TWISTED PEPPER CLOSING PARTY, Twisted Pepper, Dublin, tonight-Tomorrow.
If you’ve lived in Dublin any time over the last seven years, chances are you’ve stumbled upon the Twisted Pepper on a late-night caper. And if you’re partial to techno, house, dubstep, hip-hop or anything else that bleeps, it’s a dead cert.
There was a collective sigh of nostalgia when the Middle Abbey Street Crew announced earlier this week that the club was closing — but they won’t be going out with a whimper this weekend.
The various promoters and collectives have brought over some of the biggest live acts and DJs over the years — with Surgeon, Shabazz Palaces, I-F (left), Freddie Gibbs, Raime, Redshape, Optimo and Andrew Weatherall just a few personal highlights — but it’s all about the residents this weekend, keeping it local.
From 9pm tonight there’ll be sets from CLU, Bedlam DJs, Sim Simma DJs, Junior Spesh DJs, Hertz-U Soundsystem for starters, with loads more over the two floors.
Tomorrow, long-time Pogo resident Barry Redsetta leads the charge, with sets from Hidden Agenda DJs, I Am the Cosmos, Discotekken, Galactic Beatclub and plenty more, to take the party well into phoning in sick on Monday territory.
Check bodytonicmusic.com for a full line-up, and keep an eye on the Bodytonic folks over the next few weeks, as 54 Abbey Street will soon be returning in a different guise.
THE BIG GRILL, Herbert Park, Dublin, tonight-Sunday
You can bitch all you want about hipsters getting hot wing sauce and craft beer stuck in their beards, but this bash in Ballsbridge will be the best spot in the city to stuff your face and listen to tunes all weekend — especially if the sun stays out.
All the city’s food joints are muscling in on the various BBQs, hog roasts, craft beer pairing, steaks, sandwiches and more, with wares from Ireland’s craft breweries, coffee houses and distilleries on hand to wash it down.
Kick back to talks and workshops including Jim Carroll’s Banter, Garrett Bradshaw from the Pig’s Tale and Levi ‘Reggae Reggae’ Roots, with BBQ, chilli and hot wings competition.
And if you’re not too stuffed to dance, manic turntablist DJ Yoda will be spinning off-the-wall mixes and edits on Sunday, and hip-hop DJ Handsome Paddy (right) will be playing all weekend, along with Bodytonic DJs taking a breather from the Twisted Pepper, Stomptown Brass Band, Morro 16 and Mama Kasbah.
REVERBERATION PSYCH FEST, Grand Social, Dublin, tonight & tomorrow
Another weekender in Dublin, this is one for the darker recesses of your psyche, with two nights of drone, insistent kosmische pulses and swirly psychedelia.
Reverberation is Ireland’s first psych festival, showcasing some of the most experimental local acts, with guests over from the UK.
Over the Grand Social’s two floors there’ll be guest DJ sets, a vintage flea market, classic movies, food stalls and memorabilia, for a proper urban festival buzz.
Tonight the Loft upstairs has sets from The Watchmakers, TAU, The Urges, This Other Kingdom, Otherkin and Elastic Sleep.
Tomorrow night, it’s over to Dead Rabbits, Cian Nugent & The Cosmos, Twinkranes, Documenta Drone Pop, Autumns and Magic Pockets.
DEERHOOF, Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Tuesday, & Whelan’s, Dublin, Wednesday, & Black Box, Belfast, Thursday
With 20-odd years on the fringes of avant-garde psychedelic indie-pop, San Francisco act Deerhoof are the ultimate cult band.
Now 13 albums in, their latest, La Isla Bonita, is another wonky departure from their previous LP Breakup Song. And counting back to their 1997 debut The Man, the King, the Girl, each album clears the decks, with the only constant a gleeful experimental edge.
With a line-up of stylised members that could double up as cartoon characters — led by mischievous singer and bassist Satomi Matsuzaki — they’re a compelling live force.
They were once described by Blur’s Graham Coxon as sounding like a bunch of 12-year-olds trying to play The Who, but there’s a hint of Boredoms, Wire, The Ramones and early Flaming Lips in there too.
Original version in Irish Star