Dublin Bus are the official transport partner of Culture Night Dublin. To help attendees navigate the city on the night, a number of free Culture Night Buses will be in operation across 3 tailored routes. Visitors can hop on and off at each of the stops and drop into their favourite venues.
To keep you entertained throughout your journey, a number of pop-up performances will take place on 3 new routes tailored to cultural destinations across the city. Featuring performances from: the Black Canvas collective; a brass trio from high-energy funk, hip-hop, jazz and soul groups Cooks But We’re Chefs and TBL8; Regina (Dublin’s very own life-sized Barbie) and The Queens’ world-class drag show; raw rock ‘n’ roll from new-wave band Basht; plus songs from a host of young virtuosic ceoltoirí on uilleann pipes, fiddle, banjo, accordion and mandolin.
Black Canvas performers
Culture Night Dublin are excited to stage performances from hip hop and R&B artists from Black Canvas, a cultural production collective. Aimed at supporting and platforming diverse voices in the Irish creative community, co-creating new spaces for interdisciplinary collaboration. The project is conceived by Tobi Balogun, a multidisciplinary movement artist working primarily in dance and fashion and through themes of racial context and masculinity. Alongside producer Karen Aguiar he has curated events such as Eascair – A Black Irish Renaissance, Black Canvas Curations, as well as curating and producing for other companies and festivals and supporting early career artists.
Cooks But We’re Chefs / TBL8 Brass
A trio featuring members from this on-the-rise 8-member act Cooks But We’re Chefs and legendary brass band TBL8 Brass will treat passengers aboard Dublin Bus to an energetic live set not to be missed this Culture Night. Cooks But We’re Chefs combine elements of funk, hip-hop, jazz and soul, with each member bringing their own spice and flavour to the music – creating an overall unique sound that is tricky to define.
The style-bending band, rooted in funk, are one of Ireland’s most dynamic and exciting upcoming bands from the North-West. Since childhood, the band has fused their innate ability to entertain with their passion for creating music and live shows that remain unforgettable. Playing many sold-out shows in venues across the country, along with festivals including Electric Picnic and Stendhal, allowing the band to create incredible playing experience.
“Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, the multi-genre sextet combines their influences to make a dramatic and captivating sound with some engaging lyrics. Their shows would be described as providing rock/funk grooves and melodies that fuse together to produce an exhilarating live show.” – Hot Press Magazine
“Unlike anything in the Irish music scene.” – Cobra Promotions
Fiadh Fitzpatrick, Ellen Scott and Peter Bennett (Uilleann Pipes, Fiddle and Mandolin)
Culture Night Dublin are pleased to present this virtuosic traditional Irish music group with Fiadh Fitzpatrick on uilleann pipes, Ellen Scott on fiddle and Peter Bennett on mandolin. With members from Na Piobairi Uilleann, Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, and The Grange Céilí Band, the award-winning Senior Céilí band of Camross Comhaltas, audiences aboard Dublin Bus can expect to be blown away by the best of trad from these young ceoltoirí.
David Scott and Conall Ó Cnáimhín (Banjo and Accordian)
David and Conall are talented young trad musicians who together form an inimitable duo on banjo and accordion. Hailing from Laois, the duo are members of Grange Céilí Band, the award-winning Senior Céilí band of Camross Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann. Comhaltas is a cultural movement for the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music.
Grooveline are an exciting, up and coming, five-piece teenage band from Co. Leitrim, Ireland, combining elements of funk, rock, trad and pop. Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, the quintet apply their influences to make a dramatic and captivating sound. Rock/Funk grooves and melodies fuse together with their significant energy and stage presence to create an exhilarating live show. In 2018 they won a national song competition with their debut single ‘Deis Dall’ and have played many gigs and festivals since, including Electric Picnic 2019-2022. They were nominated for best up and coming band of the year at the 2019 and 2020 NÓS awards as well as Song of the Year and Artwork of the year and have their debut single playlisted on radio stations such as Radió na Gaeltachta, Radió Rí Rá and Ocean Fm.
Regina and the Queens
Regina and The Queens will be bringing world-class drag performances to Dublin Bus this Culture Night. Regina George, known as Dublin’s very own life sized Barbie and Ireland’s top dancing drag queen, has performed alongside the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race and recently blew away audiences at Electric Picnic joined by the spectacular Queens. Hop aboard for a chance to experience drag royalty.
The buses will be in operation from 6pm and will depart every 20 minutes from routes starting at College Green, Bachelor’s Walk and Aston Quay. Audiences can enjoy free travel to Dublin’s many cultural destinations until 10:40pm on the College Green and Bachelor’s Walk routes, and until 11pm on the Aston Quay route.
Detailed route information can be found here.