Big Bang Festival of Rhythm – 29th to 31st July

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This festival is back for its 10th year and as ever, it will give you a little taste of the unknown! You can find out the full details behind the event below or on their Facebook page here.

A lot of these events are free, so you really have no excuse! Hotter Than July is the centre piece:

“A FREE family-friendly world music festival, celebrating the cultural diversity in our city, Hotter than July moves to Smithfield Square for a day packed with feel-good rhythms and infectious melodies from South America, Eastern Europe, India, West Africa and of course West Clare.”

Big Bang Festival is back for it’s 10th successive year, uniting Irish rhythm makers and rhythm lovers with the best rhythm makers worldwide.

This year’s headline act, Aziza Brahim from the Saharawi refugee camps on the borders of Western Sahara and Algeria, comes to Big Bang with her band from Barcelona, including Catalan master percussionist Aleix Tobias (Coetus). Aziza will play the Sugar Club at 8pm on Saturday 30th July, with support from Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu.

Tickets €15 from the Sugar Club


Friday night 29th July is a seminal night for Indian music in Ireland with a concert by the revered Indian Sitar player Roopa Panesar. Roopa is accompanied on tabla by Debojyoti Sanyal on tabla at Odessa at 8pm.
Tickets €12, reserve your tickets by email to;


On Sunday 31st July, festival organisers Brian Fleming and Robbie Harris, present the biggest event ‘Hotter than July’. This is in association with Improvised Music Company (IMC). World music acts take to the stage from 3pm, culminating in the Big Bang Dance Project, and a Big Bang Finale where all the drummers on the day are invited to join ‘Jiggy’ for a big percussive finale.

Sunday July 31st Smithfield 3-8pm admission free



The festival is delighted to announce that the bodhran workshop this year is led by the legendary Rónán Ó Snodaigh, a true innovator and master technician of the instrument, known to many as the front man of Kíla.

Friday 29th, 6-8pm, Waltons New School of Music, George’s St.

Tickets can be reserved in advance by email


Indian Rhythms with Debojyoti Sanyal and Matthew Noone

If you want to learn how to tell your talas from your tihais, and how to speak Indian rhythms using the Konnakol language of rhythm, then this is the workshop for you. Mattu and Debu take you on a fun and informative journey through the world of Indian rhythms. If you play an instrument bring it along, otherwise, a pair of hands will do just fine.

Saturday 30th July, 10.30am –12 noon, Dance House.

Tickets €10


Sean Nós Dance with Edwina Guckiam

As one of the leading lights in the resurgence of ‘Sean Nós’ or ‘old style’ dancing, Edwina can take you through the basics of this most musical form of Irish percussive dancing. Bring comfortable shoes!

Saturday 30th July, 12-2, Dance House

Tickets €10


Rehearsals Big Bang Dance Project

All through July some 30 dancers and 10 drummers have been rehearsing for a performance at Hotter Than July in Meeting House Square on 31st July. If you’ve missed the classes, it may be too late to learn the steps but if you are a fast drummer and a fast learner, you may still be able to join our drummers for the last rehearsal and performance. Drummers contact for

Bookings: Dance Ireland, (01) 855 8800


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