Take a walk…
Music is in Dublin’s DNA. From stadium bands like U2 to sassy festivals like Hard Working Class Heroes, you’re never more than a few steps from a tune.
Get your bearings with a walk around Temple Bar, stopping at the Wall of Fame, an homage to local heroes like Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor and The Undertones. Around the corner in Meeting House Square, look out for the copy of a 1961 Fender Strat mounted on a redbrick building at Rory Gallagher Corner. It celebrates the legendary blues guitarist.
Dublin doesn’t just cast writers in bronze. A statue of Thin Lizzy bassist Phil Lynott stands outside Bruxelle’s pub on Harry Street. Outside Windmill Studios off City Quay, you’ll find a more temporary artform: wall-to-wall graffiti honouring Ireland’s biggest band.
The vinyl frontier…
Dublin’s Creative Quarter is crammed with high-fidelity music stores like The R.A.G.E (16 Fade Street) and The Secret Book and Record Store (15a Wicklow Street).
Both are begging for a browse, but musos simply mustn’t leave the city without descending into the basement ‘Drumgeon’ at Music Maker (29 Exchequer St.), either. This is where Justin Timberlake’s band jammed into the wee hours before his Phoenix Park gig, and other visiting sticksmen have included Chris Johnson (Rihanna) and Spanky McCurdy (Lady Gaga).
A big hit, then... ba-boom-tish!
Trad with a twist…
Wanna mix some traditional music with those clubby tunes? Dozens of old-school pubs host regular traditional music sessions, including The Brazen Head (Dublin’s oldest pub) O’Donoghue’s (spiritual home of The Dubliners) and The Cobblestone (an old man’s pub for the kids in Smithfield). It’s the perfect setting for a blast of the black stuff.
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