1. Fresh From the Sea / 25th – 27th Sept / Galway / Tickets

This exhausts us to say but, Galway City is hosting another festival. As Aisling Daly told us a few weeks ago: it really should be named ‘Festavia‘! This weekend, The Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival kicks off at locations all around the City, kindly sponsored by Guinness, The Galway Independent, Failte Ireland, and many more. Loved the world over as one the oldest food extravaganzas, visitors can look forward to: Oyster opening competitions, live music, DJs, food trials, Atlantic seafood tastings, masquerade ball, and Galwegians’ favourite night-time activity, the ever present silent disco. Tickets €10-€40.

2. Into the Unknown / 26th Sept / Dublin / Tickets 

Portland Psychadellic R&B oufit Unknown Mortal Orchestra are: Ruban Nielson, Jacob Portrait, Riley Geare and Quincy McCrary. This highly-anticipated return to our shores follows the success of their latest album, Multilove; an album which was written about, you guessed it, polygamous relationships! Check them out below. if you like what you hear tickets for €16.50 are available from Ticketmaster.ie.

3. Rack of Jam / 26th Sept / Sligo / FREE!

Bluegrass/American Roots rockers Rackhouse Pilfer return to Sligo’s premier live music venue, 5th on Teeling, this Saturday. Leon and his band of bearded brethren have become known country wide for their brand of high energy alt-country folk; a gig not to missed. Doors @ 10:30 pm.

4. Tellin’ Tall Tales / 23rd – 26th Sept / Cork / Tickets

The 16th annual Cork International Story Festival has been in full swing at Triskel Christchurch and at various locations throughout the city, since  Wednesday; by all accounts it’s been amazing. On Friday, Marie-Helene Bertino will be literature at Cork City Library (free), and on Saturday, there will be a thought provoking panel discussion on ‘What Editors Want?’ at Triskel Arts Centre (€9). For a full list of events check out corkshortsory.net.