Don’t feel like venturing out of the city to get down and dirty at any festivals this month? No biggie, there’s lots happening in Dublin City this July. The Dublin Quays Festival is coming up, The Trinity Summer Series is back and there are some amazing theatre and comedy shows coming to the city…
Ireland: A Survivor’s Guide – The International Bar
Ireland: A Survivor’s Guide is a comedy sketch show that aims to provide a crash course in Irish people, culture and customs. The sketch show will be performed at lunch times, Tuesday to Saturday, each week for July and August at the International Bar. The show is suitable for all ages and all levels of English. Further details and tickets can be found here.
Sitting Room Sessions – The Clockwork Door
Sit back, relax and perform your songs on a cosy couch in an intimate setting for the Sitting Room Sessions. They welcome songwriters from beginners to seasoned pros every second Sunday at The Clockwork Door, next to the Ha’penny Bridge. A unique venue, they don’t serve alcohol at the show and only charge for the amount of time you spend there. The crowd is attentive and the only interruption you might face is someone slurping on their free cup of tea or munching a free biscuit or two!
Lalah Hathaway – Whelan’s – 4th July
Five time Grammy award winning musician, Lalah Hathaway comes to Dublin for a headline show at Whelan’s this summer. Hathaway has collaborated with Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar among others and has just released the deluxe version of her 2017 album, ‘honestly’. More info and tickets here.
Wood Quay Summer Sessions – 5th to 26th July
The Wood Quay Sessions return for their third year hosting a series of daytime gigs in the outdoor Wood Quay Amphitheatre. The gigs will feature emerging and established artists and all are free to attend. Music Network, the Improvised Music Company, Contemporary Music Centre and First Music Contact will each present shows over the month of July. More details of acts due to perform and dates are available here.
Alanis Morissette – Iveagh Gardens – 5th July
EELS – Iveagh Gardens – 6th July
Laya Healthcare City Spectacular – Merrion Square – 6th to 8th July
The Laya Healthcare City Spectacular is a street performance festival taking place in Merrion Square this July. The festival is free to attend, family friendly and will feature scheduled shows from international street performers and musicians. From break dancing to stilt walking and contortionists, it’s sure to be an exciting weekend! Check out their website for more details.
Hairspray – Bord Gais Energy Theatre – 9th to 14th July
Who doesn’t love a good musical? The sensational Hairspray returns to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for a run of shows this month. More details can be found here including student and group tickets!
Tune-Yards – Tivoli Theatre – 10th July
Tune-Yards brings her vibrant live show to the Tivoli Theatre in support of her latest album ‘I can feel you creep into my private life’. Support on the night comes from the awesome and equally vibrant BIMM Dublin graduate band AE Mak.
Bruno Mars – Marlay Park – 12th July
Wicked – Bord Gais Energy Theatre – From 17th July
Hit musical Wicked returns to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this summer. The critically acclaimed “untold story of the witches of Oz” will run until 1st September this year. An absolute must see for fans of musicals of all ages. Tickets are available here.
Dublin Quays Festival – 19th to 23rd July
Dublin Quays Festival is a music, comedy and spoken word festival taking place in venues along the River Liffey. Venues include The Wiley Fox, The Grand Social, Sin É, The Workman’s Club, The Liquor Rooms, Winding Stair Bookshop and The Sound House. An eclectic mix of acts will perform across the city centre venues including Pillow queens, BIMM graduate Claire Z, Sleep Thieves and more. All of the events are free of charge and further details can be found here.
The Academic – Iveagh Gardens – 20th July
Mullingar indie rockers, The Academic, join the stellar line up of acts playing the Iveagh Gardens this summer. The band have established themselves as an exciting live act on the Irish and international music scenes over the last number of years and are definitely not to be missed. There’s still time to get tickets here to see it for yourself!
Trinity Summer Series – 23rd to 28th July
After last year’s success, the Trinity Summer Series returns with an amazing line up of Irish and international acts. This year Grace Jones, Rag N Bone Man, Bryan Ferry, Gavin James and Imelda May will perform between the 23rd to the 28th of July. Further details and tickets are available for all shows here.
Hotter Than July – Smithfield Square – 29th July
The Improvised Music Company & Dublin City Council in association with the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm present Hotter Than July. This is a free, family-friendly event which celebrates creativity, culture, diversity and community and will feature both Irish and international performers. The line up features Fedah, Discovery Gospel Choir, Toot Sweet and the Shadowman, Big Bang Dance Project and more. Taking place in Smithfield Square, the festival will also feature dance and choral workshops. Further info on the festivities taking place can be found here.