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mission to thrill for many years. Between his work on the Ghostly and Spectral Sound labels, remixes for various pop blue-chips and releases under his own name (Audion and Jabberjaw), Dear has rarely paused for breath. He’s joined this evening by Matt Tolfrey, the Leftroom overseer whose ear for a good tune has seen that label provide elbow-room for Maceo Plex, Jay Haze, Laura Jones and others over the past decade. HOUSE Duke Dumont The pop-house boom has been good to Andy Dyment. When it comes to the weekend sound of the crowd, his tunes have been nigh on ubiquitous over the past two years. Dyment produces user-friendly house tracks that shimmy and shake and will join you for a luridly coloured beverage at the bar. Expect whoops of delight all night long for this Corker by the Lee.
MAY DAY MAY DAY That alert you can hear blaring signals the unofficial opening of festival season. From here until around October, expect festivals and events to be vying for your attention every weekend.
This weekend, there are two excellent options to choose from.
The Bray Jazz Festival
runs from Friday to Saturday, and the 16th edition opens with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra led by Pete Churchill, paying tribute to Kenny Wheeler. Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Ed Motta gets in the groove on Saturday night. US trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire (above) tops the bill on Sunday night (read his excellent interview on irishtimes.com). There’s also plenty of domestic talent on offer down the bill, including intrepid vocalist Sue Rynhart and Afro-Cuban monsters Havana Che.
Over in the wesht, things are more dramatic thanks to the
Galway Theatre Festival,
which runs until May 9th. Established in 2007 to give a platform to local work, the nine-day festival crosses theatrical boundaries and the city, offering circus, spectacle and old-fashioned plays in a variety of traditional and found venues. Midweek treats include a clown adaptation of Love’s Labour Lost (Bank of Ireland Theatre, 1pm/7pm); Witness, a glimpse of a translator’s experience with war testimonials (An Taibhdearc, 8.15pm); and a multimedia meditation on life in the dole queue, Waiting in Line (Nuns Island Theatre, 2pm/ 8.15pm).