Festival Season is Coming

Much as we all might like to have flown off to Coachella it’s not feasible for most of us. That said, there are some fantastic festivals coming up over the next couple of months and they are right here in Ireland. Here are our top 6 picks.

The Kilkenny Rhythem & Roots

When: 28th April – 1st May

Where: Kilkenny

About: Everything from folk, blues and bluegrass to rockabilly this festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon, including Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Chuck Prophet and Ray LaMontagne. Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets of Kilkenny sampling the music. There are over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.

Forbidden Fruit

When: 3rd June – 5th June

Where: The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

About: Set across four stages this festival offers a wide selection of different styles of music combined with art, fashion and great food.


When: 14th July – 16th July

Where: Marley Park, Dublin

About: This festival features some of the best international and home-grown talent out there. This year the line-up includes Stormzy, The Weekend and Mumford & Sons.

Electric Picnic

When: 1st September – 3rd September

Where: Stradbally, Co. Laois

About: Electric Picnic is an annual arts-and-music festival, which has been staged since 2004 at Stradbally Hall in Stradbally, Co. Laois. This year’s line-up of stars includes Rag n Bone Man, Interpol, Chaka Khan and Duran Duran to name a few.

Other Voices

When: Not until early December

Where: Dingle, Co. Kerry

About: This festival is probably one of Ireland’s most unique music events. Other Voices attracts an array of artists from across the musical spectrum and past performances include Ellie Goulding, Amy Winehouse, Elbow, Damien Rice and Snowpatrol among many others.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

When: 1st September – 8th October

Where: Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

About: One of Ireland’s oldest traditional festivals, it takes place in Lisdoonvarna every September. Now over 150 years old the festival attracts up to 60,000 people from all over the world, who come for the music, the dancing and the ‘craic’. Go on. You know you want to go.


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