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The Ultimate Last Minute Guide to Festivals In Ireland

We've put together a comprehensive list of all music, arts and entertainment festivals in Ireland or at least the festivals we know about. Scroll around our map for the quick links.

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Barndance Festival

Updated on 20/02/2018
  • When

    Good Friday Bank Holiday - 30th March 2018

  • Where
    Glendalough House, Co.Wicklow
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Boots & Kats + Many many more TBA
  • Who it's for

    Party goers who like to stir together music, art, community and cuisine.

  • The Good
    Bring your own beer on a day where everyone else’s doors are closed!
  • The Bad
    A 90min travel time from Dublin city centre means getting there can take a while.

Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots

Updated on 20/02/2018
  • When
    May bank holiday weekend.
  • Where
    Over 40 Irish and international acts and with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night in Kilkenny city centre.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    All forms of Americana are represented over the four days with over 30 acts from Ireland, USA, Canada, UK and Sweden.
  • Who it's for
    Audiences to wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues.
  • The Good
    There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles will be catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues.
  • The Bad
    If you don’t like Americana its best avoided.

Acoustic Yard Festival

Updated on 04/04/2018
  • When
    11th-13th May
  • Where
    Initially started up as a monthly event in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar it’s become a full two-day festival with workshops, talks and gigs around Westport, County Mayo.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Mundy and The Four Of Us headline alongside other well known singer-songwriters from Ireland and abroad.
  • Who it's for
    Anyone interested in the craft of song writing in both the contemporary and traditional form.
  • The Good
    A platform for singer/songwriters to perform their own songs and for audiences to listen to original music in a relaxed environment.
  • The Bad
    Catering to the needs of the working musician more than the average gig goer might find it too niche.

Galway Early Music Festival

Updated on 26/04/2018
  • When
    24th-27th May
  • Where
    In different venues across Galway city.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Simone Sorini will be playing at Nun’s Island Theatre on Saturday 26th May at 4pm, with his medieval duo Simone Sorini Syrenarum which includes Claudia Viviani on voice and percussion with Simone on Lute and voice.
  • Who it's for
    Anyone interested in medieval, renaissance and baroque music.
  • The Good
    With concerts, workshops, talks, demonstrations, music on the streets and family events, the Festival fills the medieval streets and venues of Galway with music and colour
  • The Bad
    These distinct genres of music might not be for everyone.

Life Festival

Updated on 29/01/2018
  • When
    26th -28th May
  • Where
    An open air festival to celebrate music and dance peacefully with international, multilingual, multicoloured people from dozens of countries in the world in the beautiful gardens of Belvedere House in county Westmeath.
  • Headliners & Highlights

    Fatboy Slim and Armand Van Helden.Home-grown and International dance acts are the order of the day.

  • Who it's for
    Fans of electronic dance music can look forward to live performances and DJ sets.
  • The Good
    An innovative line-up blends live bands and alternative electronic acts promoting both national and international. They’ve come a long way from humble beginnings.
  • The Bad
    With the dance-heavy line up its best avoided if you are looking for a relaxing weekend.

Open House Bangor

Updated 16/05/2018
  • When
    May, June and August
  • Where
    Bangor Seafront and other venues in the area.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Beth Rowley, The Waterboys, John Grant, PIL and The Undertones.
  • Who it's for
    A hand-picked music and arts festival every August in Bangor, County Down. Events run throughout Northern Ireland all year round.
  • The Good
    An innovative blend of international and national acts in a picturesque setting.
  • The Bad
    Getting to Bangor from outside Ulster could be too long a trip for some.

AVA Festival

Updated 26/01/2018
  • When

    1st and 2nd June.

  • Where
    Electronic music and digital visual arts from Northern and Southern Ireland in an Audio Visual Arts Festival and Conference in Belfast.
  • Headliners & Highlights

    Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind by Jeff Mills and Guilllaume Marmin. Home-grown and International dance acts are the order of the day.

  • Who it's for
    Fans of electronic dance music can look forward to live performances and DJ sets.
  • The Good
    An innovative line-up blends live bands and alternative electronic acts promoting both national and international. They’ve come a long way from humble beginnings.
  • The Bad
    With the dance-heavy line up its best avoided if you are looking for a relaxing weekend.

Vantastival

Updated 26/01/2018
  • When

    1st - 3rd June

  • Where
    A completely independent, family run festival that started in 2009 situated in Beaulieu House and Gardens, Drogheda, County Louth.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Le Galaxie, The Stunning, RSAG and Loah headline with other Irish musical talent.
  • Who it's for
    Mostly campervan enthusiasts, but there’s a bit of something for everyone.
  • The Good
    Affordable pricing and ‘Bring Your Own Booze’ policy make this a great value for money festival.
  • The Bad
    Transport to the event is tricky, and taxi-based, if you don’t drive.

Forbidden Fruit

Updated 26/01/2018
  • When

    2nd - 4th June.

  • Where
    A unique city centre festival that combines music, spoken word, art, fashion, food and simple good vibes on the grounds of the Irish Museum Of Modern Art, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.
  • Headliners & Highlights

    Justice, Bonobo and Justice top each night respectively. An assortment of high quality Irish and international acts fill out the rest of the billing.

  • Who it's for
    Those wanting a wide selection of different styles of music, cutting-edge sound, comedy, art, good food, and festival fun.
  • The Good
    Beautiful venue grounds and convenient distance to the city centre for after-parties.
  • The Bad

    Gig goers are, by and large, aged 18-35, so don’t expect much by way of family friendliness.

Belsonic

Updated on 29/01/2018
  • When
    16th-24th June.
  • Where
    An outdoor music festival in August that takes place in the idyllic setting at Ormeau Park, Belfast. A host of international headliners play in the city centre of Belfast.
  • Headliners & Highlights

    Stadium acts like The Script, Liam Gallagher and Picture This alongside more dance-based artists Carl Cox.

  • Who it's for
    Those who like their festivals fun and in a convenient city centre location.
  • The Good
    A festival that has built a reputation for being Belfast’s biggest and is now running over 10 years.
  • The Bad
    May literally be a bit too 'out there' for most UK festival goers.

Irish International A Capella Festival

Updated on 16/05/2018
  • When
    22nd-24th June.
  • Where
    A host of international headliners play in venues around Dublin city centre.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Ardú, Peregryne and Ireland's A Cappella Competition
  • Who it's for
    Those who want to be part of the Irish celebration of music without musical accompaniment.
  • The Good
    A festival dedicated to fans a cappella singing.
  • The Bad
    Might not be to everyones taste due the genre not being as widespread as others.

Sea Sessions

Updated 29/01/2018
  • When

    22nd - 24th June.

  • Where
    A surf music festival, on the coast of Donegal in Bundoran, winner of the IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year, that has become one Irelands most widely recognised small music festivals.
  • Headliners & Highlights

    Dizzee Rascal & Walking On Cars. A mixture of established international acts and unsigned bands coupled with beach sports events.

  • Who it's for
    Anyone looking for great blend of well-known and unknown musical acts as well as those who like their festivals in scenic locations but with plenty of other activities to do too.
  • The Good
    Located along the Wild Atlantic Way and with a family-friendly environment. It’s on an actual beach! If you like music and surfing - look no further.
  • The Bad
    It could get unpleasant if stormy weather decides to show up.

Body and Soul

Updated on 20/02/2018
  • When
    22rd – 24th June
  • Where
    A music and arts festival hosted on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle, a Glastonbury ethos on a much smaller scale with a family friendly attitude.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Fever Ray curates the friday night with more TBA & Late night forest area, kid safe area & camping!
  • Who it's for
    Anything from twentysomethings to much older. You'll see ravers, hippies and hipster parents with and without their kids!
  • The Good
    You can bring your cans into the venue and enjoy lots of sideshow attractions.
  • The Bad
    Can be a bit awkward to get to and you might spend an hour or so queuing for the carpark.

Folkfest Killarney

  • When
    7th - 9th July
  • Where
    A mixture of international artists, grass roots and rising stars in the surroundings of the Killarney, Co. Kerry.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Nigerian superstar Femi Kuti and The Bollywood Masala Orchestra will headline alongside Lisa Hannigan.
  • Who it's for
    Those with an eclectic selection of musical tastes.
  • The Good
    Acclaimed international and Irish acts in scenic surroundings along the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • The Bad
    The World music genre isn’t for everyone.

Groove Festival

Updated on 20/03/2018
  • When
    7th - 8th July
  • Where
    A family friendly, two-day summer festival situated in Bray's Killruddery House.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Heather Small – The Voice of M People, HamsandwicH, The Riptide Movement, Something Happens & Kila.
  • Who it's for
    Those who desire a chilled out atmosphere coupled with a friendly and fully independent festival experience.
  • The Good
    A good blend of music, food, and fun activities to create a feel good festival for the whole family.
  • The Bad
    A big focus on family friendly might not be your thing if you prefer more of an adult festival.

The Willie Clancy Summer School

Updated on 20/02/2018
  • When
    7th - 15th July
  • Where
    A major traditional Irish music, song and set dance event held annually in Miltown Malbay, County Clare.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    The cultural and intellectual side of traditional music with daily workshops on singing and the tradition, afternoon lectures and evening recitals.
  • Who it's for
    Students and Professionals of Irish Traditional music.
  • The Good
    Up to a hundred and fifty teachers, and hundreds of improving and competent musicians, dancers and singers drawing in thousands of listeners.
  • The Bad
    Might not appeal to those who prefer their music outside of the Irish Traditional genre.

Longitude

Updated on 22/02/2018
  • When
    13th- 15th July
  • Where
    Located in suburban Dublin within the grounds of Marlay Park, one of Ireland’s largest music festivals it boasts major international acts.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    J. Cole, Travis Scott and Solange headline each night of the 3 day line-up.
  • Who it's for
    Those who are based in Dublin and like their acts from the pop mainstream.
  • The Good
    It’s a relatively short distance from Dublin city centre and transport services run to and from the venue throughout the duration of the festival.
  • The Bad
    It’s a non-camping festival. Traffic congestion problems at the end of each night have become a regular feature so allow for serious time delays on your way home.

Ulster Fleadh

Updated on 16/05/2018
  • When
    23rd – 29th July
  • Where
    Different venues around Castlewellan in County Down.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Singing,Dancing and Instrument Competitions.
  • Who it's for
    Fans of workshops and singing competitions will be spoiled for choice.
  • The Good
    You can visit the beautiful surroundings of Castlewellan between festival events.
  • The Bad
    Anyone who isn't interested in festivals relating to Irish or Celtic music, dancing, and culture should avoid.

Galway International Arts Festival

Updated on 22/02/2018
  • When
    16th – 29th July
  • Where
    World premiere theatre, major art exhibitions and a stellar music line-up, and their 40th year promises a festival is full with extraordinary experiences around Galway city.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Music highlights include Kodaline, Caribou, Madness and Gavin James.
  • Who it's for
    Fans of music, theatre and visual art are in for a treat at one of Europe's leading international arts festivals.
  • The Good
    You can bring your cans into the venue and enjoy lots of sideshow attractions.
  • The Bad

Vodafone Comedy Festival

  • When
    27th - 30th July
  • Where
    Over 80 comedians who will perform in five fully seated indoor venues in the unique and stunning surroundings of The Iveagh Gardens, in the heart of Dublin.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Deirdre O'Kane and Dara O'Briain.
  • Who it's for
    Comedy fans are in for a treat with major international and Irish stand-ups performing over four days.
  • The Good
    The Iveagh Gardens are situated in Dublin city centre so there will be easy accessibility and a picturesque environment.
  • The Bad
    The sheer amount of events can mean your favourite performers shows might clash with each other.

The Beatyard

Updated on 22/02/2018
  • When
    3rd - 5th August
  • Where
    Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    The Jacksons, Orbital, Kamasi Washington and Little Dragon headline with dedicated games, panel discussions, talks and kiddie areas.
  • Who it's for
    Those who like their festivals with a bit of everything situated on a picturesque sea harbour.
  • The Good
    A quick train ride from Dublin city centre with a fun, nautical theme to dress up to. Tasty street-food markets. Kids go free too.
  • The Bad
    Outdoor festivals like this can suffer from bad weather.

Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

Updated on 22/02/2018
  • When
    2nd – 5th August
  • Where
    A folk festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend in Ballyshannon, county Donegal.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    The best of Irelands folk and trad songwriters.
  • Who it's for
    Those who like a mix of traditional and contemporary folk artists.
  • The Good
    Back in 2017 for its 40th anniversary and continues today to offer itself as a vital platform for emerging folk and traditional music talent.
  • The Bad
    Caters to a more mature crowd.

All Together Now

  • When
    3th – 5th August
  • Where
    Curraghmore Estate, County Waterford
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Fleet Foxes, Underworld and Roisin Murphy.
  • Who it's for
    A festival for families and kids, to enjoy, be inspired by, to be safe at, and to feel cared for.
  • The Good
    It's across 10 stages including an alfresco crystal ballroom.
  • The Bad
    In it's first year so teething problems could be a factor.

Indiependance

Updated on 22/02/2018
  • When
    3rd - 5th August
  • Where
    Multiple Stages across a wonderful tree lined 52 acre site overlooked by the Galtee Mountains in Cork.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Primal Scream, Jake Bugg and Walking On Cars
  • Who it's for
    Indie and Rock music fans mostly with a mixture of UK and Irish acts.
  • The Good
    You can upgrade to VIP for an extra €40.
  • The Bad
    There’s limited parking and it sells out quick so you’ll need to book early.

Carrickmacross Arts Festival

Updated on 22/02/2018
  • When
    10th – 13th August
  • Where
    An annual four-day multi-disciplinary festival that showcases the very best artistic talents from the Monaghan, Cavan, Louth and Meath areas.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    TBA
  • Who it's for
    Fans and supporters of Visual arts, original music, comedy, dance, poetry, drama, cinema and arts education.
  • The Good
    Affectionately known as Ireland’s ‘Biggest Small Festival’ and it provides a platform for emerging artists and inspires an appreciation of the arts.
  • The Bad
    Due to its location might appeal to locals more that those outside the catchment area.

Doolin Folk Festival

Updated on 22/02/2018
  • When
    15th-17th August
  • Where
    The fifth annual Doolin Folk Festival takes place in county Clare.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Paul Brady, Lankum, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
  • Who it's for
    An intimate setting that ensures that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit.
  • The Good
    Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s such as Lisdoonvarna down the road and from the deep musical roots of the county.
  • The Bad
    The folk based nature of the festival won’t appeal to those outside of niche interest.

Another Love Story

Updated on 22/02/2018
  • When
    17th - 19th August
  • Where
    A bespoke weekender of music, art, whimsy & fun, nestled in the quaint surroundings of Killyon Manor in county Meath.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    TBA
  • Who it's for
    Twenty to forty something’s looking a fun and friendly festival atmosphere.
  • The Good
    Surrounded by the woods of a beautiful country manor you can take it easy or just dance the night away.
  • The Bad
    Tickets tend to sell out quickly so book early.

Vital

  • When
    23rd and 26th August
  • Where
    The annual festival in Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Muse with support from Biffy Clyro on the first night, and on the next, Tiësto will be joined by special guests Clean Bandit.
  • Who it's for
    Fans of stadium rock and world renowned DJ’s.
  • The Good
    Why not make the day of it and enjoy what the city of Belfast has to offer.
  • The Bad
    The line-up caters mostly to mainstream music acts.

Harvest

  • When
    26th & 27th August
  • Where
    A dedicated country music festival taking place over 2 days in Westport House and Enniskillen Airport.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Miranda Lambert and Nathan Carter headline with home-grown talent that includes Una Healy and Donna Taggart.
  • Who it's for
    Those of a Stetson wearing inclination can go to either venue and enjoy the same performing artists since they will be alternating each night’s line-up.
  • The Good
    There are over 40 acts playing over the 2 days coupled with a wide range of camping options, a food village and dedicated dancing sessions.
  • The Bad
    It’s only in its first year so teething problems could be an issue.

Punchestown Music Festival

  • When
    29th - 30th August
  • Where
    Two-day lineup of classic pop bands from the 70’s to present day held at Punchestown Racecourse in Dublin.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Tom Jones will headline with other acts Deacon Blue, The Lightning Seeds, The Village People and All Saints.
  • Who it's for
    Fans of stadium rock and world renowned DJ’s.
  • The Good
    Those with a preference for past pop classics performed by the original bands themselves.
  • The Bad
    Best avoided if nostalgia acts are not your thing.

Electric Picnic

  • When
    1st - 3rd September
  • Where
    An annual arts-and-music festival which has been staged since 2004 at Stradbally Hall in Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    The xx, A Tribe Called Quest and closing out the festival is Duran Duran
  • Who it's for
    The festival offers everything from music to comedy, theatre to interactive art and holistic health to world cuisine.
  • The Good
    A wide range of mainstream and undrground acts make this Irelands most high-profile event in the festival calendar. It's also family friendly.
  • The Bad
    The high amount of gig goers and vast array of arenas and tents make it overwhelming to navigate and see everything. Always sells out early too so you need to watch for the early bird releases.

Dublin Fringe Festival

  • When
    9th - 24th September
  • Where
    A multi-disciplinary festival that curates, facilitates and offers support to artists across a range of art forms.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Dublin Fringe Festival draws more than 30,000 spectators for 16 days and nights each September to new and exciting art.
  • Who it's for
    Anyone interested in being part of the development of the Irish independent acts sector.
  • The Good
    For first timers and long time fans this is Ireland’s premier platform for emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the finest International contemporary performing arts.
  • The Bad
    The sheer number acts to see due to its busy program means you will probably have to miss some shows in favour of others.

Samhain

  • When
    28th – 29th October
  • Where
    An aircraft hangar just 20 mins outside Dublin in Westin airport.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Annie Mac on the Saturday and Liam Gallagher on the Sunday. Support from The Strypes and 2manydj's (DJ Set)
  • Who it's for
    With day and night fancy dress codes and with a theme of Mexican Day of the Dead lots of fun for ages 21 and upwards.
  • The Good
    A dedicated shuttle service from the city centre should make the airport easy to get to and from. The indoor setting will mean no need for wellies too.
  • The Bad
    Teething problems and upscaling of the festival from a few years ago mean that it is no longer BYOB. The entire site is 100% concrete so no camping for those who might like to stay for the two days.

Metropolis

  • When
    28th – 29th October
  • Where
    Music, Performance, Conversation and Installation in the industrial array of warehouses and venues within the RDS complex.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    TLC, Leftfield – performing Leftism and Death In Vegas.
  • Who it's for
    Twenty to forty somethings looking for a visually impressive festival in October.
  • The Good
    An award winning music and performance festival in only its 3rd year looks set to become one of the must-see festivals on the Irish circuit.
  • The Bad
    Its growth in popularity has seen tickets sell out quick and unfortunately there’s no option on one day tickets either.

Sligo Live

  • When
    25th - 30th October
  • Where
    Now in its 14th year, Sligo Live celebrates folk roots and indie music on the last weekend in October.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Vintage acts Paul Brady and The Saw Doctors alongside more the recent Little Green Cars, Rodrigo y Gabriela and King Kong Company.
  • Who it's for
    A folk, roots and indie festival on the wonderful Wild Atlantic Coast.
  • The Good
    Each year, almost 20,000 people from Ireland and overseas experience 100 gigs in warm, intimate and atmospheric indoors venues.
  • The Bad
    It will be difficult avoid a trad session, in any pub you visit, in case that’s not your thing.

Cork Jazz Festival

  • When
    28th - 31st October
  • Where
    Europe's biggest jazz party celebrates its 40th year across Cork city centre.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Multi Grammy winner Kenny Garrett.
  • Who it's for
    Those who want to see world-class jazz presented in venues across the city.
  • The Good
    Over 1,000 musicians in hundreds of music sessions citywide, it is considered one of the jewels in the crown of Irish festivals.
  • The Bad
    If Jazz isn’t your thing. With it being so late in the year weather could be issue too.

Cork Folk Festival

  • When
    28th September – 1st October
  • Where
    An annual folk and traditional music event that takes place in Cork city.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Donovan and Andy Irvine.
  • Who it's for
    Traditional and folk concert goers are treated to several venues.
  • The Good
    Fans of Rory Gallagher will be treated to a concert with his onetime favourite fiddle player Joe O’ Donnell.
  • The Bad
    Not for the younger music fan.

Other Voices

  • When
    Month of December.
  • Where
    70 artists performing free gigs across Dingle in County Kerry. This seminal music TV series is recorded each December in this small fishing town at the edge of Europe.
  • Headliners & Highlights
    Wild beasts, Lisa Hannigan and King Creosote. Past performances include Ellie Goulding, Amy Winehouse, Elbow, The National, Damien Rice, Snowpatrol, Ryan Adams and many others.
  • Who it's for
    Those who want to discover a diverse range of artists, with a few special surprises along the way.
  • The Good
    A beautiful, magical, special place, a respite from the harried sell-sell of Christmas, a chance to enjoy a hot whiskey, an impromptu session and roaring turf fires.
  • The Bad
    The line-up caters mostly to mainstream music acts.

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