The largest organised road trip in Europe is back this September and promises a bigger and bolder celebration of motoring excess than ever before. Inspired by the original Cannonball legend and the grand tradition of supercar rallies like Gumball, this turbocharged motoring jamboree plots a different course around Ireland each year, showing off a gleaming convoy of very special cars wherever it goes. Expect a party atmosphere and a procession of some of the world’s most desirable supercars including McLarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Porsches, Masserattis, Rolls Royces and Bentleys This year’s theme is American Movies and Cannonballers are rarely shy about entering into the spirit of the event, so expect plenty of fab fancy dress and an abundance of weird and wonderful cars to marvel at. With 150,000 spectators expected to line the route this year’s event looks set to be one hell of a bash. Whether you’re a petrolhead or simply looking for an excuse to party Cannonball Ireland guarantees a good time.
After a smash hit debut last summer The Big Grill returns to Dublin this August with an even meatier platter of gourmet grilling and all round merriment. This year’s BBQ bonanza brings a competitive dimension to proceedings with Ireland’s first ever American style low ‘n’ slow BBQ competition which will take centre stage alongside a peerless procession of pitmasters including John Relihan of Barbacoa, DJ BBQ from Channel 5’s ‘Rad’ and Tyson Ho of Brooklyn’s Arrogant Swine Beer Hall. The jam-packed programme is brimming with all manner of gastronomic goodness including appearance by Levi Roots, Garrett Bradshaw and Jim Carroll. Great music comes courtesy of DJ Yoda, urban brass outfit Stomptown Brassband and the Brazilian samba ensemble Morro 16 and there’ll be plenty of craft beer and cider to wash it all down with thanks to an extensive line up brewing companies including Kinnegar, Franciscan Well and Eight Degrees.
The latest production from Dublin’s exciting Ill-Advised Theatre Company promises to build on the outfit’s reputation for fun, fresh and accessible musical theatre with a spirited take on the much-loved rock musical Spring Awakening at the Smock Alley Theatre. A thrilling, funny and occasionally dark coming-of-age tale set to a brilliant rock score, Spring Awakening’s heady mix of indie rock and teenage rebellion in late-nineteenth century Germany is as inspired as it is unlikely. The original Broadway production of Spring Awakening opened in 2006 and went on to win widespread acclaim and a slew of prizes, including 8 Tony Awards and a Grammy for the original cast album. Nearly a decade later, after numerous productions across the globe including an award-winning West End run in 2009, Spring Awakening still feels ground-breaking. Director: James O’Connor Choreographer: Lesley Moore Lighting Designer: Caoimhe Ní Fhaoláin Set & Costume Design: Fiona Patten Music Director: Sinéad Diskin
This summer the beautiful Dun Laoghaire harbour in County Dublin plays host to the inaugural Proms on the Pier festival, a spectacular celebration of the best sounds from the 70s and 80s set before the scenic environs of Dublin Bay. An exceptional line-up has been assembled to perform in the all seater outdoor arena over the weekend of the 29th and 30th August including such luminaries as Midge Ure, Johnny Logan, Bjorn Again, 10cc, Air Supply, Melanie McCabe and Phil Coulter. The With 5,000 music lovers expected for both dates and a champagne tent and full bar in attendance Proms On The Pier looks set to provide two very special evenings of irresistibly nostalgic entertainment. Saturday 29th August Featuring 10cc, Proms Party Orchestra, Midge Ure, Bjorn Again (Australia), Proms Party Orchestra conducted by Phil Coulter, The Definitive Rat Pack and Melanie McCabe & The Sugarcubes Band, MD Eugene McCarthy. Sunday 30TH August Featuring Air Supply Music, Johnny Logan, Proms Party Orchestra conducted by Phil Coulter, Karen Carpenter Show featuring Toni Lee and Melanie McCabe & The Sugarcubes Band, MD Eugene McCarthy.
The Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival is a great opportunity to discover the rich and diverse world of Irish brewing that exists beyond Guinness. With over 50 stands, 200 craft beers and ciders from across the country and an anticipated attendance of over 10,000 the festival looks set to be bigger and better than ever in 2015. Alongside a wide array of tipples to sample from all corners of Ireland there’ll be an exciting selection of artisan foods to line your stomach with and a lively musical line-up to keep the party swinging. The Irish Craft and Cider Festival is both a wonderful excuse to enjoy a good old Irish knees up on a grand scale and a chance to explore the very best of Irish brewing in 2015. What better way to spend a Summer day in Dublin?
Oscar Wilde’s satirical masterpiece is considered by many to be his finest work and there’s no denying that his sparkling wit and observational acuity were rarely sharper than in this, his final play. And where better to revisit Wilde’s crowning achievement than his hometown? Fittingly the recently renovated Smock Alley Theatre is both steeped in history – it’s the city’s oldest theatre – and an exciting emblem of Dublin’s progressive and vibrant cultural landscape, in many ways it is the perfect venue for an evening of sharp Wildean comedy. The Importance of Being Earnst may be 120-years-old but it feels as fresh and relevant today as it did in 1895. An undoubted highlight of Dublin’s theatrical calendar this summer, The Importance of Being Earnest promises an irresistible night of wit, farce and romance in one of the city’s best-loved venues. Written by Oscar Wilde Directed by Kate Canning Lighting and Set Design: Marcus Costello Costume Design: Olga Criado Monleon Cast: Charlie Hughes, Katie McCann, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, James Murphy, Aislinn O’Byrne, Valerie O’Leary, Kevin Shackleton