February City Events in Dublin
Dublin is such a lively city there is always something going on from arty cinema to head banging club nights, it’s a wild mix of old and traditional with young and modern. Here is a small selection of great things to do in Dublin in February.
Laurent Garnier at The Button Factory – 9th February
If you are a fan of house and techno then you have to see Laurent Garnier at the Button Factory. He really needs no introduction as he started out DJing in the clubs in Manchester way back in the 80’s and is now almost legendary after more than 25 years behind the decks. Garnier’s style has always been to find what is new and different; he is constantly looking for the next sound and this restless energy drives the beat to which the world has been dancing.
Sean Hughes ‘Life Becomes Noises’ at Vicar Street – 21st February
Ireland’s favourite son comes home on his latest stand up tour ‘Life Becomes Noises’ at Dublin’s foremost venue Vicar Street. Much of the material is focused on his Dad’s death, but there is nothing maudlin about it and Sean artfully knows when to chuck in a joke to lighten the mood. He also talks about growing up and his family and like many comedians, although their lives are essentially the same as ours, somehow they seem to make it funnier. If you are looking for a good craic in the dark winter months in Dublin then this is the gig for you, you cannot help but laugh at Sean’s Irish charm.
’All The Single People’ Party at Cafe en Seine – 14th February
Cafe en Seine is just outside the heady Temple Bar area of Dublin and so the clientele is slightly classier. However don’t think that this means the joint will be quiet as there is a party most nights here and if you are looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day then this is the perfect place to dance the night away in. Their “All The Single People Party” is officially a place for singles to meet and get to know one another, but really it is a great excuse for an alternative night out on Valentine’s Day. So if you are sick of all the hearts and flowers head to Cafe en Seine – it could change your life.
Ireland vs England RBS 6 Nations Cup at Aviva Stadium – 10th February
The rugby grudge match of the year between the 2012 second and third placed teams is going down this month. This is only the sixth game of the competition so far and so there’s everything to play for and nothing to lose. England is currently tipped to place second in the competition, one place above Ireland but everything could change at this match. If you have a ticket for the game then make sure you wrap up warm. If not, then why not enjoy the game at the Dublin hostel and settle in with a pint of the black stuff to enjoy the game and a great atmosphere.
European Masterworks: Celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union – 20th February
Ireland has the enormous privilege in 2013 to hold the Presidency of the European Union. To mark this momentous event the National Concert Hall in Dublin is presenting some of the greatest chamber music that has come from across the Union. If you are serious about strings or passionate about piano then this concert is definitely for you. With well known works from France and Germany to the more exotic like the Slavic and Nordic regions there is a multi-cultural diversity in the music that transcends the mere human passion. Tickets are only 20 €, so the chance to hear some of the masterpiece works of European composers is a must.
Marvels of Science: Books That Changed The World at Marsh Library – All Month
Do you love a good read? Whether it is the latest 50 Shades or something a little more cerebral then this exhibition will bring out the bookworm in you. The Marsh Library was Ireland’s first public library and for more than 300 years it has been bringing the written word to the Irish people. Some say that books are dying out with the rise of the internet and information at the touch of a button; and maybe this is true. However, in the not so distant past books played a huge part in the advancement of knowledge and on show here are 70 carefully chosen and beautifully displayed books from the Marsh collection that ‘Changed the World’.
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival – 14th – 24th February
One highlight at this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will be a special tribute to the acclaimed and multi-award winning actor Danny DeVito. There will be more than 100 films to see across the city and if you fork out for a season ticket you can get into as many films as it is physically possible to do in 11 days. Apparently, one person saw 42 films during one festival season! As well as the films there are Q&A sessions with filmmakers so you can get a unique insight into the mind of the creator and find out the whys and wherefores of your favourite movies.
Neil Delamere – DelaMere Mortal at Vicar Street – 8th – 9th and 22nd – 23rd February
With a string of TV credits and DVDs under his belt Neil Delamere is certainly here to stay. He has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and he is coming back to Ireland with his DelaMere Mortal tour. With stints at classic stand up festivals like the Edinburgh Fringe and Montreal’s Just for Laughs his home grown comedic style is globally popular. One of his most funny pieces was his hosting of the ‘The Only Viking in the Village’ on RTÉ where he explored his Viking roots. Have a look and we defy you not to chuckle.
Train at Vicar Street – 18th February
For a night of upbeat, catchy pop tunes about love and break-ups then head out to Vicar Street to catch rock band Train. This lively band from San Francisco is enjoying the success of their sixth studio album, “California 37” and its chart topping first single “Drive By”. Although some have said that the band’s sound has softened a bit since “Drops of Jupiter”, with the huge piano sound and big drum beat, there are still plenty of luscious guitars and strong vocals from Pat Monahan in their latest hit “50 Ways to say Goodbye”, it even has international superstar ‘The Hoff’ in the video.