The annual Culture Night where buildings, museums, galleries and more open their doors to the public for the night is happening tonight. Here’s a selection of music highlights of Culture Night events happening in Dublin. All free.
The Amphitheatre, Wood Quay
My wife Aoife McElwain’s pop culture singing party / zero-commitment choir Sing Along Social choses a theme, presses play and the gathered sing in unison and has taken off beyond her tiny expectations of filling the upstairs room of a pub in Dublin 8 to take on stages at Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, venues and private parties around the country and recently to the UK for the first time. For Culture Night, the infectious event will be providing lyric books for some well-known pop songs from Abba to Whitney, Fleetwood Mac to Journey, Bon Jovi to Sinead O’Connor. It’s a big laugh and one of the most fun things you can do even if you don’t like singing in public (I am biased obviously but look at the video below like).
D-Light Studios, North Great Clarence Street, Dublin 1, 6pm – 10pm
An eclectic evening of live music, photography, film screening and dance including screening of This Ain’t No Disco: Myles O’Reilly & Donal Dineen’s longform online music TV programme + Ana Gog’s EP launch.
IMRO, Pembroke Rom, 6pm – 9.30pm
A talk featuring Music Managers Ken Allen, Joe Clarke & David Rowell plus live Music from ZALI, I Draw Slow and Culture Night Trailblazer Ambassador Katie Laffan.
RTÉ Arena Open air concert
Dublin Castle, 7pm – 10pm
RTÉ’s annual radio-aired Arena concert moves to Dublin Castle which gives it more room to cram in the culture. Expected on stage between 7pm and 10pm is this array of talent: RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Strypes, Áine Cahill, Mongoose, Dáithí with Sinead White, Stephen James Smith, Felispeaks, San Patricio Mariachi, Liam O’Connor and Matthew Gilsenan. Jim Carroll’s Banter series is also nearby in The Coach House.
A4 Sounds, Upper Dorset Street, 5pm – 11pm
The multipurpose, socially engaged arts space and gallery hosts live performances, animation workshops, shadow puppetry, storytelling, music, studio tours, short film and animation screenings, and live scores for silent films.
Cobra Truth // Kosmiche synth music: drone jazz meets theatre
Gavin Prior // Electro-acoustic ambient psych-folk
Big Monster Love // Barmbrack Troubadour is back!
Fyodor // Turntable experiments & modular synth noise improv
Andy Wilson // Generative music, field recordings & ’50s sci-fi
Cregan Library, DCU, Drumcondra
Exibition of Ruth Medjber’s Women of Notes a photography series celebrating some of Ireland’s most prominent and successful female musicians. Plus DJ Claire Beck on the tunes