The eagle-eyed amongst our readers will have noted us singling out Out To Lunch for praise for their irregular club nights run out of Tengu, the bar in the back of Yamamori on Lower Ormond Quay, since they kicked off proceedings in May of 2015 with a party with Traxx and Wino Boys. The men behind Out To Lunch, Simon Conway and Barry O’Donoghue, are themselves no stranger to the promotions game. Conway was the driving force behind the much ballyhooed Forza Italo night that ran on Bank Holiday Sundays in Odessa, as well as running Con Artist which showcases everything from contemporary composers like Julia Kent, to live versions of enormously popular Guardian Football Weekly podcast. O’Donoghue meanwhile is better name by his nom de guerre on the wheels of steel, Barry Redsetta, instantly familiar to anyone who has ever looked at any bill for the Twisted Pepper.
The Out To Lunch Weekender, taking place in four different spaces in the Ormond Quay venue – the Tengu bar, the Courtyard, upstairs in Ping Pong and the in the Main Room that is usually the restaurant – is their most adventurous gig yet. Start with a opening party on Friday night and running until the wee hours of Monday morning, the Weekender’s line-up sees many of the acts that Out To Lunch have brought to the city before (like DJ Sprinkles, Andras Fox and Laurel Halo) joined by a host of glam international names (like Lena Willikens, Peggy Gou and snooker legend Steve Davis) and the best in local talent (like Cáit Dip, Daire Carolan and Lumigraph), along with visuals from Algorithim, soundsystems provided by Hertz-U and Firehouse Skank, and food by Yamamori.