from their albums Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations.

And there will be some tracks from their upcoming album – which will be released later this summer.

Second album Congratulations was a bit of a flop, but the lads know how to put on a good show and are well worth checking out. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

PIPE-SMOKING comedian Andrew Maxwell is known for his somewhat affected comedy musings.

While he may not be to everyone's taste, the Dublin stand-up has been seriously successful in recent years appearing regularly on UK comedy panel shows such as John Bishop's Only Joking and BBC Live at The Apollo.

This Friday, he performs at the Pavilion Theatre.

PAINT the town blue!

This Saturday is global Smurf Day and to celebrate the day, as well as the upcoming release of the new Smurf movie, Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge will be transformed into a blue vision with bunches of blue flowers decorating the landmark.

Papa Smurf and Smurfette will also make an appearance and in Stephen's Green and there will be Smurf- inspired activities taking place – expect lots of blue faces.