Japanese Popstars are set to play their first Dublin set in years as part of the Dublin Games Festival after party this Saturday in Temple Bar venue Club M.

The northern Irish duo rose to prominence in 2008 after the release of their critically acclaimed debut LP ‘We Just Are’, which helped galvanise their status as one of the most exciting acts to come from the island in recent memory.

Over the past decade they’ve been no strangers to Dublin having played numerous shows over the years at the likes of Tripod (RIP), including a memorable performance on NYE 2010 in the Harcourt Street venue main room. Performances like these saw the group win Best Live Act at the Irish Music Awards four years in a row. Having enjoyed mainstream success in the early 2010s with releases on Virgin/EMI and working with the likes of The Cure’s Robert Smith it feels like the energetic pair are ready to make their return to the underground and their return to Dublin is very much a welcome one.

Support on the night comes from live Saxophone-house outfit Cafolla & Engel and Dubliner Dave Kerr. Over the last decade Dave he has played all over Dublin, from warehouses and after parties, to some of the biggest clubs in the city. Some other big achievements include a set in the world famous House of Yes in New York City with the H&G Creations collective and also performing a live electronic fusion piece in the National Concert Hall with the RTE contempo string quartet.

If you’re unfamiliar with DGF, it’s a brand-new gaming festival that comes equipped with the following:

20ft, 2 Floor Mario Kart Racecourse
VR Experiences
Escape Rooms
Wild On-site Experiences
100 PC Fortnite Tournament
Retro Zone
Community Play Section (Tonnes of free gaming)
Streaming Stage (Twitch/Mixer & Youtube)
Children’s Entertainment
Esports Competitions
Health in Gaming Section
Business Section
Special Guests including John Romero (DOOM)
Sensory Rooms and Access for people with special needs


Tickets for Dublin Games Festival are available here, meanwhile tickets for the after party can be purchased here or on the door of the venue. The festival itself takes place in the RDS main hall on November 24th between 10am and 5:30pm and the after party gets cracking at the refreshingly early time of 7:30pm until late in Temple Bars Club M venue. The after party is strictly over 18s.

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