What’s the craic for the weekend: 15.12

Are you in Christmas mode already and looking for some fun this weekend? Check out what’s on in town!


Haçienda Classical


Dance music and an Orchestra at the same event? Sounds amazing!

Haçienda Classical is bringing their show to 3Arena this Saturday. With a set list full of dance music classics from the heyday of Manchester’s legendary Haçienda nightclub, these hit tracks have been reinterpreted by the club’s original DJs and will be performed alongside Dublin’s own RTE Concert Orchestra, the AMC Gospel Choir and guests including New Order’s Peter Hook and Happy Mondays’ Rowetta with Graeme Park DJ’ing live during the concert.

The sound that defined dance music will be reinterpreted at the event by a full classical orchestra alongside the influential DJs and artists, as part of an innovative, live fusion event which includes Inner City, 808 State, New Order, The Brand New Heavies, A Guy Called Gerald and more.

This special Christmas show will be a once off extravaganza with the best production and design to make it a very special event for dance music and Manchester fans to experience the atmosphere of the Manchester club which came to shape a generation.

Saturday (17.12) – 6:30 pm

Tickets: €66.60 (booking fees included) Book here

3Arena – North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Enemies Final Show – Live at Vicar St


With the imminent announcement of their new album “Valuables”, Enemies will play their final & biggest headline show to date at Vicar Street on Sunday.

With a lifespan of almost ten years behind them, Wicklow 4-piece Enemies continue to surprise listeners by constantly tweaking and perfecting their own brand of intelligent, pop-infused rock. Not content to fit neatly into any particular category or sub-genre, the band are consciously evolving their sound into something that goes beyond the labels of math or post-rock.

Enemies have become synonymous with powerful live performances featuring intricate, yet melodic guitar lines played over groove-focused bass & drums.

If you like these guys you can’t miss this show!

If you don’t know the band yet, check them out!

Watch the official videos for ‘Play Fire’ and “itsallwaves”!

Sunday (18.12) – 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Tickets: €22.50 Book here

Vicar Street – 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

The Academic Live at The Button Factory


The Irish indie rock band, The Academic are playing at the Button Factory this Friday.

The four-piece, comprising of Craig Fitzgerald (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Matt Murtagh (lead guitar/backing vocals), Stephen Murtagh (bass) and Dean Gavin (drums), have been enjoying considerable domestic and international success with notable performances already at Eurosonic, The Great Escape, Benicassim as well as receiving widespread international and domestic radio support.

Nominated earlier this year for the Choice Music Prize with their debut single, ‘Different’, the band have also supported the likes of The Strokes, Noel Gallagher, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Twenty One Pilots.

Check out the band’s music here!

Friday (16.12) – from 8:00 pm

Tickets: €20 Book here

Button Factory – Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Bob Marley Tribute with Buffalo Soul (Live Band) + Dj Lex Woo


How about a reggae night this Saturday? At Tivoli Backstage, the night starts with DJ LEX WOO at the sound system control playing a blend of Afro-Jamaican beats and free flow dance grooves and after we have the live performance of the BUFFALO SOUL, the new powerful and fresh reggae band in town!

Buffalo Soul is a collective of musicians from all over the world based in Dublin, the band pays tribute to the legendary Bob Marley, the most influential Jamaican musician of all time and his timeless music.

Saturday (17.12) – from 7:30 pm

Admission: €5

Tivoli Backstage – 18/19 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Nirvana Tribute – Lounge Act – At Gypsy Rose


Lounge Act, Ireland’s tribute to Nirvana are playing the best of Nirvana at Gypsy Rose Rock and Blues Bar this Saturday, Stone Seattleitte and Buckshot Amber will be joining on the night.

  • LOUNGE ACT -The Ultimate Nirvana Experience
  • Buckshot Amber (performing their debut album)
  • Stone Seattleitte (90’s Grunge cover band)
  • D.J Sugar Tits

Saturday (17.12) – from 8:00 pm

Admission: €5

Gypsy Rose Rock and Blues Bar – 5 Aston Quay, Dublin 2

Disco É Cultura – At The Bernard Shaw


As usual The Bernard Shaw is bringing a different music experience to you. Gente! Mick t-woc & Jeremy ‘Discobar’ Murphy will be on the pickups for the night, musically journeying through South America, Brazil, West Africa & the Caribbean in the tropically heated beer garden.

Find festive drinks, delish pizza from the The Big Blue Bus and a nice spot to hang out and dance.

Sunday (18.12) –  5:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Free admission

The Bernard Shaw – 11-12 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2

Live At The Liquor Rooms VOL IX


This is the final installment of Live at The Liquor Rooms of 2016! To celebrate the fantastic year of music at the venue, they will receive the band Little One with support from the esteemed Fiona Harte.

Little One are an indie alternative group formed in Dublin. The band consists of Catherine Smyth (Vocals), Sean McManamon (Guitar, Vocals), Zach Douglas (Bass), John Sheil (Guitar), Samuel Doogan (Keys) and Rob Kennedy (Drums). Their music is comprised of a mixture of electronica, post rock, neo-soul and folk, with their influences varying from Radiohead to Elliott Smith, Alt J and Robert Glasper. The band are presently in the midst of recording their first EP and plan to launch their debut single “The Habbit” in early 2017.

Fiona Harte is a Northern Irish pop singer-songwriter who is released her debut EP in October of this year. Having worked extensively as a songwriter, collaborating with various different Irish and English artists, she has now decided to focus solely on her own material. Her influences include Lianne la Havas, Joni Mitchell and Daughter. With an EP release due in January 2017 and a tour later in the year, the future is looking bright!

Great venue, excellent live music and amazing cocktails! Sounds just perfect for a Sunday evening!

Sunday (18.12) – 8:00 pm to 11:o0 pm

Free admission

The Liquor Rooms – 5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Element X Live at On The Rox


Dublin hard rock 5-piece Element X are playing this weekend. The band have been active since early 2014. Combining different genres and influences, they are developing a broad range of originals from emotional ballads to hard-hitting metal anthems. With elements of classic rock, metal, punk, funk and grunge, they form the ultimate element in Element X.

Listen to the band here!

Support from: Just Me & The Devil – The band play old school Heavy Metal and are about to release new album, and Creep – Hard Rock/Grunge band.

Friday (16.12) – from 8:00 pm

Free admission

On The Rox – 8 Coke Lane, Dublin 2




Soulwax, comprised of David Dewaele, Stephen Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven and Bent Van Looy, are an alternative rock/electronic band from Ghent, Belgium. They were first noticed after the release of their album Much Against Everyone’s Advice, but after that the Dewaeles started focusing on their other projects such as 2ManyDJs.

Fans of quality left-of-centre rock music will know Soulwax from the above mentioned album, but there’s much more to the two brothers than meets the eye. Apart from being chairman of the Belgian Carpenters Association (Stephen) and having a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (David), they are also masters in blending the finest products of music history together into a catchy, hilarious and -above all- intriguing groove exploration (exploration doesnt work here). From politically incorrect prog-rock to funky R&B, from trendy hiptrop to banging German techno, if it gets a booty going, the Dewaele brothers have it in their record collection.

Check out 2ManyDJs music here!

Support: Marcus O’Laoire and George Feely All Night Long (garden)

Saturday (17.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: 22.50 (at the door price might go up)

Comment “2ManyDJs at Opium Rooms” on the event Facebook page, click “going” and tag a friend for you both to be added to the concession list on the night.

Opium Rooms – 26 Wexford Street, Dublin

Jackmaster, Krystal Klear, Peggy Gou & DJ Deece at District 8


Over the last five years, Jackmaster, aka Glasgow’s Jack Revill, has established himself as one of the most admired and in-demand DJs in the world. His lack of musical prejudice, an open-minded approach and ability to adapt to any given situation are just some of the reasons why, year after year, he has retained his popularity with the masses, climbing to number five in last year’s Resident Advisor DJ poll. Now Jackmaster and his Numbers crew are upping the ante with a new series of events hitting London, Glasgow, Dublin, Amsterdam, Manchester and Lisbon first.

Co-headlining with Jack in Dublin is Krystal Klear who’ll be performing a 3 hr back to back set with the man himself. And on top of all that, warming up for the duo, we’re honored to have the uniquely talented Korean DJ / Producer Peggy Gou, who isset for big things alongside our very own DJ Deece!

Listen to the Jacmaster’s tunes here!

Friday (16.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €18 Book here

District 8 – 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Boston 168 [ LIVE ]


Looking for electronic music this weekend? Boston 168 will be at the Sound House this Friday. The duo are a laboratory of sound crafting: Sergio Pace and Vincenzo Ferramosca are two electronic researchers, who have spent years working on vivisecting sound in order to create new solutions for the techno substance.

In 2010 the two young producers co-founded Old and Young label: a combination of the experience of Gambo with their fresh point of view in order to redefine the basis of techno. The two young producers start working on their live set and as a result, they irradiate with cosmic warmth the dawns in warehouses, ex-industries and clubs, taking their audience on techno voyages at traditional speed, looking for new gravity spaces and sound blackholes. Sergio Pace and Vincenzo Ferramosca’s meticolous work mixes up the acoustics of the traditional machines which made the history of techno, Roland Tr909, tr707, Moog Mother 32 and other technological hardware. The feedback of the international techno community is huge. Boston 168 publish on different labels such as Enemy, Involve, Oddeven, their live showcase travels to France, Italy and around the Europe.

Check out the Boston 168 music:

BLACK HOLE –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GARAZWhXJGo

COSMIC RADIATION –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1KLwgg8o8Y

For information on full line up on the night please go to the Facebook event.

Friday (16.12): from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €15 (at the door)

The Sound House – 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

90s Night S Club Party at The Wright Venue


If you love those 90’s parties, then this one is for you. The Wright Venue is having a night full of 90’s tunes this Friday.

Competition on Facebook page – Win VIP City Suite for + 20 & Drinks Package:
Like & Share the pinned post and tag 5 friends on the Facebook event wall!

Friday (16.12) – from 10 pm

Tickets: €10 Book here

The Wright Venue – South Quarter, Airside Retail Park Swords, Co. Dublin

Hangar Christmas Party with Altern 8


Altern-8 tunes changed the world of Rave music in 1990, influencing many artists, with their mixture of the sounds of the Roland TB-303, 808 and 909 with breakbeats and familiar samples. At the time in the UK outdoor rave events were legaland Altern-8 had a reputation for turning up to play at major unofficial events. They helped to define harder house tracks relying more heavily on bass and volume. The use of more bass and eclectic noises gradually evolved Altern-8’s music away from the earlier house music style. The duo, dressed in chemical warfare suits and dancing “like electrified monkeys”, took part in a large number of live performances.

Check out Altern 8 music:

Frequency  / E-Vapor – 8  / Infiltrate 202

Saturday (17.12) – from 10:30 pm

Tickets: €15  Book here

Hangar – Andrews Lane, Dublin

The Early Shift // 7AM Morning Party


How about getting up early on Saturday morning to… PARTY!!! Whether you’re looking for an after party for Friday night or want to start your Saturday with a dose of house and techno music, this party has all you’re looking for!

The Early Shift is a new early morning party with a simple concept: Quality house and techno. In a pub. Early in the morning.

Excited? Check out the line up:

Mark Gill (Room 19)
Colm Brophy (Subweight)
Justyna Koss

Saturday (17.12) – 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Tickets: €6 / €8 – €10 (at the door) Book here

Neds Of Townsend Street – 44 Townsend Street, Dublin


The Snowman Christmas Special


This popular show, The Snowman, returns to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra.

Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share the magic of Christmas. Featuring Walking in the Air and a selection of popular Christmas Songs, be sure to bring your jingle bells, wear your fancy dress, and make sure you book early!

Shay Byrne (RTÉ Radio 1’s Risin’ Time) will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on the big screen. This family Christmas show will also feature seasonal favourites from the talented children of several stage schools, adding to the spirit and excitement of Christmas.

Sunday (18.12) – 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Tickets: €25, €22 & €19 Book here

Group offers Family ticket 2 Adults & 2 Children: €79, €69 & €59 / Children’s conc: €19, €16 & €13 / Access Discount: €3 off

Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

The Ugly Sisters And Yer Wan ~ Dublin’s Funniest Panto


The Ugly Sisters and Yer Wan , comes to the Olympia Theatre and opens this Friday.

See comedian Al Porter, Fair City’s Ryan Andrews, Dustin the Turkey and many more!

Directed by Simon Delaney, written by Al Porter and Karl Spain and Produced by Spotlight Ireland, be sure not to miss this spectacular production.

Friday (16.12) – 6:30 pm

Tickets: €41.65 Book here

Olympia Theatre – 72 Dame Street, Dublin

The Christmas Makers Market


A Christmas Market of makers, crafters, bakers, growers & designers in the heart of Dublin City!

40 stalls including a pop up nail bar, vintage, vinyl, local design collectives, jewellery, homewares, cakes, trinkets and loads more!

Saturday (17.12) – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Chocolate Factory Dublin Creative Community – 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1

Christmas Collective Market


Urban Markets will be running their very last market of 2016 at The Grand Social & Bar Tengu on Arran Quay on Sunday! Over 60 great stalls for your last minute Christmas shopping! Both bars will be serving mulled wine, screening Christmas movies, and playing great tunes throughout the day.

Sunday (18.12) – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Liffey Street Lower, Dublin


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