What’s the craic for the weekend: 21.12


Patrick Topping – At District 8


Are you looking to dance your socks off this Friday? Patrick Topping will be playing the best of his electronic music at District 8.

In a short space of time, Patrick Topping has been mixing it with the top tier of dance music. Part of the new wave of electronic music producers coming from the north of England, he is a pioneering force for a generation of upcoming artists, reflected in recently being voted 11th in Resident Advisors Top100 DJ’s of 2016 and picked as 15th by Mixmag.

Listen to Patrick Topping’s music here!

Friday (22.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €25

District 8 – 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8

The Magician – At District 8


Stephen Fasano aka The Magician returns to District 8 after an incredible sell out show almost 2 years ago! Renowned for his huge hit Sunlight as well as massive remixes of Lykki Li and Clean Bandit amongst others, the Belgian producer has been on a roll of late. He’s also one of the most enjoyable DJ’s you’ll see, as anyone who attended his performance at this year’s Electric Picnic will attest to.

Check out The Magician’s music here!

Thursday (21.12) – from 10:00 pm

Tickets: €22.50 (on the door)

District 8 – 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Sunil Sharpe – 6 Hour Set at District 8


Sunil Sharpe will be playing a 6 hour set at District 8 this Saturday! Sunil Sharpe is one of Europe’s most renowned and well-loved techno DJs. Gaining an enviable reputation for his DJing in the early ’00s, he was soon invited to play at Berlin’s Tresor Club, marking the start of an intensive involvement in the techno scene. Sunil has played extensively around Europe at the likes of Berghain, Fabric, Concrete, Sub Club, Glastonbury Festival and much more.

Get ready to keep moving all night long!

Check out Sunil Sharpe’s music here!

Saturday (23.12) – from 9:00 pm

Tickets: €15 Book here

District 8 – 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Daft Punk Tribute – At The Sugar Club


After ripping it up in Beijing, Berlin, Romania, France this incredible tribute act are performing in Dublin’s legendary The Sugar Club.

After 20 years, the world has finally caught up with Daft Punk, the illusive helmet-clad retro-futurists with whom the world has become so familial. Their infectious dance music, up-beat rhythmic vibe, robotic counterparts and truly epic live shows have been the staple diet of some the biggest and most well-renowned festivals since the release of their revolutionary debut album Alive in 1997.

Saturday (23.12) – from 10:00 pm

Tickets: €15 Book here

The Sugar Club – 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Horse Meat Disco – At Wigwam


Horse Meat Disco are coming to Wigwam this Friday.  The obscenely funky and  highly acclaimed DJ crew are often found spinning rare disco gems in a New York loft party or Berlin basement session. Essentially, if you dig disco, you’ll dig HMD and their encyclopedic knowledge of funk and disco. These guys know how to host a mad one.

Friday (22.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €15 / €18 Book here

Wigwam – 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Daithí – At Button Factory


If you’re kicking off your weekend on Thursday and would like to go out and dance, you should know that Daithí is bringing his electronic music to Button Factory.

Obsessed with Irish culture, Daithí has made a name for himself across the country for his unique live electronic fiddle sets. Since the start of his career, Daithí has been known as an Irish fiddle player using electronics to boost traditional Irish music into something unique and different. Before even releasing a record, Daithí was supporting Santigold, The XX, Macklemore and DJ Shadow on Irish dates across the country. 

Check out Daithí’s music here!

Thursday (21.12) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €10.57 Book here

Button Factory – Temple Lane South 19, Dublin 2

Shenanigans at South William w/ George Feely – Free Party


This Saturday the DJ George Feely will keep you dancing right through the night at South William with a unique and incredible selection of house, disco, funk, soul, techno, and everything in between. 

With the intimate environment of the venue, matched with its great drink deals, South William is now a place to go for some Saturday Shenanigans!

Saturday (23.12) – from 9:00 pm

Free entry

The South William – 52 South William Street, Dublin 2


The Strypes – At Whelan’s


The rock band The Strypes will be performing shows on Thursday and Friday at Whelan’s, in the afternoon and at night. The Cavan four-piece who have won admirers such as Elton John and Dave Grohl, released their third album Spitting Image this year, which showed the maturity of their music at the moment.

Thursday (21.12) and Friday (22.12) – 2:00 pm / 8:00 pm

Tickets: €15 / €30 Book here

Whelan’s – 25 Wexford St, Dublin 1

Loah – At Marrowbone Books


The very talented Loah will be performing an intimate gig at Marrowbone Books this Thursday.

Loah is an artist of Irish / Sierra Leonean origin who grew up between Ireland and West Africa. She’s embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of genre-bending Afro-soul which she calls “ArtSoul”. In what has been a phenomenal first couple of years in action, she has released four stunning singles/videos (“Nothing” from the EP This Heart, “The Bailey”, “Cortege” and “Take It” with Irish producer Bantum) and co-written with Hozier “Someone New” among others. She’s sold out numerous headline shows in Dublin and abroad and has appeared at various festivals.

I’ve seen Loah playing live and she’s just beautiful!

Thursday (21.12) – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Free entry

Marrowbone Books – 78 The Coombe, Dublin, Ireland 8

Rockstar Karaoke Christmas Party – At Sin É


Sing on stage with a full backing band this Thursday and be the star of the show! Unleash your inner rock star and shine on stage like you’ve never done before. No experience necessary, the goal is to get you on stage and shake away your worries to allow your true confidence to come out.

Lyrics will be displayed on a screen for you on the night. They will also have a costume and makeup team to make you look the part. An audio and video team will be at your service to record your performance so you can share it with the world.

We recommend to sign up by messaging the Sin É page as places are limited.

Thursday (21.12) – 8:00 pm

Free entry

Sin É Dublin – 14-15 Upper Ormond Quay Co. Dublin 1

Imelda May – At 3Arena


Imelda May is performing at 3Arena this Friday. Born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, Imelda May has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated female artists. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson. Her previous album ‘Tribal’ debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK.

Imelda released the empowering video for new single Should’ve Been You, which has received huge coverage online particularly in regards to the women’s rights issues it draws attention to.

Friday (22.12) – 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Tickets: from €46 Book here

3arena – N Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1

Yankari – At Sin É


Yankari will bring their energetic music to Sin É this Friday.  The band aspire to advance the original Afrobeat genre by incorporating contemporary sounds, such as, jazz, funk, dance, rock-and-roll whilst keeping the traditional groove elements of Afrobeat.

Yankari founding members, brothers Segun and Michael Akano along with Uché Gabriel Akujobi, are originally from Nigeria and came together in Dublin while playing at various gigs around the city. Gradually through the love of music and rhythms from their Yoruba and Igbo cultures they created the groovy and energetic sound that is reminiscent of the Afrobeat greats of the 60’s and 70’s but with a modern twist. 

Check out Yankari’s music here!

Friday (22.12) – 9:00 pm

Free entry

Sin É – 14-15 Upper Ormond Quay Co. Dublin 1


The Sound of Music – At the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre


Bill Kenwright’s production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, will play this Christmas season at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre until Saturday 6 January 2018.

The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’.

Thursday (21.12) to Saturday (06.01) – 2:30 pm / 7:30 pm

Tickets: from €21 Book here

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre – Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2

Rapunzel Pantomime – At Gaiety Theatre


Get tangled up with laughter at this year’s Gaiety Panto, Rapunzel. Let down your hair and join us as the Gaiety Panto give this marvelous tangled tale its magical, lavish and fun-loving touch. A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans – hair, there and everywhere! 

Thursday (21.12) to Sunday (21.01)  

Tickets: From €19.50 Book here

Gaiety Theatre – South King St, Dublin 2

Battle Of The Axe


Thursday nights Battle Of The Axe features some of the best Stand-up Comedy, improv and sketch performances to be seen in Dublin. 

The gig is one of Ireland’s longest established clubs and continues to feature impromptu guest performances from established luminaries from the International and Irish Comedy Circuit. If your idea of a good night out is to experience the perfect pint in a quintessentially intimate Dublin pub while being entertained by some of the best new and established talent the Nation has to offer drop in to Battle of the Axe at The Ha’Penny Bridge Inn.

Thursday (21.12) – 7:30 pm

Tickets €5 / €8

Ha’penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar


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 (21.12) 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 (21.12) 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


 Après Village


Après Village is a place for all the family to get into the Christmas spirit. Wander through the Après Village to sip mulled wine, select beautiful handmade gifts and enjoy festive treats. See magical Christmas shows with all the family, sing-a-long with the winter choir and pick up some treats in pop-up market stalls.

This will be the last weekend of the market!

Thursday (21.12) to Saturday (23.12) – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Free entry

CHQ – Georges Dock, Dublin, County Dublin 1

Fusion Winter Night Market


Fusion Winter Night Market is presenting once more stalls from around the world, artisan food vendors, pop-up workshops, live music, dance performances and a family friendly atmosphere.

Try some different food and find that nice handmade Christmas present!

Friday (22.12) – 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Free entry – (free parking and wheelchair access)

Fusion Sundays – The Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

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 (23.12) – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Free entry

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

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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