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Body & Soul Festival
Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath. All Weekend.
Body and Soul are doing it the old school way. 2012 is their third installment as a standalone festival and the Electric Picnic offshoot has begun to be considered a genuine competitor in the summer festival market. Starting small two years ago, the site, the acts and the audience has grown year on year, with tales of Ballinlough’s exceedingly chill vibes drawing people in just as much as the calibre of performers. This year sees their most ambitious line-up to date, with the likes of Spiritualized, John Talabot, St. Vincent and Villagers heading the bill. Shangaan Electro is our tip for performance the weekend though.
Bigfoot Presents: Xhin
The Academy, Friday, 11pm, E10.
Xhin (pronounced “sheen”) is one of the world’s premier exponents of harsh, progressive, futuristic techno. Born in Singapore, he has spent the last decade traveling the world and releasing music that blurs the lines between classic techno, IDM and black ambient. It’s not pretty, but it is sweaty and frantic and unavoidable. Bigfoot have set up in the green room at the Abbey St. venue so expect top quality sound and an intimate atmosphere. Secret after-party details are doing the rounds too, get in touch with Bigfoot on Facebook to find out more.
Robert Pattinson makes a daring post-Twilight gambit by hopping into the back of a stretch limo and letting David Cronenberg have his way with him. In this case, that means Don DeLillo’s thoroughly weird cast of characters, mountains of dialogue and Cronenberg’s usual veneer of sex and violence. It’s funny though, if you like your humor black. Taking place over the course of a New York day, Pattinson is Eric Packer, a precocious financial guru in search of a haircut. That’s all the plot details we’ll give you. It’ll be interesting to see what the Twilight fans make of this.
Elastic Witch Presents: No Spill Blood & Turning Down Sex
Twisted Pepper, Saturday, 8.30pm, E8.
What happens when you put together members of Adebisi Shank, Magic Pockets and Hands Up Who Wants To Die? Magic, that’s what. Pure heft. No Spill Blood are the cream of Dublin’s heavy music crop, channeling the energy of their respective bands into something new and just as brilliant. Matt Hedigan’s vocals are gruff and commanding which, combined with the spacier elements of the synths, makes for something not a million miles away from Mastodon wishing they were a punk band. Despite only being around a few month, No Spill Blood are already making massive waves with their debut EP set to drop on American label/powerhouse, Sergeant House, next month. Don’t miss it.
DIT Graduate Photo Exhibition
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square. Closes Sunday.
As June blows wet and cold to a close, the plethora of art school graduate shows also begin to wind up. Catching this one before it closes should be a top priority though, as the quality of work is excellent throughout. Much of the work deals with the country’s fiscal situation with Brendan Grimes’ Ground Under Repair finding dramatic metaphors in struggling golf courses.
Horse Meat Disco
The Bernard Shaw, Sunday, 12 Noon, Free.
The eight-legged London crew known as Horse Meat Disco are making their way back to Dublin for an all day party of old school disco and classic house. Famed for their residency at their HQ at The Eagle London’s Vauxhall, as well as parties in Berlin and Lisbon, the group are favourites at festivals all over the world and last weekend’s set at Lovebox showed they’re not letting up. Probably as close as you’ll come to the inclusive, positive vibe of early 80s New York, the holy grail of the clubbing experience for many.