What’s on: Events guide

by James Hendicott

Trinity Summer Gig Series
A new series of concerts comes to life at Trinity College, with Gregory Porter opening on July 6. He’ll be followed by appearances from Pixies, Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J, Bell X1 and James Vincent McMorrow in the illustrious city-centre surrounds..

MCM Comic Com
The RDS hosts the latest round of the annual, costume-laden event for comic fans. Hosted over the weekend of July 1 and 2, the event is run by MCM, the company currently bringing the Comic Con concept to life around the UK and Ireland, with some events topping 100,000 visitors.

United Against Racism Solidarity Picnic
A family-friendly event with a BBQ in Phoenix Park aims to discuss issues around racism and the direct provision system. United Against Racism will reveal specific details via their website ahead of the midday meeting on July 3.

The Coronas
Having just released their number one album ‘Trust The Wire’, Danny O’Reilly and co return to the stage at Kilmainham Hospital for their biggest ever headline show. In our recent interview, they promised on-stage fireworks.

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse
Whelan’s dedicates a Sunday night in the main venue to this heart-wrenching documentary about the tragic indie band, together with an hour long cover performance of their greatest hits. One for an emotive Sunday night.

Macy Gray
The distinctive vocals of the American R&B legend are best known for how they’re delivered on the stunning hit single ‘I Try’, but Gray’s genre-spanning music has won her broad acclaim outside of the pop world, too. She appears at the National Concert Hall, July 2.

Chapelizod Community Festival
The summer party gets underway down near Phoenix Park, with a week of entertainment ranging from local musicians and comedy to kids and sporting events. The festival runs from July 2 to July 9, and aims to bring the area together.

Stars and Stripes Forever
The American national day gets a bold celebration in St Patrick’s Cathedral, where all things American-music themed are celebrated in a free one-off organ concert, expected to touch on film sounds from Indiana Jones to Star Wars. July 4, naturally.

New album of the week
TLC – TLC. Forever associated amongst those of us of a certain vintage with ‘Pure Shores’ and it’s perfect soundtracking of ‘The Beach’, TLC remain on the comeback trail with the release of their first album since 2013, bought out via their new ‘852 Muziq’ label.

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