Things to do in Dublin this week (29-07-13 to 04-08-13)


This week we’re hitting the August Bank Holiday weekend, with  Oxygen 2013 among other events. Oxygen has a heavy emphasis on dance music this year, with names such as David Guetta and Calvin Harris leading the line. There’s also the boutique festival in the Big House (Cellbridge), which has the excellent Farm among others. Indiependence Festival and Castlepalooza also kick off, for a full weekend stuffed with festivals! So, what about things actually happening in Dublin then, I hear you scream? Well, see below…


To be captioned by Picture Desk

This week is the first chance to see Major Barbara in the Abbey, along with The Friends of Jack Kairo in the New theatre.

Previews of Major Barbara starts at the Abbey Theatre on 31st July.

A Streetcar named Desire is at the Gate (it’s top notch, our review is here)

Foreign Bodies is in the Project’s Cube today (until August 3rd).

 ‘The Friends of Jack Kairo’ is  at the New Theatre.

Riverdance (June 27th – 1st Sept) is at the Gaiety Theatre

Distance from the event and Wheelchair on my Face are at the Civic Theatre. Our reivew of Wheelchair.. is here.

Shush is at the Pavillion (our review is here)

Last Train from Holyhead is at the Viking Theatre until Aug 3rd.


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The Lighthouse continues its Ennio Morricone season, with The Mission on Wednesday the 31st

Eye to eye is at the IFI, which is a look at cinematography in cinema. This week there’s The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

There’s also the Gaze gay film festival in the Lighthouse Cinema for the full of the Bank Holiday Weekend.



This is the week of the festivals with Oxygen, Indiependence Festival and Castlepalooza. It could be a bit crazy. Blur, Hot 8 Brass Band and Seamus Fogarty would be my top picks of the other events around Dublin.

Mon 29 Jul

Skipper’s Alley – Whelans

Tue 30 Jul

Ben Caplan – Whelans

Toots and The Maytals – The Button Factory

The Yips – Whelans

Wed 31 Jul

Seamus Fogarty – Whelans

Thu 01 Aug

Blur – Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Paul Brady – NCH

Sisters – Odessa Club

Fri 02 Aug

Oxygen 2013

Castlepalooza 2013

Indiependence Festival 2013

Hot 8 Brass Band – The Sugar Club

Paul Brady – NCH

Protobaby – Whelans

The Joshua Tree – The Button Factory

The Silhouettes – The Olympia Theatre

Chewing on Tinfoil – The Workman’s Club

Bad Manners – The Village

Just No – Whelans

Sat 03 Aug

Oxygen 2013

Indiependence Festival 2013

Castlepalooza 2013

The Mighty Stef – Whelans

The Silhouettes – The Olympia Theatre

Sun 04 Aug

Oxygen 2013

Indiependence Festival 2013

Castlepalooza 2013

Derrick May – Twisted Pepper

The Silhouettes – The Olympia Theatre

Talks/ Lectures

Roddy Doyle will be at Hodges Figgis on Thursday the 1st of August at 6.30.

How nice it is just to be Irish: President Kennedy’s trip home (31/7/2013) –– Wed 31 July, 1pm – 1.30pm

Science Gallery Members Garage Sale – Science Gallery – Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00



Secretion by Willie Doherty is at IMMA (Image above) until 1st September at IMMA @ NCH Annex.

183rd RHA Annual Exhibition runs from 28 May-17 Aug, 2013. It always feels like summer to me when this exhibition opens! It’s well worth a look, and a great snap shot of art in Ireland.

I knOw yoU–  IMMA Earlsfort Terrace – 19 April – 1st Sept 2013 – “I knOw yoU is a dynamic exhibition by a new generation of young European artists” or so says the blurb on the new exhibition in IMMA @ NCH (Earlsfort Terrace). It features the work of over 50 artists, so should be something for everyone! Quite looking forward to this one, Tino Sehgal also continues in the same venue.

Douglas HydeGallery 1 – Eoin Mc Hugh (image above)- Augury, Gallery 2 – Frank Walter

Masterpieces of the Collection and Shades of Grey  are at the National Gallery until September.

Chester Beatty – The Paintings is at the Chester Beatty (until Aug 31st)

Private Galleries:


The Summer Show is at the Peppercanister Gallery.

Liam Gillick’s ‘For the doors that are welded shut’ (image above) is at the Kerlin.

Oliver Sears – between shows.

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery  between shows.

Mary Rose Binchy is at the Cross Gallery until August 3rd.

Here are some of the bands features above:

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