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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET ★ SEVEN DAYS - Pe­ter Craw­ley Tony Clay­ton-Lea Lau­rence Mackin

quite im­pas­sioned work in which prej­u­dices may start small but can swell and fes­ter. The only thing “other” about Mark Fitzger­ald’s ev­ery­man is his red hair, which leads him to con­front the “ac­cept­able prej­u­dice” of gin­gerism in so­ci­ety (played here by the in­ter­net). It leads him else­where, though, through the folds of mem­ory and hap­pen­stance dis­cov­ery, into the in­sti­tu­tional prej­u­dices that face a Trav­eller fam­ily, de­picted by Michael Collins. Us­ing mo­ments of spry move­ment and mu­sic (per­formed live by Sarah Kinlen) di­rec­tor Oonagh Mur­phy and her charm­ing cast en­sure a fluid, hu­mor­ous and af­fect­ing telling. FES­TI­VAL Dublin Bea­tles Fes­ti­val The or­gan­is­ers said the event wouldn’t go be­yond the first year, and yet – de­spite no fund­ing – here we are with num­ber three. The line-up is vaguely fa­mil­iar (trib­ute bands, ta­ble quizzes, etc), but there are two must-sees: The Bea­tles Ses­sions (The Cobalt, tonight, 8pm, ¤16), fea­tur­ing Big­gles Flys Again, Vyvi­enne Long and Dun­can Mait­land; and a su­perb doc­u­men­tary, Good Ol’ Freda (about Freda Kelly, sec­re­tary to the Fab Four), which is fol­lowed by a pub­lic in­ter­view with New­stalk’s Tom Dunne (Grand So­cial, Sun­day, 3.15pm, ¤14). Groovy, etc. TRAD Martin Hayes, Den­nis Cahill and Kevin Burke

Quest­love and The Roots

ME­TROP­O­LIS From the out­side, this fes­ti­val might look like a bit of a gam­ble for Pod and Hid­den Agenda, but there’s no doubt­ing the qual­ity of the cut of its mu­si­cal cloth.

New kid on the fes­ti­val block Me­trop­o­lis has plenty of big names to put up in lights, in­clud­ing The Roots (above), Hot Chip, Tiga, Gior­gio Moroder, Mark Ron­son, Float­ing Points (per­form­ing tracks from this week’s Al­bum of the Week, no less) Jamie XX and Chic, along with some lo­cal favourites.

Apart from the mu­sic, there is plenty more on of­fer. The fes­ti­val – per­haps tak­ing a leaf out of the book of the likes of the Red Bull Mu­sic Academy, which is cur­rently in Paris – has set up a Con­ver­sa­tions se­ries.

The Mad­ch­ester move­ment al­ways left me cold, and The Stone Roses be­ing back on tour moves me not a jot, but if that’s your kind of mu­sic, you’ll want to check out the panel dis­cus­sion on the legacy of the Haçienda, with Fac­tory Records and M Per­son Mike Pickering, de­signer Ben Kelly and DJs Dave Haslam and Greg Wil­son.

John Cooper Clarke will be in con­ver­sa­tion and per­form­ing at dif­fer­ent times, and Gior­gio Moroder will also have a stage to him­self. A panel on mu­sic and film fea­tures ac­tors An­to­nia Camp­bell-Hughes and Ruth Bradley with writer and di­rec­tor Paul Duane – though oddly no com­posers or mu­si­cians. Street artist Joe Caslin, politi­cian Aod­hán Ó Ríordáin, theatre di­rec­tor Garry Hynes, Imma di­rec­tor Sarah Glen­nie and di­rec­tor Jim Sheri­dan will de­bate What the Fuck Is Ir­ish Cul­ture? and M&E De­sign and The Project Twins will ex­am­ine mu­sic and graphic de­sign.

A host of the acts are DJing at af­ter par­ties around Dublin through­out the week­end, in­clud­ing Hot Chip, Quest­love, Flight Fa­cil­i­ties and many more, though you’ll need Me­trop­o­lis tick­ets to get in the door there too. me­trop­o­lis.ie.

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