Now that we're in the midst of spring the summer excitement is starting to creep up on us, so we asked our good friends over at Detail Design Studio for their top picks to keep us entertained this month. They've compiled a variety of things for us to see, watch and listen to and of course their favourite spot to devour some Italian food! Lets get going...
EVENTS Red Bull Free Gaff 19–21 April, Location TBA, Dublin A three-day house party on Easter weekend in one incredible city-centre Gaff! What’s not to love? We’re especially excited for Friday night with Handsome Paddy alongside our very own recent Detail alumni Bobofunk.
IDLES 2 April, Vicar St, Dublin Punk outfit from Bristol. If you're lucky enough to have tickets…
The Scratch 6 April, Whelans, Dublin Metal influenced trad on acoustic guitars with a fun sense of humour that all somehow works out great and makes for a very fun live set. Davy Kehoe & Paddy Mulcahy 6 April, Project Arts Centre, Dublin Homebeat are hosting a very promising showcase of two of Ireland’s most interesting contemporary composers. GZA/Genius — Button Factory 7 April, Button Factory Wu Legend GZA brings his classic album Liquid Swords tour to Dublin’s Button Factory on the 7th of April. Expect the album in it’s entirety alongside some Wu classics, a perfect warm up for Wu Tang Clan’s return in May. Seriously good stuff.
Offset Dublin 2019 5–7 April, Point Square Looking forward to Ariane Spanier, Edel Rodriguez and true gent Lance Wyman.
Marc Maron 11 April, Vicar St. Irascable, insightful and brutally honest… WTF podcast stalwart & Glow’s own Sam Sylvia is back in Dublin — Boomer Lives!
Lil Yachty 15 April, Vicar St. Coming from trap music’s mecca Atlanta, one of the scenes biggest and most interesting rappers comes to Dublin for an intimate show. Fun bangers.
Chewing On Tinfoil Presents: A Really Good Friday 19 April, The Workmans Club, Dublin Their claim of being “the best band on planet Earth with the worst band name also on planet Earth” isn’t too far off accurate. One of the most enjoyable live acts we have on this island. Black Sheep 26 April, The Sugar Club, Dublin Members of legendary hiphop collective Native Tongues, alongside A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers and more. A rare Dublin show courtesy of the legends at Choice Cuts. EXHIBITIONS IMMA Collection: A Fiction Close to Reality This group exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see key works from the IMMA Collection by Nalini Malani, Betsabeé Romero, Dennis Oppenheim and Mary Farl Powers alongside loaned works by Bassam Al-Sabah and Geta Brătescu.
Eamonn Doyle — The RHA Dublin Dublin say it loud and proud. Hats off to Niall Sweeny too. Runs until 22nd April.
LISTEN Solange — When I Get Home Solange’s follow up to 2016’s perfectly crafted ‘A Seat at the table’ is both experimental and ambient... a perfect pop production that rarely goes were you would expect, and it’s all the better for it.
American Football – LP3 Midwestern Emo’s favourite dads are back with their second post-reunion album and have turned up the reverb to transform their signature math guitar work into something much more ethereal.
Shlohmo – The End Sholomo has one of the strongest sonic identities of any of his peers. The follow up to 2015’s Dark Red is a natural progression that thrives on feelings of dread and calm simultaneously.
Deflect – Mass Delusion South Florida hardcore band that are pulling a lot from early Integrity and some NYHC crossover for good measure. This is a very strong debut album and one to check out if you’re looking for something heavy.
Fontaines D.C – Dogrel There’s a palpable excitement around the release of this album and it’s wonderful to see such a distinctly Dublin band build the level of hype these lads have lately. Out 12 April
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You Lizzo has been great for a long time but it’s been banger after banger in the build up to this album and she is finally get the attention she deserves. Out 19 April
READ Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard Founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard–legendary climber, businessman and environmentalist – shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most environmentally responsible companies on earth. Its funny, engaging and a must read.
Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass by Darren McGarvey Honest and intelligent McGarvey’s Orwell prize winning book on class politics is a must read for anyone interested in a better and fairer society.
100 Days of Walk Cycles You don’t need natural talent, you just have to be ok with being bad for a while.
So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo A really accessible analysis of the nuance of systemic racism and the ways in which we talk about it. Oluo’s writing style doesn’t pull any punches and makes for a really engaging and reflective read. Ficciones Typografika 1642 – Erik Brandt Erik Brandt has teamed up with Formist Editions to document the enormous amount of work undertaken during the five years of the Ficciones Typografika project. 1,641 type explorations later, this book acts as the final installation. WATCH Us Doppelgänger horror, political allegory or sociological commentary — so many layers to Jordan Peele's latest. All hail, Lupita Nyong’o, literally killing it and as for the I Got 5 On it leitmotif, it will never leave your head(s).
Free Solo and the Making of — Nat Geo An enthralling edge of the seat documentary and one of the greatest sporting feats in human history. The 'making of' is also a must see.
The Dawn Wall and Valley Uprising — Netflix Follow up your new climbing addiction with these equally brilliant documentaries. Right on Tracks with Johnny Kelly (Motionographer interview) EAT Romano’s — Capel St. No explanation required.