The Bank Holiday weekend is so close we can smell it but if you're anything like us, with the previous Bank Holiday only occurring last week, you promptly forgot this one was coming and didn't make any plans.

If that's the case, and you can't make up your mind about staying in or going out (or both - treat yourself, sure), here's your last-minute guide to the best of what's going on in the worlds of music, movies, TV and events this Bank Holiday weekend.



Jafaris – The Button Factory, Dublin | Friday

One of the most exciting rising stars of the Irish hip-hop scene launches his debut album 'Stride'.

Patty Griffin – Cyprus Avenue, Cork | Friday

The Americana and folk star recently released her first album since beating cancer in recent years; catch her in the intimate confines of the beautiful Cork venue.

Pete Doherty and the Puta Madres – The Academy, Dublin | Saturday

The sometime Libertines and Babyshambles man brings his latest riotous rock 'n' roll endeavour to Dublin on Saturday.

Jason Lytle – Set Theatre, Kilkenny | Saturday

The frontman of American indie-rockers Grandaddy plays a solo gig as part of the Kilkenny Roots Festival, with support from Norn Irish folksters Malojian.

Dick Valentine – The Grand Social, Dublin | Monday

It's not a 'Gay Bar', but Electric Six's Dick Valentine hits Dublin's Grand Social on Monday to round off the Bank Holiday weekend with a bang.




While ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the biggest movie showing at the moment, and is making a killing at the box office, there is plenty more still showing in cinemas whether a. it’s sold out, b. you’ve already seen it, or c. you’re not even into Marvel/superhero movies.

Our top recommendations would be ‘Eighth Grade’, a deeply moving, wholesome movie about a teenager experiencing the awkwardness adolescence, and ‘Wild Rose’, an uplifting music-filled delight about an aspiring country western singer from Glasgow.

There are plenty of new releases hitting cinemas this weekend too. There’s big buzz around ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’, starring Zac Efron as notorious murderer Ted Bundy, while ‘A Dog’s Journey’ is perfect for families and all lovers of pooch pals. If you’re in the mood for a comedy, we recommend ‘Long Shot’ while ‘The Curse of La Llorana’ is showing for all you horror fans.




'The Late Late Show Country Music Show' will be taking over RTÉ Friday night, which is basically the Toy Show for country music fans. Guests will include the likes of Daniel O'Donnell, Nathan Carter and more.

If that doesn't float your boat, Graham Norton will be chatting to the one and only Kylie Minogue as well as Keanu Reeves, Jamie Bell and Taron Egerton.

Over on Netflix, 'Dead to Me' is new on the streaming service this Friday. It's a dark single-camera comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret. It comes with a great cast too, including Linda Cardellini, Christina Applegate and James Marsden.

Another new arrival is 'Knock Down the House', an unmissable documentary that follows the journey of four American women going up against well-established politicians for a seat in the United State's Congress. One of whom is the unstoppable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, so you know there's at least one happy ending.


Tommy Tiernan returns for a new series of his chat show and now in the primetime slot of Saturday night. If you haven't watched the show before, the comedian is left completely in the dark over who he is interviewing until they rock up on stage. It's usually pretty funny because when is anything not when Tommy Tiernan is around?

'Britain's Got Talent' continues over on Virgin Media One while movie wise you can catch Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron's 'Baywatch' on Channel 4 at 9pm.


Sunday marks the final episode of the current season of 'Line of Duty' over on BBC One at 9pm as well as the finale in 'Celebrity SAS: Who Dare Win for Stand Up to Cancer' at 9pm on Channel 4.

If you fancy a movie, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in 'Edge of Tomorrow' at 9pm on Virgin Media One, while 'You, Me and Dupree' is on RTÉ2 at 9pm.


'Game of Thrones'! The fourth episode of the final season will be available to watch on Sky and NowTV from 2am and if you want to avoid spoilers, we recommend watching it first thing. Don't forget to check out 'The Thrones Show' after for all of our reaction and analysis.

Also on Monday, the third series of 'Speechless' kicks off on E4 at 7.30pm while Richard Ayoade heads to Hamburg with comedian Bob Mortimer in the final episode of 'Travel Man' on Channel 4 at 8.30pm.

Not much choice movie-wise, but you can catch John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker' over on TG4 at 9.30pm if you're stuck.



Eternal Youth – May 3rd to 6th

'Eternal Youth' by Niamh Ryan is returning to Galway after development and two successful productions in New York City and is presented as part of the Galway Theatre Festival 2019. Focusing on growing up, mental health, and the choices and pressures on young people in Ireland, this piece was specifically written for young people to vocalise their experience and give these important topics the attention they deserve.

Riverfest Limerick 2019 – May 3rd to 6th

With fun for foodies, families, fun runners and water sports enthusiasts, there's a jam-packed schedule of events lined up in Limerick this weekend. Highlights include Riverfest on the Shannon, the Riverfest BBQ Competition, Riverfestival Village at Arthur's Quay Park, the Regeneron Great Limerick Run, and a spectacular fireworks display featuring world class Fidget Feet Aerial Dance.

Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival – May 3rd to 6th

The Smithwick's Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its 22nd year with an exciting line-up including Grammy winner Patty Griffin, Alejandro Escovedo, The Sadies, The Delines, Joey Landreth, Dori Freeman, Robbie Fulks, River Whyless, Susto and Jason Lytle.

Bray Jazz Festival 2019 – May 3rd to 5th

Bray Jazz Festival returns for its 20th anniversary this weekend. The festival has had a remarkable history, bringing a raft of heavy hitters from the jazz world to the North Wicklow seaside town. This year’s event will bring heavy hitters such as guitar giant John Scofield, multi-Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch, together with a host of leading name musical innovators from across the globe.

Dublin Dance Festival – May 1st to 19th

Dublin Dance Festival presents the best Irish and international dance performances in venues throughout the city to a growing and evolving audience and highlights this weekend include the sensation hit 'RIOT' starring Panti Bliss and 'Top 8 Street Dance Battle' which promises to be unmissable.


And if that isn't enough of a guide, here's how we'd spend our Bank Holiday weekend and how we think you should too.

May Bank Holiday weekend guide