Jim Carroll

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It’s the season for new venues in Dublin

The Bowery and Magistorium open for business in the city

Somptown Brass who open new Dublin venue The Bowery on October 28

Wed, Oct 12, 2016, 09:45


It seems that new venues in the capital come in pairs. Later this month, The Bowery will open for business in Rathmines on the site of the old Toast cafe. It’s a venue which was allegedly supposed to be called the Salty Dog after the Electric Picnic stage of the same name, but it seems that the pirate ship theme didn’t make it out of the woods.

The new venue, which is owned by Tom Bohan from The Oarsman in Ringsend and Brian Costelloe from Costello’s Tavern in Limerick and will be booked by Ray “Razor” O’Donogue from Sea Sessions and other ventures, will feature live music seven nights a week – it opens on October 28 with Stomptown Brass – as well as resident DJs like Kelly-Anne Byrne, Michael Pope (Le Galaxie) and Colin Perkins.

There will be also be a new name in the city-centre in the coming months in the shape of Magistorium. It’s taking over a space on South Anne Street which used to be home to The Crystal Ballroom, McGonagles and the System nightclub over the years so it’s great to have a venue back there again. The Magistorium business name is owned by Cool Force Ltd and its directors are Robert Wootton (the man who was involved in The Factory, Spirit, Columbia Mills and other ventures down the years), Mary McDermott, Mark Foley, Justin Baily and Michael Wright (The Wright Venue etc).

Magistorium is, initially at least, going for the trad and folk market with gigs on the schedule with Stockton’s Wing (November 3), John Spillane (November 10), John McSherry Band (November 14), Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill (November 17), De Dannan (November 24), Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny (December 1) and many more. Aside from the main room, the venue will also have an “intimate bar” called Scriptorium for emerging artists.