The Bank Holiday weekend is so close we can smell it but if you're anything like us, with the previous Bank Holiday feeling like it was only 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.

 

Music

FRIDAY - All Together Now Festival | Curraghmore Estate, Waterford

Friday sees one of the best festival line-ups of the summer take place at the Curraghmore Estate in Co. Waterford when All Together Now kicks off. Over the weekend, everyone from The National to John Grant to Patti Smith to Father John Misty will play – it's looking like a good 'un.

SATURDAY - Bombay Bicycle Club | Cork Opera House, Cork

On Saturday, London indie-rockers Bombay Bicycle Club will play the Cork Opera House, having returned from a three-year hiatus in 2018. With a new album reportedly on the way, you can expect a mix of both old favourites and new material in the mix.

SUNDAY - Beatyard Festival | Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Sunday sees day two of the Beatyard festival take place at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in Dublin; Scottish electropoppers Chvrches headline, with the likes of Jungle, Marc Rebillet and more also on the bill.

Monday - Angie McMahon | The Workman's Club, Dublin

Meanwhile, the Bank Holiday fun continues through to Monday, when soulful Aussie singer-songwriter Angie McMahon makes her Irish debut at The Workman's Club, in support of her recently-released album 'Salt'.

 

Cinema

The two new major movie releases hitting cinemas this weekend are 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' and 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.'

The follow-up to the 'Angry Birds Movie' sees the Angry Birds and Bad Piggies team up against a common enemy who threatens to destroy their island homes. It's ideal for families as there are gags aplenty for both kids and adults. The characters and animation are surprisingly charming. Aside from 'Toy Story 4', it's the most enjoyable animation we've seen this year.

As for 'Fast & Furious' spin-off 'Hobbs and Shaw' - which sees federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and assassin-turned-mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) forced to work together on a 'save the world'-type assignment - it delivers everything you would want and expect. Johnson and Statham are highly entertaining in the titular roles, joined by the likes of Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba and Helen Mirren, all expertly cast. The action is bonkers and explosive, and there are a few cameo appearances which audiences are going to love.

Still showing in cinemas are 'Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans', 'The Current War', 'The Lion King' and 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'. For horror fans, there's 'Annabelle Comes Home' or 'Midsommar'. For adults, 'Pavarotti' and 'Rocketman' are also showing.

 

 

TV

Friday

You can catch the first two episodes of the critically acclaimed 'Fosse/Verdon' on BBC2 from 9pm on Friday night. It stars Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams and is a fact-based drama recounting the romantic and creative partnership between influential choreographer-director Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, one of the greatest Broadway dancers of all time.
Also on the box, John Cleese returns for the second season of his late-in-life comedy 'Hold the Sunset' on BBC One at 9pm.

Movie wise, you've got 'Gold' starring Matthew McConaughey on RTÉ One at 9.35pm while 'The Butcher Boy' is on RTÉ2 at 9.45pm.

Saturday

Mainly movies on the box today but there are a load to choose from. 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is on at 6.35pm on RTÉ1, while 'Veronica Guerin is on later at 9.35pm. Over on RTÉ2, 'Now You See Me 2' is on at 9pm, and if you're in the mood for a bit of romance, 'Bridget Jones's Diary' is on TG4 at 9.25pm. 'Brooklyn' is also on BBC One at 10.20pm and well worth catching if you haven't already. 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is at 8pm on Channel 4 while 'Dumb and Dumber To' is on at 9pm on E4. Finally, 'Gold' starring Maisie Williams is on Virgin Media Two at 9pm (a very different flick than the McConaughey one of the same name on Friday night.)

In sport, there's a double bill of quarter-finals in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship as Limerick take on Tipp at 5.30pm while it's Galway v Waterford at 7.15pm on RTÉ2.

Sunday

'Love Island: The Reunion' is not to be missed on Sunday night for fans of the show as all the Islanders are back together again to chat about all the drama of the last two months in the Villa. Catch it on Virgin Media Two at 9pm. It's not quite Rose of Tralee time yet but you can get a taster with the Mary from Dungloe festival 2019 hosted by Daniel O'Donnell and Caitlín Nic Aoidh. You can also see what Poldark is up to at 9pm on BBC One tonight.

'Loving', the movie which earned Irish actress Ruth Negga an Oscar nomination, is on Sunday night on RTÉ One at 9.30pm. While 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' is on RTÉ2 at 5.55pm.

In sport, 'The Sunday Game Live' will see Tyrone taking on Dublin in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Super 8s encounter at Healy Park in Omagh.

Monday

Documentary 'When Michael Met Davy' is on RTÉ One at 6.30pm and follows 11-year-old visually impaired Late Late Toy Show star Michael O'Brien as he takes up Davy Fitzgerald's challenge of giving the Wexford hurling team a motivational talk before one of the biggest games of their championship season.

In a first for the series, two related celebrities join forces to investigate their family tree in 'Who Do You Think You Are?' at 9pm on BBC One as comedian and actor Jack Whitehall and his father and occasional double-act partner and talk show co-host Michael team up to look into their past.

If you're planning a day on the couch for this bank holiday weekend, you've got 'Back to the Future II' to entertain you at 3.40pm on RTÉ One. While 'La La Land' is the big movie on RTÉ at 9.30pm. If you're feeling a bit worse for wear after the weekend, take comfort that you won't be in as bad a state as the lads in 'The Hangover Part II' on RTÉ2 at 9pm. Finally, Samuel L Jackson and Colin Farrell star in 'SWAT' on Virgin Media One at 9pm.

 

Events

There's something for everyone on this weekend, from live comedy in Dublin to film in Wexford and more across the Bank Holiday weekend.

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