Body & Soul
Fashionable festival with a quirky selection of colourful art and theatre events on top of its main musical offerings, Body & Soul takes place in Ballinlough Castle, Co Meath, and stars Metronomy, Bonobo, Lambchop and the sharp rhymes of Sleaford Mods. June 23-25.
Emma O’Donoghue’s hauntingly wonderful book – which explores the raising of a child in a single room whilst her mother suffers torturous abuse, all through the naive eyes of the child – launches at the Abbey Theatre on June 23 and runs until November.
Tattoo Art Expo
The second edition of this body art exhibition comes to the Davenport Hotel for the weekend, featuring (as well as the obvious abundance of ink) live performances, DJs and alternative models. June 24-25.
Dublin Pride Week
The highlight of Pride Week, the Pride parade will weave its colourful pathway down O’Connell Street and along the quays as Dublin’s LGBTQ community come out to party. The theme of this year’s parade, kicking off on midday on June 24, is ‘Find Your Inner Hero’.
American pop-punkers bring what’s always been a bold, brash and entertaining live show to Kilmainham Hospital on June 29, with support from ska-punk mainstays Rancid. The show is sold out, though late production tickets do often become available.
Dublin Flea Market
The biggest of their monthly rotation of Sunday markets spills out of Dublin Food Co-Op on to Newmarket Square, where you can expect to find tents full of all sorts of second-hand treasures, as well as some of the best coffee in the city. June 25.
The Positive Touch album launch
Launching the second in a series of compilations aimed at raising money for charity, ‘The Positive Touch’ will feature tracks by Paddy Casey, Mundy, Cry Monster Cry, Gavin Glass, The Devlins and many more, and launches at The Workman’s Club on June 29.
Zero Waste Festival
Talks, workshops, screenings, info stands, a market and a swap-shop all form part of this green-leaning event at CIE Hall in Inchicore, which hopes to introduce every new attendee to some fresh ideas on waste reduction. June 25.
New album of the week
Imagine Dragons – Evolve. Following a hiatus for the American act after they made a huge splash with their second album ‘Smoke + Mirrors’, they return with a literally named album – this third release is said to signal a sea change in their sound.