FESTIVAL Coughlan’s Live 2014 Featuring gigs (some free) by Anna Mitchell, Booka Brass Band, Jerry Fish, Mick Flannery (sold-out), RSAG, Hot Sprockets, Adrian Crowley, Wallis Bird, and our good if ubiquitous friends, Special Guests.
Scottish singer-songwriter Dick Gaughan shares creative and cerebral space with the likes of Billy Bragg and Christy Moore. THEATRE Hamlet
Wild, whirling and thrillingly unpredictable, Thomas Ostermeier’s production is a lot like its protagonist. You could argue that Shakespeare’s play was always a kind of tragicomedy, and here this Hamlet pursues vengeance, ludic wit and performance art in a court festering with corruption. EXPERIMENTAL Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman have let sparks fly on their debut collaboration Laghdú. See review, page 13. Just one act in this diverse festival. COLLABORATION Dirk Powell, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Mc Goldrick and Francis Gaffney Music from Kentucky to Ireland via the Louisiana bayous. Dirk Powell is a musical force to be reckoned with; here he’s joined by actor Brendan Gleeson, Mancunian piper, flute and whistle player Michael McGoldrick and guitarist/singer Francis Gaffney. CLUB RBMA Belfast The pick of the weekend’s Belfast jump-off for the Red Bull Music Academy features a thumping triple-decker tonight in the shape of Skream’s Ollie Jones, Special Request’s Paul Woolford and the legendary Chez Damier. CLUB Satoshi Tomiie Here’s a throwback to a different era entirely. Once upon a time, Japan house don Satoshi Tomiie (below) was a fixture on the superstar DJ circuit. Now returning to the game after a spell away working in his studio on new releases, this is a night for anyone who remembers Tomiie’s Red Box thrillers of old.