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Summer Events Guide: What's on in July



Live at the Marquee, Cork  

3rd Tash Sultana 

4th & 5th Tommy Tiernan 

6th Christy Moore 

7th David Gray 

8th Daryl Hall & John Oates 

Trinity Summer Series, Trinity College Dublin, July 1-7 

Six gigs at the city-centre college feature Vampire Weekend (July 1), Foals (2), Janelle Monae (3), Paul Weller (4), Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott (July 5), New Order (7).

Westlife, Croke Park, July 5-6 

A reminder of how huge a phenomenon the Irish boyband were in that a reunion can draw enough people to justify two nights at GAA HQ.

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, July 4-20 

Another city venue hosting a series of gigs, including Hall & Oates (July 5) Idles (July 11), Villagers (12), Garbage (18), and Burt Bacharach (20).

Longitude, Marlay Park, Dublin, July 5–7 

Urban music is again front and centre over the three separate nights, with Cardi B finally making it after pregnancy forced a previous postponement. 

Other headliners include A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, and Brockhampton.

Forever Young, Palmerstown House, Naas, July 5-7 A dream-team of 1980s revivalists includes the Human League, Holly Johnson, Marc Almond and Jimmy Somerville. Despite the gazillion hits that these bands had between them, we still predict Bonnie Tyler will provide the ultimate singalong moment.

Willie Clancy Summer School, Milltown Malbay, Co Clare, July 6-14 

An annual gathering for trad musicians to learn and play, with plenty punters also in attendance to hear them doing so.

Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, July 14 The two titans of the American music scene have been doing plenty of touring in recent years, but this gig offers a rare chance to see them both together. 

Presumably, the big, outdoor arena will be more suited to Neil Young and his band.

Joan As Police Woman, St Luke’s, Cork, July 16 

The American woman also known as Joan Wasser is playing several gigs in Ireland, including this appearance in Cork.

The Skatalites, Cyprus Ave, Cork, July 17 

The personnel has changed through the decades, but ska and reggae fans shoudn’t miss a chance to see a group steeped in the musical history of Jamaica.

Villagers, Cyprus Ave, July 19 Conor O’Brien and his group play a relatively intimate gig at a revamped venue that’s been a great addition to Cork’s gig outlets.

Knockan Stockan, Blessington Lakes, Jul 19-21 

TPM were one of the hits at the It Takes A Village festival in Cork, and for this event they join a bill of other buzzy Irish acts that includes Thumper and Tebi Rex.

Huun Huur Tu, St Luke’s, Cork, July 20 

If you haven’t seen Tuvan throat singing in a live setting, it really is a wondrous sight and sound.

Saving Grace, Everyman, Cork, July 22 Robert Plant is trying to keep as low a profile as possible in terms of publicity for this ‘co-operative’, but it’s difficult to ignore the presence of the Led Zeppelin singer in the blues-folk outfit. 

As well as Cork, the five-piece are playing:

Galway, St. Nicolas’ Church – 18th July Waterford, 

Theatre Royal – 19th July Kilkenny, 

SET Theatre – 21st July Belfast, 

Waterfront Studio – 24th July Dublin, 

The Helix – 25th July 


Clonmel Junction Arts Festival, July 1-7 

This event began in the Co Tipperary town 20 years ago as a celebration of touring theatre and live music, and is now the county’s leading arts event. 

Mick Flannery tops the music bill this year, with numerous other performances, exhibitions, etc.

Annie, BGE Theatre, Dublin,July 9 – 20 

Jodie Prenger stars as the nasty Miss Hannigan in this West End version of the classic musical.

Scrapefoot, The Ark, Dublin,July 2 – Aug 31 

A walk-through visual art experience for ages 6+ which allows participants to take the lead in their own immersive adventure.

The Goldilocks-inspired tale was inspired by Owen Boss, who’s been thrilling older audiences in recent years as part of the innovative Anu company.

Galway International Arts Festival, July 15-28 

As the City of the Tribes edges towards its troubled European City of Culture project next year, it still has a reputation for hosting a top-class arts festival. Highlights this time around include:

Music: John Grant (18th), Bell X1 (19th), 

The Academic and Wild Youth (20th), 

Macy Gray and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (21st), 

Burt Bacharach (22nd), 

Two Door Cinema Club (26th), 

Orbital (27th) and The Coronas (28th).

Theatre/opera: Least Like the Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy – an opera about the lobotomised daughter of the Irish-American political dynasty; Epiphany, a new production from Druid; and an adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s Redemption Road novel.

Talks/discussions: Mary Robinson on climate change; and various other subjets being covered by the likes of Kate Mulgrew (actress in Star Trek, Orange is the New Black, etc), and members of the crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett.

Visual Art: Work by Australian sculptor Sam Jinks; a sound and image fantasia from Alice Maher & Aideen Barry; and a new work from Sarah Hickson based on her work with people from direct provision in Galway.

The Odd Couple, Everyman, Cork,July 16-Aug 17 

While many people are familiar with Oscar and Felix from Neil Simon’s classic play and the subsequent TV series, twenty years after the premiere, he tweaked it in 1985 for female characters.

Say hello to Florence and Olive, women very much in the mode of their male predecessors, even if the poker game was replaced with Trivial Pursuit.

Laya City Spectacular, Fitzgerald Park, Cork,July 20-21 

Also taking part in Merrion Square in Dublin (July 12-14), the free event again offers an array of street performers and other entertainment.

Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios, National Gallery, Dublin, July 20 – Dec 1 

It’s the 100th anniversary of the influential art and design movement, so the National Gallery has borrowed four Bauhaus portfolios of prints from the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart.

West Cork Literary Festival 

The second of Bantry's three major festivals - it's preceded by chamber music, national and international authors to the intermediate town.

As well as the readings, there are workshops in such subjects as bookbinding, PR, novel writing and poetry.

Among the big-name writers heading west for the occasion are:

Tracey Thorn:

Best known as one half of pop group, Everything But The Girl, in recent years she's done a nice line in memoirs and music writing. Her latest book, Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia, tells of her early life in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire, where she grew up.

Kevin Barry:

The Limerick-born author has had a busy year, overseeing the film adaptation of his short-story amalgamation Dark Lies the Island, starring Tommy Tiernan; and putting the finishing touches on his new novel Night Boat to Tangier. Among his appearances in Bantry will be a reading on Whiddy Island Ferry, and he really is a highly-entertaining reader of his own work.

Graham Norton:

The local-boy-done-good surprised many people with the quality of his debut novel, and in Bantry will be reading from the follow-up, A Keeper.

Joseph O'Connor:

The Dubliner will be reading from his novel Shadowplay, about Bram Stoker.

OTHER Cork Pride, July 27-Aug 4 The annual event centred around LGBT life in Cork features a parade, music events and a general celebration of diversity.