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The out-of-office replies are on, we've retrieved the sandals from the dusty Narnia-zone of our wardrobes, and the suitcases are packed. Boys and girls, this week, we announce that Le Cool is going on its jollies until August 15th, although the site will be live, and updated for your delectation...

Don't cry, there'll be plenty happening to entertain you in the meantime. The Festival of Curiousity will be piquing your interest about a myriad of weird and wonderful things. Gaze Film Festival returns to showcase the best in LGBT cinema...We're quaking in our platforms in excitement for the screening and panel discussion on Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.

For a break from the rough and tumble of the city, we'll pack the warpaint and wellies to celebrate eclecticism at Knockanstockan music festival. While with so many PhotoIreland exhibitions still to check out, time to go stir-Blur-crazy, and to eat our way down Camden Street, we're sure we'll all be plenty occupied in the meantime...

So, who's making like Nelly the Elephant, packing their bags, and saying goodbye to the circus? Kate, Ciaran, Michael or Amy

"When I visit Dublin, I try to take as much of it in as possible." - Lee Grace
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July 18 2013


where
The Liberties
Dublin

when
Until 21 July

how much
Depends, see link for program.

festival
The Liberties Festival

De Liberties, famed for the colourful call of its market traders, jumbo boxes of Lenor, the clip-clop of horse hooves and the smell of stewing Guinness. But there's a lot more to it than that and the 43rd Liberties Festival is out to prove it. A unique little universe and one of the oldest parts of the capital, the Liberties' pint of the black stuff runneth over with history, community and culture. The festival program boasts Pat Liddy's walking tours, the opening of the One Day in the Liberties exhibition, a mobile cinema, Joycean theatre, the Dublin Gospel Choir at Christchurch Cathedral, Nighthawks at the Guinness Storehouse and of course, the exquisitely named Blue Rinse Talent Show. Those well-trodden streets serve a Dublin dish all its own, sure where else woudja be, luv? / Sarah Folan

 

July 18 2013


where
Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10

launch
Anna Jordan

Pianist and singer Anna Jordan writes songs with a woozy, dreamy cadence, skipping beyond the blithely obvious and instead tumbling along with the delicate and unpredictable adroitness of a freshly blow dandelion, notes falling over each other with a hypnotic grace, then disappearing into the ether. Her debut solo EP Dust, which is launched tonight Upstairs in Whelan's, showcases her vocal range (playful, fragile, earnest and capricious) and an unerring ear for a curio of a melody. Jordan’s background in jazz and film soundtrack composition is in evidence in the grandeur and the scope of the songs, which have a technicolour vitality. With Dennis Cassidy alongside adding subtle percussion and electronics, Dust feels like a brief and beguiling encounter with someone you know from a past life or lives. / Mark Keane

 

July 18 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€20

gig
Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra

Thanks to her recent response to the Daily Mail’s coverage of her breast at Glastonbury, Amanda Palmer has gone viral again. If this is indicative of the sort of woman she is, then you can rest assured she is not the type to belt out a few well known songs and leave. Above all, she is a strong female performer who refuses to be let any segment of her autonomy be governed, both creativity and physically, by anyone other than herself. This is a potent combination when mixed with her savage propensity to create maniacal art and perform wildly. In essence, she is not one for half measures, so rest assured that her gig will not fall short of pure entertainment. Extravagant and outrageous, this will be pure Amanda Fucking Palmer. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

July 18 2013


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
€33.50

gig
Grizzly Bear

This writer first stumbled across Grizzly Bear six years ago. A video of the group performing a cramped and uncomfortable acoustic version of Shift in a Parisian bathroom now seems the perfect introduction to the NYC quartet. I’m a big believer in first impressions, they seem to bubble up from some weird place in the unconscious and I’m thankful that this one is yet to burst. Grizzly Bear possess the rare ability to grip listeners in a stranglehold and release them in an explosion of sound and color. Needless to say, the band have moved on from performing lavatory sets and now find themselves as one of the most innovative and creative rock bands of the decade. 2012’s Shields should be in everyone’s record collection, grab it, listen to it, go see them live! / Battle

 

July 18 2013


where
Dublin Convention Centre, Spencer Dock

when
8pm

how much
€11.75

music/arts
WoodSongs

American folksinger (and self confessed tree hugger) Michael Johnathon is leaving the log cabin and bringing his phenomenal celebration of grassroots music, the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, on the road. WoodSongs broadcasts to over 1m listeners on 500 stations worldwide (including Dublin City FM). Judy Collins, Billy Bragg, Odetta, Imelda May, Emmylou Harris and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have all featured on the programme. It's a long way to come from the show's regular home in the Lyric Theatre, Lexington, Kentucky to Dublin’s Convention Centre. It makes much musical sense as there are many ties between Irish music and American folk and bluegrass. Two editions of WoodSongs will be recorded back to back in Dublin with Paul Brady, Mary Black, We Banjo Three and Niall Toner on the bill. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

July 19 2013


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
Free

club night
Together Disco

Often unfairly dismissed as a pit stop before a gig down the road, The Pint on Eden Quay has become the groovy new home for the peace making machine that is disco music. With themed brunches, Italo disco delights and Nile Rodgers flying into town on what seems to be a monthly basis it’s clear we have an insatiable desire to get down in this city. One man who is fully aware of this is Ryan Skelton – professor of pogonotrophy and the bicycle trundling brain behind Together Disco. A club night for all “genders and benders”, TD unites mirror ball loving revellers for an evening of shape throwing and lush tunes on Dublin’s most democratic dance floor. Ger Z, Billy Scurry and Little Dave spin the glittery wheels of steel as you get Lost in Music. / Aaron Purcell

 

July 19 2013


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Grow

Gothic drama is hard to do as it tends to be of an epic scale but this ambitious piece (a debut from Lauren Jones) creates the world of a grand house in the rather modest surroundings of the space and cleverly uses film footage for exposition as three villagers are interrogated about events in the house during WWII. The story is clever with plenty of twists and turns and director Nora Kelly Lester uses numerous effective theatrical tools to tell the tale and the live music really creates an atmosphere. However at times the dialogue is a little stilted and the performances are hit and miss with some actors never really fully embodying the characters. This is to be expected on a first run though and this young production shows great verve and promise. / Frances Winston

   
 

July 20 2013


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
Location Map

when
5:30pm

how much
€35

gig
Beach House

Victoria and Alex of Beach House are basically Galadriel and Aragorn if they started a band. Stately grace, tragic beauty, romantic fatalism, stunning radiance. Oh yeah, and a great ear for a pop song– that up-tight neo-classical stuff is Elrond’s thing. Four albums and eight years into their career and it’s hard to remember what life was like before Beach House (BBH). In fact, the musical landscape in 2006 was pretty grim before they descended from the clouds on their shimmering pearl staircase to spearhead the Great Dream Pop Resurgence. And now they’re playing Marlay Park, their biggest and likely best Irish venue so far. A seat on the grass in the soft evening sunshine, warm summer air, all gently hypnotized by the sweet sadness that is their signature. It’s hard to come up with a more note-perfect scene. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

July 20 2013


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
This Club

Cheery soul poppers This Club are sure to take over the Workman’s Club tonight with their infectious positive vibrations and transcendental feel good energy. Hippy jargon aside, the fun foursome have been working towards their well-deserved recognition of late for some time now, culminating such a spirit raising sound. Simply put, their singles I Won’t Worry and Add It Up are full on mood boosters and what doctors should be prescribing, and the lads are clearly top buzzers, a trait evident in the sheer craic they seem to have in their videos, which easily translates into their live shows. Furthermore, their casual and funky cover of Michael Jackson’s P.Y.T. solidifies their uber coolness. And I’m not just saying this because lead singer Johnny Holden was my journo teacher in college, true story! Thanks for the pass Johnny. / Phillip Notaro

   
 

July 20 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10pm till late

how much
€15

le other
Nimhneach

Break free from the shackles of PC society and try bonding with some of Dublin's kinksters this week as the monthly house of pain, Nimhneach, returns. Running for eight years now, it was the first (open) fetish club in Ireland when the doms and slaves first talc-ed up and shoehorned themselves into latex attire. There are some basic rules; everybody who comes through the door must be dressed in the appropriate feitsh wear, they do not tolerate full nudity and sex is not allowed on the premises, not even in the champagne room. It's one of the friendliest sex clubs in Europe, but not sure that's a coveted title in the dark art of BDSM. There will be frames for tying people too, shabari (bondage suspension), public spankings and some light whipping. For a taster of the man in charge, Fig, check out these portraits by seanandyvette. / Vernon Steel

 

July 20 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10:30pm

how much
€12

gig
Space Dimension Controller

Space Dimension Controller is Belfast boy Jack Hamill who produces self labelled "galactic funk", or in less sci-fi terms: deep, melodic techno and house music. Signed to R&S, also home to Pariah and golden boy James Blake, Space Dimension Controller most recently released a rather unheard of debut electronic concept album. Created like a film, each song depicts a new scene and the beginning and ending tracks are created to act as the intro and end titles. Intrigued? On top of this the music is top notch. Reminiscent of disco and funk you won't really care about the story, more so just that it sounds damn good. Influenced by Grand Theft Auto soundtracks and Prince, for his Twisted Pepper set expect an eclectic mix of 80s synths, sensual rhythm and trippy goodness. For a taster check out Hamill's FACT and ClashMusic mixes. / Niamh Keenan

 

July 20 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
8:15PM

how much
€15

cinema
MacBeth LIVE

Whatever you do, don’t say it aloud, just spell-it-out or refer to it by its geographical setting. Apparently it’s unlucky to refer to it by its actual name, although it never seemed to matter that the title was all over the marketing materials. Still, the news to be excited about is that the National Theatre’s series of broadcasts to cinemas internationally is back and this time it’s Shakespeare’s second most blood-soaked play (pipped by Titus Andronicus) and it stars Belfast boy and regular bard-botherer Kenneth Branagh in the title role (stop, don’t say it!). As a python once said; "watery tarts lying in ponds is no basis for a system of government", well it turns out neither are three witches acting the maggot in the Scottish Highlands and the consequences are far from rosy for the people of Morayshire. / David Cadwallader

   
 

July 21 2013


where
Marley Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.


when
1:30pm

how much
€54.50 - day, €149.50 - weekend

festival
Longitude

So Forbidden Fruit didn't really leave anyone smacking their chops and the Electric Picnic looks like leftovers rather than choice cuts. On the other hand, the organisers of Oxegen, the truly detestable Summer festival, have again done the City a solid by summoning every tooled-up degenerate peasant in Dublin to their annual racecourse rape-up. It augurs well then for the inaugural Longitude festival in the verdant, leafy surrounds of Marlay Park. The line-up is a roll-call of relevant indie/alternative acts, culminating with Kraftwerk's much-vaunted 3D show on Sunday night. You can expect middle class garlanded girls in superfluous gumboots and pretty much everyone else you know. If the weather forecasts are to be believed, the sun will be splitting the stoned all weekend. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

July 21 2013


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
2pm

how much
Free

sport
Tour de France

As someone who once met Lance Armstrong and decided that he was "definitely innocent" and "kind of good-looking", I am probably not the most qualified person to discuss the Tour de France. However, even the most casual, uneducated observer can recognise it as one of the greatest events in the sporting calendar - a test requiring nerves of steel and sturdy calves. This year marks the 100th edition of the race and has even witnessed Irishman, Dan Martin, win a stage. With its grueling ascents  and treacherous descents, the race puts hipster bike enthusiasts to shame. At present, Chris Froome (or should that be Chris Vroom - holla!) leads the pack and this Sunday, you can make your way to The Bernard Shaw to see if Froome can retain his lead as the race draws to a conclusion, all while enjoying a beer. A veritable Tour de Bants. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

July 21 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€5.40-€9

cinema
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Hero or villain? Civil liberties fighter or egomaniac? Whatever the question, the answer lies with Julian Assange, a Draco Malfoy-haired Aussie hacker who became the posterboy and whipping boy for whistleblowing. We Steal Secrets charts the Wikileaks timeline. But the real story is Bradley Manning, the US soldier with computing expertise and a conscience whose actions shook the world. Alex Gibney populates the tale with intriguing characters and remarkable access to everyone from the former director of the NSA to the jilted few who ended up disillusioned with Assange's antics. It's difficult to make a documentary in such an era and area of flux, especially when the shadow of Edward Snowden hangs above. But it's a captivating, informative and essential piece of work, even if its purpose is just to make sense of it all. / Una Mullally

   
 

July 22 2013


where
Upstairs

when
1pm & 7pm (until July 27)

how much
€8/€10

theatre
Til Death We Part

Mortality of various hues stalks Amy De Bhrun's one-woman show, but in the course of a single act we come to understand the lives and fates of three very different women. This is a hugely ambitious play for such a small stage, and there are miscalculations. The voice recordings that separate each character's appearance lack impact, and for all her keen ear for language and gesture its hard to imagine the youthful, glamourous De Bhrun in the imminent grip of Alzheimer's disease. But as she literally squeezes into the shoes of the three women she has created, Amy De Bhrun bewitches her audience with teasing laughs, subtle characterisation and sublime moments of pathos. Playing so many parts would challenge any actress but De Brun's star quality is at supernova level. Imagine Pauline McLynn in Grace Kelly's body and you are getting close. Did I mention she wrote it too? This girl is going to be huge. Don't miss. / Luke McManus

 

July 22 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€22/€18

theatre
Best Man

The white flowing set literally slides in and out like waves at the beach, transforming the stage into a family home, a cuckold's nest bijoux/apartment, a one woman trial and jury and the prison cell, death chamber home of a wilting ambassador. Winters looks at a family on the brink, a man with a mind full of holes and a Bolivian beauty hell bent on vengeance against a man she has only heard about from her mother. Parental influence on how children see the world and sometimes their absent parent is so powerful; it sickens you to see it unfold. ‘It’s so fucked up its almost funny…That hating the other parent could become the measure of how much we love our kids’ killer lines, insights into the ridiculous things love can drive us to and the role of money in marriage are some of the choicer themes threaded throughout the play. / Joseph Kearney

   
 

July 23 2013


where
In-spire Galerie
56 Lower Gardiner Street
Dublin 1


when
July 18th - Aug 9th

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Three Regards - Marian Schmidt

PhotoIreland is a source of pride for Dublin, not just because it affords Irish photographers the justified moment in the limelight but also for the calibre of international shutterbugs that display their work all over the country. Marian Schmidt is one of those heavyweights and a master of the composition image. Considered by some as the next Henri-Cartier-Bresson he first dappled in Maths,  graduating with a PhD n the US where he counted John Bash (A Beautiful Mind) among his friends. He has since travelled the world and exhibited in every major  hub. A running theme in his work is survival and his beautiful shots resonant with that most basic human condition, to keep on keeping on. See this giant of the snapped-shot world in a space underused by Dubliners, the in-spire gallery. Show curated by Sofia Swatek. / Vernon Steel

   
 

July 24 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€25

gig
Lee Fields and the Expressions

Since cutting his first single way back in 1969, Lee Fields has released albums in each decade but none so popular as his latest releases on Brooklyn’s Truth & Soul label. Speaking to the man about his band the Expressions during an interview last week, he told me “it was totally inevitable that we would come together, it was meant to be”. And it certainly sounds that way when you listen to these recordings. With the possible exception of his early releases, My World and Faithful Man are the most honest and authentic sounding recordings he has ever made. This is of course partially due to his band and the painstaking efforts of producers Leon Michaels and Jeff Silverman, but credit also has to go to the man himself who is a real soul man true and true. If you missed him at Body&Soul last year, now’s your chance! / Dave Desmond

 

July 24 2013


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until 2 August

how much
Free

exhibition
Concresco

In artsy-fartsy terms, concrescence is when separate physical parts merge with the original surface. The Concresco series of photographs is about just that – physical, concrete additions to the landscape representing past and presence, becoming part of the fabric of the country. Between 1945 and 1985, Albanian Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha had over 750,000 pillbox bunkers built to protect the people from outside attackers. Dear ol' Enver thought that Khrushchev was a bit of a pansy, and was generally mistrustful of... well, the world. Dutch photographer David Galjaard went to post Iron Curtain Albania to check out these shelters and the resulting pictures are truly stunning. The bunkers are everywhere; on mountainsides, in graveyards, behind farmhouses. What initially seem like simple landscape shots become incredibly powerful. Go see. / Carrie King

   
 
Bedlam Boys

As their first birthday draws near, Le Cool chats with DJs Jonnie Foley and Brian McCarthy of BEDLAM.

We launched in 2012. Although BEDLAM started off as more of an indie-dance concept we always made it clear that we would be about good music that we listened to and not get wrapped up in specific genres.

There's certainly been some luck on our side. Klangkarussell was amazing. The energy and love in that room was something we’ve never witnessed at a show before. There are a few shows and projects we are working on with other Dublin promoters. The David August show in Button Factory and the Ame gig in Twisted Pepper are for example.

We're just looking to keep putting on quality gigs that hopefully when people who were there have stopped going clubbing and have kids and stuff, they'll be sitting in a quiet pub on a Sunday saying to themselves, "Jesus, remember those BEDLAM gigs. They were unreal!

The Bedlam boys are back with their Summer Party, Friday 6 July, The Grand Social, 11pm. PHOTO: Daragh Soden