Icons from country music to comic books – what’s happening in Dublin this week

Country music, comic book mania and a local comedy superstar in the making. Check out our top picks for the week ahead in Dublin.

Country to Country 2022, 3Arena

Europe’s biggest country music festival returns to Dublin this weekend, with North Carolina chart leader Luke Combs, Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker and multiple Grammy award winner Miranda Lambert. They will be joined by various Country Music Association award winners and nominees, including Kip Moore, Brett Young, Ashley McBryde, Hailey Whitters and the acclaimed Nashville trio Runaway June. It’s a whole country under one roof.

From Friday March 11 to Sunday March 13. Tickets from €53.85. For the full line-up, stage times, booking information and more visit mcd.ie

Chris Kent, Vicar Street

It’s been two years since the best of Cork was forced to postpone its first Vicar Street show. Tommy Tiernan called him “one of the best comedians” he’d seen, which is high praise coming from a circuit legend. Now Chris Kent finally has the chance to show off his delightfully deadpan spirit on Ireland’s greatest comedy stage, with his new show ‘Christy Doesn’t Live Here’. A household name in the making? We think so.

Friday March 11. Doors: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: €22 (the original tickets for the 2020 show are still valid). To learn more, visit www.vicarstreet.com

Comic Con, Dublin Convention Center

The definitive pop culture, comic book, and fandom event of the year returns this Saturday. Covering everything from your favorite movies and TV shows to comics, cosplay and games, Dublin Comic Con invites fans of all ages to the Convention Center for an unforgettable weekend alongside some of the biggest names in the world. industry. Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) will be present, as will Emilie de Ravin (Lost, Once Upon a Time), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Scary Movie) and Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead, Band of Brothers). Plus, there are escape rooms, costume contests, crafting tables, interactive sets, a trader room, and, of course, a cosplay village.

Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13. For all. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Limited general admission tickets available from €21. For more information visit www.dublincomiccon.com

Remembering John Lennon, National Concert Hall

Some of Ireland’s most renowned musicians and personalities join the RTE Concert Orchestra, under the watchful eye of conductor Gavin Murphy, to pay tribute to the great and late John Lennon. Andrea Corr, Jerry Fish, Moncrieff and Soda Blonde singer Faye O’Rourke celebrate the life and work of a man whose extraordinary talent continues to amaze.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March. Main stage. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: €25 / €35 / €45. For more information on bookings and more visit www.nch.ie

Sharon Shannon – Unlocked, Draiocht

After two years of waiting, the people of Draiocht are once again welcoming the inimitable Sharon Shannon for what should be a memorable evening. One of Ireland’s most famous and prolific players, Shannon recently launched a new collection of EPs, The Unlocked Series, a compilation of songs recorded during last year’s lockdown alongside her reliable accomplices of the Big Band. Don’t miss your chance to catch this beloved musician, storyteller and icon in the flesh.

Saturday March 12. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: €30. For information on bookings and more visit www.draiocht.ie

Carmen, Bord Gais Energy Theater

Co-produced by the Irish National Opera, the Philadelphia Opera and the Seattle Opera, Carmen lands at the Bord Gais Energy Theater this week. You know the score. A soldier far from home named Don Jose falls in love with the gypsy Carmen under a scorching Spanish sun. For three hours, tragedy unfolds and our boy loses plot in Georges Bizet’s searing and unforgettable masterpiece. Paula Murrihy, Dinyar Vania and Celine Byrne co-star.

Every day until Saturday March 12. Sung in French with English subtitles. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets from €15. For more information on bookings go to www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

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