• God’s Waiting Room Valentine’s Special

    Following on from a very memorable festive feast for senses in the company of Andrew Weatherall back in December, David Holmes‘ God’s Waiting Room will return to Belfast’s Maple Leaf Club on Saturday, February 11 for Valentine’s Day special. Headed by Montréal artist, producer and “detached crooner deep within a dystopian discotheque” Bernardino Femminielli, the night will also feature a 4 hour DJ set from Holmes and DIE HEXEN live, as well as Jeff Doherty and Mark Gilliland in Room 2 and films/visuals courtesy of Stephen Hackett and Jason Deadman. Set to be compered by Joe Lindsay, the first 200 through the…

  • Mount Stewart Conversations 2016

    Promising an inspiring, mind-expanding, one-of-a-kind weekend, 19th Century Co. Down country estate Mount Stewart will play host to a veritable feast of talks, debates, storytelling, art, ideas, music, food and drink, performances and house & gardens across September 17-18. With many wonderfully contrasting cultures converging across the weekend, the inaugural Mount Stewart Conversations is a festival built on the esteemed legacy of Ireland’s secret retreat for royals, leaders of state, influencers and aristocracy. For generations a powerhouse of great thinking, art, music, talks and deliberation, it’s an inspired venue for what’s set to be kaleidoscopic fete of ideas presented by…

  • Abner Brown’s Celebration of Women In Music

    Set to take place from January 16 to February 18, Dublin barbershop Abner Brown’s will host a month-long celebration of women in Irish music. Supported by Musicmaker and Canalaphonic, the showcase will feature shows from some of the best independent female musicians in Ireland including Naoise Roo, Mongoose, Sinead White, Grainne Hunt, I am Niamh, Katie Laffen and Carron, as well as well as legendary Pogues’ bassist and musician Cait O Riordan, TXFM’s Claire Beck and promoter/manager Una Molloy talking of their experiences and careers in the industry. All shows are free but there will be donations each night from The Women’s…

  • Dublin Bowie Festival 2016

    If there’s three better consecutive words than Dublin Bowie Festival we haven’t heard them. Making its inaugural outing at The Grand Social on Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10, it will celebrate Davy Jones’ musical towering legacy via “live performances, banter, movies, table quiz, collectors merch and more.” With Bowie’s highly-anticipated twenty-fifth album Blackstar set for release the day before the festival’s launch, this is a perfectly-timed opportunity to revisit a bona fide music legend. Go here for more info.

  • Cork Film Festival 2015

    Bursting with genre-spanning documentaries, features, short film and special events, Cork Film Festival will transform Cork Opera House, Gate Cinema, Triskel Christchurch and Farmgate Cafe into a bustling, heady cinematic fête from November 6 to November 15. Officially Ireland’s oldest film festival and Cork’s flagship cultural happening, the festival will celebrate its grand 60th outing by playing hosting to a wonderfully rich and diverse selection of documentaries, contemporary world cinema, animated films, a talent development campus and categories focusing on music, mental health and food. Check out the official Cork Film Festival 2015 trailer and brochure below.  

  • Happenings present: The Big Lebowski @ Merrion Square, Dublin

    That rug really tied the room together, didn’t it? But enough about the rug. Happenings are hosting a one-off outdoor screening of the one, the only The Big Lebowski on Thursday, August 6 at Dublin’s Merrion Square. Tickets are available on the gate only for €5. Doors open at 7.30 PM. We’d said more but this one pretty much speaks for itself. Additional persuasion below.

  • Dublin Comic Con 2015

    Having sold out their last two shows, this year’s Dublin Comic Con on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 will take place at the Convention Centre to accommodate the huge demand. With over 8000 attendees last year, this year’s convention will feature a whole host of new guests panels and talks, outdoor activities, exhibitors, retailers, artists, signings, talks showcases and more. Go to the Dublin Comic Con website here for much more info and here to buy tickets.

  • Cirque De Soleil – Dralion @ The 02

    Dralion, the groundbreaking show from legendary production company Cique De Soleil, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and will stop off at Dublin’s 02 from Wednesday, May 28 to Sunday, June 1 Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West. Dralion tickets for the general public are on sale now via Ticketmaster priced from…

  • Output #5 @ The Stiff Kitten

    Seeing its Belfast debut on Wednesday, April 23, at the Stiff Kitten, creative panel event Output will host a discourse amongst an array of electronic and dance music professionals. Presented by Generator NI, the organisers behind the event – featuring speakers including Rob Booth of Fabric/Houndstooth, Gary Curran of Japanese Popstars and Paul Hamill AKA Psycatron – stated, “Whether you’re a DJ looking for tips on your live set, or a bedroom producer wanting to build your network, this is your opportunity to find out from the experts how it’s done.” Sound like something you might be interested in checking out?…

  • Gig of the Week: Le Galaxie @ Black Box

    Not only one of our must-see highlights from this year’s Out To Lunch festival, our Gig of the Week is Dublin electronic four-piece Le Galaxie at Belfast’s Black Box on Friday, January 10. If you weren’t fortunate to have caught the guys practically destroy the likes of Forbidden Fruit and Electric Picnic last summer, this show in the relatively intimate surroundings of the Black Box is all but certain to be a hugely memorable consolation. Tickets for the show – priced at £10.00 – are available to purchase right here.