PICK OF THE WEEK
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.