Queer and alternative events happening this weekend

From a new queer night club to drawing drag queens, we give you the rundown on what's happening this weekend!

People dancing in a busy nightclub

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Ireland Music Week

Lots of queer Irish artists will be showcasing at gigs over the weekend for Ireland Music Week 2019 with the likes of ELM, Ailbhe Reddy, ELKAE and Kitt Philippa performing. See Ireland Music Week’s website for times and locations.


RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Viewing Party

Ariana Grindr is hosting a viewing party in Drop Dead Twice on Thursday, October 3, for Drag Race UK. It starts on the Big Screen at 8pm, followed by a Live Drag Show Starring Ariana Grindr, Dylatrix, Moonlit Sky & Kylie Lights right after. Drag Race themed cocktails available all night.


Strawberries Launch Party

“Strawberries” is set to shake up the queer night scene in Dublin city this weekend, with an electric mix of talented DJs as well as in house installations to further amp up the vibe of the evening. Strawberries are setting out to bring a new approach to queer nightlife with the blending of multiple genres and sub-genres of electronic music accompanied with these installation pieces which will transform the club environment. The inclusive and vibrant event will kick-off this Saturday, October 5 at 11:30 PM in The Sound House and tickets are still available but selling out fast.  

MASI Conference 2019

MASI (the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) is hosting its first conference this weekend marking five years of the organisation this Saturday, October 5th at Liberty Hall, Dublin. The conference will bring together those in the asylum system from across Ireland so they can speak on their own experiences of Direct Provision, asylum and deportation, as well as discussing the steps that can be taken in ending Direct Provision and creating a more humane asylum system.

The conference taking place from 11 AM -5:30 PM will be followed by a MASI party in the evening from 7:30 PM -10:30 PM. Admission to the conference is €10 or €15 including the after-party, however, both the conference and party are free for people in the Direct Provision system. There is also a suggested donation of €20, for those who can afford it, that will be put towards transport and ticket costs for people in Direct Provision.

Information regarding the MASI Conference taking place this weekend

Token Straight

Another new event bursting onto the scene this weekend is Token Straight, a queer comedy launching this Sunday, October 6 at the Jesters Comedy Club in Sin É.  The night will be packed full of queer entertainers, and of course, the token straight. Six of  Dublin’s top LGBTQI+ comedians will perform on the night including, Bláithín de Burca, Aoife O’Connor, Felix O’Connor and MJ Stokes and they will be joined by the token straight; Joe Rooney. Furthermore, there will be a live musical performance by Intergender Drag Entity Avoca Reaction and the event will be hosted by Token Straight’s own Emily Ashmore. The show kicks off at 8:30 PM on Sunday in Sin É and with tickets at just €10, it is not one to miss!

Acts set to preform at Token Straight comedy night this weekend

Drag + Draw

Drag and Draw - one of the queer events Valentine's Day Events on

Moving into next week, the ever-popular Drag + Draw returns to Street 66 Dublin this coming Tuesday, October 8 for its 13th event. Áine Macken (AKA Mackers) will once again lead the session and will be accompanied by the fabulous  Anziety who will be the model for the evening. The informal event is the perfect opportunity for drawing beginners to dip their toes in life-drawing with all basic materials being provided,  as well as providing more experienced artists with a not so run-of-the-mill subject. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at the door on the night, however, it is strongly advised that you book ahead of time as the event is extremely popular and there will be no guarantee of spaces at the door.  ISL interpreters will also be available on the night. 

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