Was it as long a week for you as it was for us? If so, you're probably looking forward to the weekend as much as we are but if you've been too busy to figure out what's on this weekend, we're here to help.

With the weekend in sight, here's your entertainment guide for the next three days, whether that involves staying in or going out.

You're welcome.

 

Music

FRIDAY – Mik Pyro | Roisin Dubh, Galway

The former Republic of Loose frontman is always worth catching live, and his solo material is every bit as funky and catchy as his former band's.

 

SATURDAY – Colm Mac Con Iomaire | Vicar Street, Dublin

The sometime Frames and Swell Season violinist releases his beautiful new solo album “The River Holds Its Breath : Tost ar an Abhainn”.

SUNDAY – Robert Forster | The Button Factory, Dublin

One-time frontman of revered Australian indie band The Go-Betweens, Robert Forster will play songs from new solo album 'Inferno' as well as some old favourites.

 

Cinema

Our movie recommendation for this week goes to the one and only Keanu Reeves and 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum'. Far and away the greatest action franchise of this decade, the third instalment has been hailed by critics (not just us, either) as the best so far. If you're not into horse-bound action and Halle Berry, there's also the long-awaited concert documentary 'Amazing Grace' showing in select cinemas.

Also in select cinemas is the acclaimed sci-fi drama 'High Life', starring Robert Pattinson, Andre Benjamin and Mia Goth. If you like your sci-fi weird, visually compelling and mind-bending, you're in for a treat.

'Avengers: Endgame' is still showing in cinemas, but if you're looking some old-school comic-book classics, the Light House Cinema is showing 1989's 'Batman', 1992's 'Batman Returns' and the camp extravaganza of 1995 that is 'Batman Forever' as part of a 4K re-release this weekend. If you can, check out all three - but if you can only get to one, 'Batman' is showing on Friday at 8.20PM.

 

TV

Friday

Everyone’s favourite Irish TV host won’t be on duty for 'Graham Norton' tonight as he’s busy at Eurovision. Still we’re curious to see how Jack Whitehall does at filling in his shoes for one night only. It’s another fantastic line-up between 'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie (aka Brienne of Tarth), actor Luke Evans and singer Paloma Faith.

Before that, for all fans of Man’s Best Friend, there’s new four-part series 'Puppy School' starting on Channel 4. It follows leading dog experts as they offer lessons to new pet owners. Ideal for whether you’re a seasoned puppy owner, new to puppers, or considering getting one.

If you’re in the mood for a movie, Irish classic 'The Crying Game' – that one you’ve heard of and always meant to get around to watching but never have – is showing on RTE2. Starring Forest Whitaker and Stephen Rea, it depicts a British soldier captured by IRA terrorists, and the long term repercussions of the friendship he strikes with one of his captors. If you can stay awake, 'Rocky' is showing later in the night.

Over on streaming, season two of Netflix's Danish post-apocalyptic drama 'The Rain' and season three of 'Nailed It!' both arrive on Friday as does Netflix Original film 'See You Yesterday', which sees two Brooklyn teenage prodigies build makeshift time machines to save someone from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

Saturday

Saturday is all about the Eurovision, but if that's not your jam, 'Britain's Got Talent' continues over on Virgin Media One while sports fans will be glued to the FA Cup final on BBC One. Man City play Watford at Wembley with kick-off at 5pm.

Sunday

It's all about the hurling on Sunday as Tipperary play Waterford and Limerick take on Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship on RTÉ One from 2pm.

Movie fans can catch 'Star Trek Beyond' on Channel 4 at 8pm, while TV buffs can enjoy 'Gentleman Jack', the new BBC/HBO co-production starring Suranne Jones, on BBC One at 9pm and the first two episodes of 'What We Do In The Shadows', the sitcom spin-off of the movie, on BBC Two at 11.15pm.

And if you're a 'Game of Thrones' fan, you might want to stay up until 2am for the series finale on Sky Atlantic, or at least set an alarm to wake up early on Monday to watch it because spoilers will inevitably be everywhere.

 

Events

There's something for everyone on this weekend, from craft beer to musicals and even a celebration of pets.

Irish Craft Beer Festival – 17th & 18th

Cirque Le Soir – 17th

Dermot & Dave Live – 17th

Avenue Q – 13th to 18th

I Hate Hamlet – 16th to 18th

Pets in the City – 19th