One of our favourite Christmas music events – up there with the famed Grafton Street busk – is Merchy Christmas, and it’s set to return for its third outing over the coming weekend.
The Grand Social’s band-focused Christmas market runs on December 17 and 18, and will see many of the city’s best acts sell their merchandise directly to fans as the Grand Social fills with mini-stalls.
As well as being a great fundraiser for the acts involved, this is a fantastic way of connecting with the city’s acts, and those travelling from further afield. A browse of the stalls might include the chance to get a small heap of signed merchandise, too – a great opportunity for fans of the local indie scene that has only one negative, really: it’s easy to spend a small fortune.
The market is free entry (though there is a suggested donation of €5 to the Dublin Simon Community – and it’s worth noting that payments at the event are cash only. Last year, the event raised nearly €5,000 for charity, and they hope to double that this time around. Donations come with free entry into a raffle to win a heap of donated special merchandise from the bands involved.
There are more than 50 artists taking part, including Gilla Band, Gemma Dunleavy, Just Mustard, Columbia Mills, Lankum, Junior Brother, Pillow Queens, Saint Sister, SOAK, Sprints, Sorcha Richardson, Soda Blonde, The Murder Capital, Thumper, TV People, and Wyvern Lingo.
The market runs from 11am to 5pm each day, and is run by One Stop Band Shop, with details posted on their Facebook page in the build up, and new acts being added in the run up to the event. The perfect chance to grab a signed, special edition version of that vinyl you’ve been eying from the local indie scene…
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