What’s the craic for the weekend: 25.05


Life Festival


Life Festival is back this summer for another weekend of sun soaked beats at the lakeside castle, provided by great electronic artists.
This year good vibe seekers will gather to celebrate the beginning of the summer at Life Festival from Friday to Sunday.
The event presents a vibrant range of cutting-edge music, visual and traditional arts, workshops and performances through a camping based three day weekend of celebration.
The stunning location, the amazing sound systems, the decoration, the entire flair and last but not least the live bands, live sets and DJs will guarantee a stunning and beautiful experience. The innovative line-up blends live bands and alternative electronic acts promoting both national and international. Music policy will stage Psytrance, Progressive, Dub, Breaks, Reggae, Drum & Bass, World Music, Electronica and Minimal Techno.
Check out the line up here!
Friday (26.05) to Sunday (28.05)
Tickets: €159 Book here
Belvedere House Gardens & Park – Belvedere, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland


Guns N’ Roses: Not In This Lifetime Tour


The amazing Guns N’ Roses, featuring Axl Rose, will headline a concert at Meath’s Slane Castle this Saturday on their Not in This Lifetime Tour. It’s almost 25 years since the band last played in Slane Castle. For the big fans of the band this will be a day to remember!

Saturday (27.05) – 2:00 pm

Tickets: €149.50 Book here

Slane Castle, Co. Meath

Disco É Cultura – At The Bernard Shaw


Disco É Cultura are back for a summer of monthly sessions in the backyard of The Bernard Shaw. They have a lovely summer programme lined up of guests and pretty exciting events but we ease back into the programme with their two selectors mick t-woc & Jeremy Murphy doing what they do best, mixing up dat afro-latin-caribbean-brazilian wax for the day.

They kick off at 4 pm running till 8 pm in the yard, then inside for last couple hours till 10 pm.

Sunday (28.05) – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Free admission

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

I Heart Rumours – At Opium Rooms


The I Heart Houseband, along with some unbelievable guest singers, will perform the Rumours album in full followed by a selection of Mac classics from all aspects of their amazing career.

Proceeds raised will go towards UCDVO who are sending volunteer nurses and medical students to Uganda to provide aid and assistance in the Kisiizi hospitalin South West Uganda.

Saturday (27.05) – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Tickets: €15 Book here

Opium Rooms – 26 Wexford Street, Dublin

Emma Blackery – At The Button Factory


The YouTube sensation Emma Blackery returns with brand new EP ‘Magnetised’ and an 8 date tour around the UK and Ireland, culminating with her biggest headline show to date at London’s iconic O2 Empire Shepherds Bush. She makes her hotly anticipated Irish debut at the Button Factory on Saturday.

Self-taught musician Emma has always had musical ambitions – having created a YouTube channel to get her music heard she now enjoys over 1.3 million subscribers, and has had more than 140 million views to date.

Saturday (27.05) – 8:00 pm

Tickets: €17 Book here

Button Factory – Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Jesse John Heffernan single launch “Don’t Leave Me Like That”


The very talented musician, Jesse John Heffernan, and his 10 piece band will perform music from the upcoming album “Late Night Attention” and launch their first single “Don’t Leave Me Like That”, this Friday at The Sugar Club.

Jesse John Heffernan is a Dublin based singer/songwriter whose unique and uncompromising sound is set to make its mark on the industry.

Inspired by legends like Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, Jesse John’s love of lyrics and songwriting, mixed with his natural inner beat developed from his time drumming in school, is all delivered through a soulful vocal that grew roots as a young man singing for Irish group The Animators and during his time studying at the BIMM college.

If, like me, you love discovering new local talents then you can’t miss this! I know I won’t.

Listen to “Don’t Leave Me Like That” here!

Friday (26.05) – 8:00 pm

Tickets: €10 / €12 Book here

The Sugar Club – 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

The Solely Blues Club (Free) – At Arthur’s Pub


This is for the Blues lovers! A night of pre 1960 acoustic blues hosted by Slidin PK plus a variety of musicians at the Arthur’s Pub this Saturday.

Saturday (27.05) – from 9:00 pm

Free admission

Arthur’s Pub – 28 Thomas St, Dublin 8

Nasty Women – At The Workman’s Club


Nasty Women is a night of live music inspired by 19 year-old Nina Donovan’s powerful spoken word piece/poem. Tired of racism, homophobia, sexism, fraud, ignorance, misogyny and blatant disrespect aimed at women in her America.

Donovan’s poem ‘Nasty Women’ was then performed as a speech at the Women’s March in Washington by Ashley Judd as a stamp of resistance against the new leader of their country. Now they are bringing it all the way from Washington DC to The Workman’s Club stage and they expect all you nasties to come make some noise.

Line up: Pillow QueensNaoise RooMaija SofiaMolly Sterling

All funds from the night going towards ROSA – for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity

Sunday (28.05): 7:00 pm to 10:45 pm

Tickets: €10 Book here

The Workman’s Club – 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

An Evening with Brazilian Sounds


Do you want to go easy this Saturday? How about chilling out with some high quality Brazilian music? The duo Glauber (guitar) and Pedro (cajon) will be playing the best of Bossa Nova and Brazilian Samba/Rock from 6:30 pm at the Art Cafe Dublin.

Bring your bottle, have a pizza and enjoy some good live music!

Promos: 5 to open your bottle of wine and beer for 1.50

Saturday (27.05) – from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Free admission

Art Café Dublin – 1 Frenchmans Lane, Dublin


Future Proof #3 – Ailbhe Reddy / Le Boom / Soulé


HomeBeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers proudly continue Future Proof – a series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.

Future Proof #3 returns to the warm surroundings of Bello bar and features three of the most vibrant acts performing on these shores at this moment:

Ailbhe Reddy – Indie folk songstress who is seriously on the rise.

LE BOOM – Catchy and energetic electro pop duo.

SOULÉ – Fast emerging nu-soul talent.

Thursday (25.05) – from 8:00 pm

Tickets: €10 Book here

Bello Bar – 1 Portabello Harbour, Dublin 8

Lumo Club #20: Beastie Boys Appreciation night


Lumo May edition marks the 5 year passing of Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys with an entire room dedicated to the band featuring Beastie’s hits, deep cuts, samples and videos all night with CF Meister and Nialler9. Lumo will donate a portion of this night’s sales to the Irish Cancer Society.

Saturday (27.05) – from 10:30 pm

Tickets: €5 Book here

Tengu Yamamori – Ormond Quay, Dublin (back entrance)

All Collectives Opium Closing Party


This is the last collectives party in Opium Rooms before the massive revamp and reopening later in the year with all the collectives that helped to build this special venue.

Sets From: Hidden Agenda DJs, EVE, Bedlam Events DJs, Hidden FluxStrictly DeepSouthpawBookclub DJs, Techno & Cans DJs, Melodic DJs, Paradox Events DJs and
MoodyBeats Ireland.

Friday (26.05) – from 11:00 pm

Comment “OPIUM COLLECTIVES FINAL CLOSING PARTY” on the Facebook event page, click “Going” and tag a friend. First 100 get free list and the rest are added to the concession list on the night.

Opium Rooms – 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Rahaan – At Pygmalion (Pyg Sundays)


Rahaan is the DJ who will be making the party at Pygmalion this Sunday. Rahaan has been laying down sets spanning everything from jacking house, deep disco, boogie and funk since the 80`s. From underground basement parties on the south side of Chicago, to playing at big nights in the UK, Europe and Japan, his skill and energy behind the decks has brought him out from the Chicago underground and onto the world stage, gaining him a cult following.

Listen to Rahaan’s music here!

Support from Colin Perkins & Calum Kennedy

Promo: 40% off all drinks and Two for One Pygtails

Sunday (28.05) – from 6:00 pm

Tickets: €10 Book here

Pygmalion – Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2

The Early Shift // 7AM


If you are not going to the Life Festival this weekend but would love to have a daytime party, you should know that the Early Shift party is back this Saturday from 7 am.

Whether you go out on Friday night and want to keep the night going or just enjoy some house and techno in the morning, this party is for you!

Saturday (27.05) – 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Admission: €10

Ned’s Early House & Sports Bar – 44 Townsend Street, Dublin 2


D’Verse City at ILFDublin


An eclectic mix of poetry and spoken word curated by Vickey Curtis of Come Rhyme With Me. Stories and speeches, poetry and word games, rants and rages. Expect the unexpected from a host of voices worth hearing from Dublin and beyond.

Sunday (28.05) – 7:00 pm

Tickets: €5 Book here

The Liquor Rooms – 5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Dublin Dance Festival


Dublin Dance Festival is Ireland’s only international festival of contemporary dance, sharing inspirational contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland each May.

During the Festival the finest international choreographers and dance companies are programmed alongside emerging and established artists from Ireland and abroad in a variety of venues and spaces around the city. Audience members can look forward to experiencing celebrated classics and discovering the freshest talents each year through a stimulating programme of performances, outdoor events, workshops, discussions, symposia, film screenings and more.

Check out the programme here!

Thursday (18.05) to Sunday (28.05) 

Tickets: Book here – some events are free

Location: various

International Literature Festival Dublin


There are only a couple of days left at The International Literature Festival Dublin. The Festival,founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthrall. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, the International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress.

With readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performances and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, the International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that surprise and inspire.

Check out the programme here!

Saturday (20.05) to Monday (29.05)

Location: various


Bernard Shaw Flea 2nd Birthday


The Bernard Shaw Flea is celebrating its 2nd Birthday this Saturday! They will be doing some drinks giveaways and they will have some cake too. Plus the usual mish mash vintage, vinyl, collectible and craft stalls to keep you going.

Saturday (27.05) – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Free admission

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


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