Exciting restaurant news, Lizzo’s shapewear and 13 other things you need to know about

Gigs, festivals, events and films ... here’s what’s trending this week

1. La Gordita

The most exciting food news of early summer: Dublin’s Las Tapas De Lola opening a bodega-style spot on Montague Street

2. Party Scene

A new show from THISISPOPBABY booking now for June at Cork Midsummer Festival and Project Arts Centre

3. Afropopcity

Limerick party and gig organisers building a community of afrobeat-lovers

4. Fastnet Film Festival

Cracking short film festival in Schull, May 25th-29th


5. Vins De Copains

Natural wine tasting at the Universal in Galway, Note in Dublin, and L’Atitude 51 in Cork on May 18th

6. Yitty

Shapewear by Lizzo

7. Our Place In Space

Oliver Jeffers’ solar system sculpture trail in Derry until May 22nd

8. Arran Street East textiles

A stunning collection made with wool from Donegal Yarns

9. Double Happy

The cult Dublin 7 neighbourhood Chinese restaurant Hakkahan has opened a sister takeaway in Rathmines

10. Galway Folk Festival 

Villagers and John Francis Flynn are amongst those in the west mid-June

11. Stretch tents

The architecture of the summer

12. Dublin Is Sound

All ages gig by Nialler9 featuring Gemma Dunleavy at Lost Lane on Sunday

13. The return of the rom-com

It’s been simmering for a while, but now Meg Ryan will direct and star in What Happens Later

14. Neon’s staying power

Not just a blip, neon is hanging around in suit and dress form for a while yet