We're all still in a bit of a hoop from Paddy's Weekend, and alcohol is probably the last thing on your mind..
However, there are some quality international musicians and DJs in Dublin for the weekend, so if you did decide that your bank balance can stretch to one night out this weekend before payday rolls around weekend, here are some options.
Are you a Good Kisser? Has the DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again? Have U Got It Bad? Do You Mind? Do you Burn? Do you Scream? Yeah? If so get on down to the 3 Arena tonight dance the night away to the delights of Usher’s back catalogue where he promises to give fans an ‘Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.’
MUD: Bodytonic Present Blawan & Sunil Sharpe
A year ago these two boyos blew the roof off the Twisted Pepper, and tonight they return for much of the same. Blawan of Karenn and She Works fame fame will be treating Dublin to to another intense DJ set, alongside local hero Sunil Sharpe. This one will be sure to blast away any remaining cobwebs from the weekend before.
The wonderful mocking tones of Simon Amstell are set to return to Vicar Street tonight. “To Be Free” will be the award-winning comedian’s fourth international stand up tour and is sure to see the audience dissolving into giggles and guffaws as the BAFTA-nominated Brit’s offhand candour and intense honesty takes on themes of everyday life. And to think of how far he’s come since interviewing boybands on Popworld.
John Talabot, Marc Piñol, Dani Baughman - Hivern Discs Showcase
John Talabot is Dublin-bound this Staurday night for a Hivern Discs label showcase with support from Marc Piñol & Dani Baughman. The Barcelona label, which both Talabot and Baughman run, has released numerous amazing EPs and tracks since it came to be in 2008 (including Dublin’s own New Jackson). This is Hivern Discs' first ever showcase in Ireland, and District 8 will be buzzing tomorrow eve - if you're heading out on Saturday night, this is the only gig you need to know about.
This is an amazing event taking place on Sunday from noon in Odessa's rooftop bar. There'll be 25 DJs playing their favourite tracks on vinyl all day long. Organised by Nialler9, the lineup is jampacked with Irish talent including Sally Cinnamon, White Collar Boy, Niall D'Arcy, Donal Dineen, Ruth Kavanagh and g_h_o_s_t_b_o_y from Mother as well as so many more. It's free in but a donation of €10 is suggested on the door with all funds going to the Marriage Equality fund.
Pyg Sundays presents Rayko & Colin Perkins at Pygmalion
Spanish producer extraordinaire Rayko has been a leading light in the disco scene since 2008, the year he launched his magnificent Rare Wiri imprint. His style is cemented firmly in '70s and '80s disco, funk, boogie and rock. You may not recognise his name but guarantee you know his amazing edit of Candi Staton's 'Broadway' or his version of 'All Along The Watch Tower' which is one of Move D's absolute favourites, and features in practically all his sets. Sundays at Pygmalion are the dream - 40% of drinks, and a whole load of people refusing to accept that it's technically a school night - get involved.