What’s the craic for the weekend: 14.12


The Beast – The world’s biggest inflatable


The world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course is coming to Dublin this weekend!

At an unbelievable 272m long, The Beast is the ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults. Run, bounce and dance your way around the phenomenal 32 obstacles.

There will also be a Christmas market, whiskey tasting, craft beer and live DJs!

Friday (15.12) to Sunday (17.12)

Tickets: €15 / €20 – Book here

National Basketball Arena – Tymon Park, Tallaght 24

Après Dublin


Take a break from working hard and go off-piste to what will be the best Christmas event this year. Ireland’s first-of-its-kind Christmas party venue will bring all the fun of the lively Après scene direct to Dublin. Unwind and party hard in a celebration that will get you fully into the spirit of Christmas.

Expect: Full band and DJ every evening, family fun during the day, a wide selection of street feast food and Aprés Ski themed activities for all.

Fancy dress encouraged!

Thursday (14.12) to Saturday (23.12)

Tickets: €15 Book here 

CHQ – Georges Dock, Dublin, County Dublin 1

Wild Lights – At Dublin Zoo


Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where attendees will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife.

Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more!

Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft market, all in one unforgettable setting. There will also be a selection of Chinese foods and warm drinks available for visitors to purchase.

Thursday (14.12) to Sunday (07.01) – from 5 – 9 pm (last entry to the event is strictly 8 pm).

Tickets: €15 / €20 Book here 

Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park


Alan Fitzpatrick – At District 8


If you’re looking for a party to dance to this Saturday then you should know that Alan Fitzpatrick is coming to District 8. He is taking the Techno Scene by storm at the moment. After his first label release “We Do What We Want” featured on the Fabric 87′ Compilation it quickly became the most played dance track of 2016 positioning him as one of the most influential artists of the year.

Listen to Alan Fitzpatrick’s music here!

Saturday (16.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €25 Book here

District 8 – 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8

 Steffi – At Pygmalion


This Friday Pygmalion will receive Steffi  who is a key figure in the realms of contemporary electronic music. A resident at Panorama Bar, and a respected producer and label owner, her work embraces underground electronic culture in its many forms.

Friday (15.12) – from 6:00 pm

Tickets: €10 Book here

Pygmalion – Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2

Sasha – At The Button Factory


Dance your socks off with Sasha this Saturday at Button Factory. Grammy Award nominee, four-time International Dance Music Award winner and four-time DJ Mag award winner, the legendary Sasha is a man who needs no introduction. The DJ/producer/remixer is recognized as one of the worlds’ most innovative icons of the electronic genre.

Listen to Sasha’s music here!

Saturday (16.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €20 Book here

Button Factory – Temple Lane South 19, Dublin 2

Sidney Charles & Sante (Avotre showcase) – At Button Factory


Sidney Charles & Sante come to Dublin to bring you the best in Tech house and Techno for Sante’s Avotre Label showcase at Button Factory. Don’t miss 2 of the most in demand DJs right now for a night of upfront and forward thinking music.

Friday (15.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €13 / €17 / €20 Book here

Button Factory – Temple Lane South 19, Dublin 2

D. Carbone and Myler – At Hangar


This Friday, Hangar will be hosting a night full of techno, visual, strobe ad laser with with D. Carbone, Myler and the techno collective Lumen. This is another option for those of you who want to kick off your weekend by loosing yourself to dance.

Friday (15.12) – from 10:30 pm

Tickets: €12 / €15 Book here

Hangar – Andrews Lane, Dublin 2

The Lumo Club Christmas Party w/ All Tvvins DJ set


Lumo Club is celebrating Christmas at Yamamori Tengu this Friday with their residents Nialler9, Gavin Elsted and Simon Roche  playing all-night with All Tvvins DJ set and guests.

Get ready to dance all night long!

Friday (15.12) – from 10:30 pm

Tickets: €7 Book here

Yamamori Tengu – 38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Blackrock, Dublin 1

 Sensient – Live At On The Rox


This will be a night full of psychedelic deliciousness. For the first time in Dublin, On the Rox is presenting live set of Sensient (Zenon records). Sensient’s music is deep, intelligent, progressive and absorbs the influence of many other musical styles (minimal, techno, breaks, glitch, jazz fusion).

In 2003 Sensient created Zenon Records which has now developed into one of the world’s best and most respected psytrance labels.

Friday (15.12) – from 9:00 pm

Tickets: €20 Book here

On The Rox – 2 Coke Lane, Dublin 2


Neighbourhood Watch – A night of live homegrown hip hop – At Grand Social


On Friday, The Grand Social will play host to a selection of some the best hip hop artists in the country. 

Headlining the evening is rapper Luka Palm. He burst into the consciousness of Irish hip hop fans with ‘Pink Lady’ in 2015 and he’s become a favourite at District HQ since.

You will also see District Recordings crew collective NUXSENSE bringing their trademark energy to the party, two of the best voices from Lemon Pie Records Aggy Aoi & Baz Manson and DonKobz and Alfie South.

The night will kick off at 7 pm with Marcus Woods spinning tunes, followed by Sick Nanley, one of the most promising MCs knocking around, performing live too.

Friday (15.12) – 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Tickets: €5 Book here

The Grand Social – 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1

Disco é Cultura w/ DJ SoFa – At The Bernard Shaw


It’s time for the annual Disco é Cultura Christmas party in the Bernard Shaw and this year they’ve got their amigo, DJ SoFa over from Brussels to help them celebrate. Chris Sofa has an extraordinary record collection with amazing music from all over the globe and they’re very much looking forward to hearing what he packs for this trip to the backyard of the Bernard Shaw. Jeremy Murphy and mick t-woc will be in full festival form, playing records, drinking pints with their usual smiley happy faces, delighted.

As usual, the party will be kicking off at 4 pm and running till 10 pm, with Pizza from The Big Blue Bus all day. More food will available from next doors Eat Yard!

Sunday (17.12) – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Free entry

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

Grunge Against The Machine – A Grunge Night at Fibber Magees


How about having a grunge night this Sunday? Grunge Against The Machine will be at Fibber Magees playing Grunge and Alternative favourites from bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters and Stone Temple Pilots.

Sunday (17.12) – 10:00 pm to 1:00 am

Free entry

Fibber Magees – 80-81 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Otherkin | Wounds –  At The Button Factory


This Friday the bands Otherkin and Wounds will be performing at The Button Factory.

Fresh from entering the Irish album charts at #2 with their debut “OK” long player, Irish garage-rockers Otherkin will play a very special show at The Button Factory this Friday to round out their mammoth 3 month album tour. The band have opened for Guns ‘N’ Roses at the legendary Slane Castle, made their Download debut at Castle Donington and kept the Otherkin flame burning in Holland and France, Reading & Leeds & Electric Picnic. 

WOUNDS have 2018 in its sights for many a new release. The first of which is the eye-catching, sonically abrasive video for the track ‘Flesh Or The Knife’. Produced by James Darkin (R.S.A.G., Jerry Fish, Wounds, Come On Live Long) and Mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers…)

Friday (15.12) – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Tickets: €15.35 Book here

Button Factory – Temple Lane South 19, Dublin


Foil, Arms and Hog – At Vicar Street


Up for more laughter this weekend? Check this out! Ireland’s top comedy sketch group Foil Arms and Hog will be performing at Vicar Street this Saturday.

The Irish sketch group formed by Sean Finegan, Conor McKenna and Sean Flanagan perform on TV, radio, the stage and YouTube. They work out of an office in Dublin where they write, film and edit their own sketches for their YouTube channel. However, it’s Foil, Arms and Hog’s live show that has really made them a favourite.

Some of their more successful sketches are ‘How to Speak Dublin‘, ‘A Kerryman gives Directions‘ and ‘The Ryanair Song’.

Saturday (16.12) –  from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Tickets: €28 Book here

Vicar Street – 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

The Dublin Comic Arts Festival


Discover small press comics in Ireland! DCAF celebrates their fourth event of the year with a Christmas Market at Token restaurant/arcade. Meet local creators, celebrate the spectrum of Irish sequential art and play some vintage video games!

DCAF also invites special guest Tara O’Connor to talk with Liam Geraghty about her new books Roots and The Altered History of Willow Sparks.

Workshops and talks by The Comics Lab.

Sunday (17.12) – from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free entry

Token – Dublin – 72-74 Queen Street, Dublin 7

Home Alone – At The Sugar Club


There will be a very special screening of the Christmas holiday season classic adventure-comedy “Home Alone” at the Sugar Club. Invite a friend and a family member to what is always a very special occasion at the venue. Expect Christmas themed cocktails, thin based pizzas being served via table service throughout the movie and a whole host of fantastic craft beers and pints on draft.

Sunday (17.12) – 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Tickets: €12.50 Book here

The Sugar Club – 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2


Christmas Market – At The George


This is quaint market, not too big, but charming and with interesting stuff. You will find things like fashion, home decor, vintage, jewelry, arts. The bar will be open and there will be music as well.

Saturday (16.12) – 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

Free Admission

The George Bar – 89 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

Christmas Season Market – At The Grand Social


Get your unique Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, Christmas party frocks and accessories, all under one roof at The Grand Social.  The bar will be open and you will also find mulled wine and great music!

Saturday (16.12) – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Free entry

The Grand Social – 35 Lower Liffey St, Dublin, Ireland 1

Dublin Night Market


The last Dublin Night Market before Christmas will take place this Friday at Newmarket Square, Dublin 8. Get a Christmas gift, drink some mulled wine and get into the xmas mood!

Friday (15.12) – 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Free entry

The New Market Collective – Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

MART Green Christmas Market


Now in its fifth year, The MART Gallery has teamed up with Eastern Midlands Regional Waste Management Office [EMRWMO] to host Ireland’s largest green creative Christmas Market with vendors selling art, design, craft, knits/fashion, and jewelry, all from reused / recycled materials along with businesses promoting the sharing economy.

Housed in a beautifully re-purposed fire station on the high street in Rathmines, the market will showcase a wide range of hand-made, locally produced items – perfect for Christmas gifts, or as a present to treat yourself!

Thursday (14.12) to Sunday (17.12) – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Free entry

MART – 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin






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