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Live in the City

By Visit Dublin

20th November 2021

Dublin is reclaiming the spotlight and live entertainment is back. The curtain's going up, performers are taking the stage and a unique energy has returned to the streets.

Our vibrant city is buzzing, and the capital is the life and soul of the party once more. Whether you fancy a good laugh after a year and a half, want to peek backstage to see where the magic happens or can't wait to cheer at a concert, discover what’s live in the city this winter.

Best of Live Music at Whelan’s of Wexford Street

Legendary live music venue Whelan's of Wexford Street is flinging its doors wide open again. As one of the city's best venues for all genres, expect an eclectic mix of artists over the coming weeks and months on its variety of stages.

From old school favourites like Something Happens and The Pale to newer, breakthrough acts like Marcus, Whelan's has a live gig with your name on it. 

Enjoy a live gig at Whelan's of Wexford Street

Opera & Backstage Tours at the Abbey Theatre

Our national theatre is making a comeback as it resumes in person backstage tours at The Abbey. How does a production come together, and what happens behind the scenes during a show? Learn of the theatre's history, take a detailed look at areas rarely seen by the public and hear about the famous names that have tread these boards.

Return to these historic surroundings to experience a performance as opera comes to the Abbey with 
Elsewhere, a new production by Michael Gallen. Set in Monaghan in 1919, it blends reality and fantasy in dealing with themes of freedom and care.

Go backstage or thrill to opera at the Abbey Theatre

Music & Comedy at Vicar Street

Another iconic Dublin spot, Vicar Street in The Liberties returns to business as usual with a collection of unforgettable sounds and comedic treats.

With appearances by Irish music royalty like Christy Moore interspersed with established local favourites such as Aslan and Damien Dempsey, a visit to Vicar Street is sure to brighten the dark nights. Sprinkle in some laughs from the likes of Foil, Arms and Hog and Dara O’Briain and there's plenty to suit every taste.

Sing along or have a laugh at Vicar Street

Musicals at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Head for Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Grand Canal Square and prepare for a magical journey. You'll be transported by music, dance and drama with a varied selection of theatrical spectacles this season. 

Watch the Sharks and the Jets battle it out in West Side Story, be amused by the misadventures of Elders Kevin Price and Arnold Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, or follow Simba and friends across the African plains in The Lion King

Be captivated by a musical at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Live at The National Concert Hall  

The home of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the top destination for classical music in Ireland, the National Concert Hall is planning a string of performances to warm up your winter. 

Highlights include the Irish Baroque Orchestra performing Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, the Gealán Quartet playing pieces from Mozart, Sam Perkin and Brahms, and the Irish Chamber Orchestra's recital of Mozart's final three symphonies. 

Listen to the classics at the National Concert Hall

There's always something happening in Dublin

From an electrifying show by the next big thing at The Grand Social or The Academy to the timeless delights of Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight at St Patrick's Cathedral, the excitement of a night out is back with so many options for musical enjoyment. 

Go behind the mixing boards of the music making scene and tour Windmill Lane Recording Studios. In this active creative space, see where artists as diverse as Kylie Minogue and U2 made hits and tracks are still being laid down today.

Or explore another side of Dublin's vibrant culture on a Street Art tour with Alternative Dublin City. You'll hear the stories behind the colourful works that adorn the capital's walls. 

Go behind the sounds at the Windmill Lane Recording Studios


The city is bustling again and waiting for you to dive in and enjoy, with entertainment on tap day or night. Whether you’re looking for comedy, music or theatre our What’s On listings are ready to inspire.

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