It goes without saying that there's something for everyone at the Dublin Fringe Festival – whether you're into tear-jerking theatre, knee-slapping comedy, a mix of both or something that'll completely take you out of your comfort zone.
With a wealth of choice on offer, it can be easy to forget that there are a few musical gems in the mix, too.
With that in mind, we've selected five of the best music-related shows taking place at this year's festival.
LOAH & BANTUM | Pepper Canister Church, September 7th, 7.30pm
Two of the coolest acts on the Irish music scene right now, electronic artist/producer Bantum and musician Loah are no strangers; they've collaborated multiple times over the years, most notably on the Bantum track 'Take It'. The genre-bending duo are now joining forces for their first full collaborative live show at Dublin's Pepper Canister Church, where you can expect a mix of electronic and nu-soul sounds in this beautiful venue.
PLAY LIKE A RIOT GRRRL FEATURING SOAK | The Lir Academy, September 8th, 10am
If you've never heard of Girls Rock, it's essentially an organisation that encourages girls and young women to take up an instrument and put themselves out there. They're behind this day-long event, which will see a workshop and talk with established musicians, before a gig that's headlined by the inimitable SOAK.
MOULD INTO SHAPE | Meeting Point @ Science Gallery entrance, Pearse Street, September 21st (12:15, 15:00, 18:30) and 22nd (11:00, 14:45, 18:25)
Described as a 'sonic pilgrimage on board the DART', this is really where the Fringe Fest comes into its own. A mix of theatre, music and live art as you hurtle along Dublin's coastline, the experience is intended as a means of 'unearthing our national relationship to the material of plastic' – a controversial global topic right now. You'll board at Pearse Street station and travel to a site 'directly affected' by plastic, being entertained and thought-provoked by music and art as you go. You can't say it doesn't sound intriguing.
PRETTY FEELINGS | Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, September 11th - 14th, 7pm (matinees on September 14th & 15th at 2pm)
Part gig, show and painting (yes, painting), this unique show will see musicians from various Dublin bands, including Conor Lumsden (The Number Ones) and Ruan Van Vliet (Squarehead) partake in a storyline involving a “matchmaking agency”. Artist Katie Tynan has supplied the paintings, and the mysterious show sounds like both a baffling concept and an absolute must-see.
WE ARE LIGHTNING! | Ringside Bar, National Stadium, September 19th - 21st, 7.30pm
A combination of theatre with “fist-pumping euphoria” and “the power ballads of a stadium gig”? Sounds right up our street. Artists Joseph O'Farrell and Sam Halmarack will transform the National Stadium's Ringside Bar into a music venue that is about to close its doors for the final time; they'll be joined by a “teen band, a brass band, a community choir and ageing rockers from Dublin” as they play its final requiem. If you're a regular gig-goer, this one sounds like it could be particularly poignant.
The Dublin Fringe Festival runs from September 7th - 22nd; see the full programme at fringefest.com.