Not only does Young Hearts Run Free raise money for a very worthwhile cause in the Simon Community, it also puts on unique imaginative events that draws people of different creative persuasion together.
No Idle Days is their mini-festival running this weekend features a community games, a magical mystery tour, a secret location gig, a their own take on The Sunday Game, a walking tour, paint classes and talks.
Participants include Donal Lunny, Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh, Alison Spittle, Banter, Don Conroy, No Monster Club, Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock, Donal Dineen, Joanna Walsh and and more….
A free festival of Irish music of all sorts in 24 venues, bars and shops of Rathmines and Portobello. Acts playing include AE MAK, Sample Answer, Zaska, Rocstrong, Elephant, Gavin Glass, Feather, Barq, The Eskies, Cut Once, New Valley Wolves, Bad Bones, Katie Laffan, RSAG and many more. The big attraction is the 5,000 capacity gig at Leinster Cricket Club.
As techno goes, there’s no Irish producer with a better rep than Sunil Sharpe, who has gained extra recognition of late globally through European tours, Boiler Room and Resident Advisor features and and old-fashioned perseverance. Saturday’s set is a full five-hours that allows Sharpe to showcase what he does best.
Taking over the entire venue on the quays including the restaurant, Out To Lunch is hosting three days of live electronic acts and DJ sets in four different rooms.
Guest selectors include snooker champion turned DJ Steve Davis, Ben UFO, DJ Sprinkles, Laurel Halo, Mark Ernestus, Call Super, Kenny Hanlon, Damien Lynch, Lolz and Cáit Dip. There’s also a record fair and Firehouse Skank in the courtyard.
Formerly known as the Rock-N-Roll Conference, Dublin Rock-N-Roll Festival is a three-day event centered on retro rock’n’roll, rockabilly and all things vintage that go along with it: cars, pomp hairstyles and dance competitions.
Music wise, there are gigs in 10 venues from The Strypes, Donna Dunne, Slim Jim and the Bone Breakers, The Slick Hicks, The Dublin City Rounders, The Jive Cats, Mushburgers, Sunset Kings (USA) and more. Some gigs are free.
A mid-week charity fundraiser and 10th anniversary for Pieta House featuring a load of prominent Irish musicians including Ham Sandwich (above), Hudson Taylor, The Young Folk, Roisin O, Elephant, Sinead White aka White Mice, Roisin El Cherif and Galia Arid playing until 1am. All proceeds go directly to Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide.
A brand new club night brought to you by pop music writer Jennifer Gannon and Cian McHugh, Lime & Fancy is a self-described mix of the “most day-glo of Italo Disco mixed with your faves from the early 90s & a dash of some 80s oddities served with a cute cocktail umbrella.
“Before Hotline Bling there was the Hotline with Tony Fenton. Before a time of songs shrouded in irony there was fun times with friends. Lime & Fancy is your magic door back to a time without judgement, when pop was the secret language of the heart…You are among friends – in the words of Mel & Kim: It only takes a moment to feel alright.”