The Dirty Weekender kicks off at the Pavilion this weekend and who better to get the party started than the one and only Jape. You don’t need any introduction to the man who won the Choice Prize a few years back, is nominated again for Ocean Of Frequency and well, is just one of the most talented men in Ireland. Richie’s also one of the soundest. And one of the funniest. Check out these tweets from last week: “Getting a campaign together for a bag of chips on the way home here – any takers put a couple of euro in your cdr drive – cheers! If you donate more than 50c to our ‘bag o’ chips’ fundit you get a iphone photo of three over 30’s mens Bunz DM’d right ‘atcha !”

And if that didn’t make you laugh, then the music will definitely make you want to dance. Opening for Jape is Cork band Saint Yorda. Still very much a group in its infancy, they are aiming to be Radiohead but fall a bit short. But I’m basing that on last seeing them supporting We Are Losers in the now sadly defunct An Realt Dearg a few months back. Maybe they’ve gotten tighter and can hit the high notes. Here’s hoping. Listen to some tracks below from Saint Yorda and then listen to the stunning musical achievement that is Ocean Of Frequency. More on the Dirty Weekender after the jump.

The Dirty Weekender lasts, er, all weekend in the Pavilion. Tomorrow sees Electric Underground’s fifth birthday celebrations taking place. Lone and Blawan, as well as some of the EU DJs will be taking to the stage over the course of the night. Here’s the poster. Saturday is a game of two gigs. First up is the opening night of the Lightbox tour, which features a number of Irish electronica artists, with accompanying visuals from Feel Good Lost. Artists performing include Simon Bird, Tenaka, Reid, SertOne, Bantum and the Karman Line, who replace Monto. After Lightbox, there’s a Friendly Fires DJ set. If it’s anywhere near as good as last week’s Crucial Party, which saw topless Tieranniesaurs dancing onstage with various members of bands wearing animal heads trying to impress a hula-hooper, then it’s going to be a good night. Listen to most of the bands I’ve mentioned above below.