The IT Fest: Irish Tatler's Definitive Guide To Festivals This Summer

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Music festival season will be here before you know it. In fact, it's kicking off this weekend in Dublin, Donegal and Kildare. 

We may be a small island, but our festival scene suggests otherwise. If you wanted to, you could attend a festival every single weekend of the summer. In terms of variety, there’s something for everyone with events ranging from electronic music to country, live art to music festivals, seaside escapes to woodland getaways. 

Whatever, your vibe - be prepared with our comprehensive list of lineups, ticket info, and schedules for the hottest Irish festivals of the year. 

Wellie season is a go. 

This Weekend

WHAT: Forbidden Fruit

WHO: Elbow, Skepta and Mura Masa top the bill for this year's Forbidden Fruit but with the addition of Fontaines DC as a headline act after First Aid Kit cancelled is a most welcome exchange. Spiritualized, Kojaque and Earl Sweatshirt are also among the acts.

WHERE: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

WHEN: Saturday June 1 to Monday June 3

HOW (much): Day tickets from €69.50. 

...Also This Weekend

WHAT: Rory Gallagher Festival

WHO: Former Deep Purple guitarist Glenn Hughes, Wishbone Ash and Bernie Marsden, who riffed for Whitesnake, top the bill. Legendary Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson is a late, very pleasing addition.

WHERE: Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

WHEN: May 30 to June 2

HOW (much): Day tickets from €30.

...And Also This Weekend 

WHAT: Cowboys and Heroes

WHO: A country western festival wouldn't be complete without Nathan Carter as the headline act but the highlight doesn't end there. Robert Mizzell, Mike Denver and Derek Ryan and Philomena Begley are also topping the bill.

WHERE: Drumcoura, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

WHEN: May 31 to June 3

HOW (much): Weekend tickets are €75.

And Another One This Weekend

WHAT: Leixlip Festival

WHO: Wild Youth, Hermitage Green and The Riptide Movement are among an exciting line-up of headline acts

WHERE: Court Yard Hotel, Leixlip

WHEN: May 31 to June 3

HOW (much): Tickets from €10.85

Your Castle or Mine?

WHAT: Backcombed hair and smudged red lips VS. studded black leather motorcycle vests. Metallica will take to the stage at Slane Castle while The Cure perform in the grounds of Malahide Castle...all on the same day. 

WHO: The Cure and Metallica

WHERE: The Cure at Malahide Castle. Metallica at Slane Castle. 

WHEN: June 8

HOW (much): Metallica tickets available from €96.65. The Cure is sold out.

Return of the Mac...sort of

WHAT: Fleetwood Mac are back, except this time without Lindsey Buckingham. However,  Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are replacement wingmen to Stevie Nicks and co. 

WHO: Fleetwood Mac minus Lindsey Buckingham

WHERE: RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

WHEN: June 13

HOW (much): Tickets are sold out


Return of the 80s

WHAT: A two-day stint returning you to the 1980s

WHO: Bon Jovi

WHERE: RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

WHEN: June 15 and 16

HOW (much): Tickets available for Bon Jovi’s Sunday show only from €93. 

Same Venue, Different Day

WHAT: Joined on this tour by special guests Vance Joy, KidCutUp and Bang Bang Romeo. With a new album and aerobatics, P!nk promises to deliver a show.

WHO: P!nk

WHERE: RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

WHEN: June 18

HOW (much): Tickets are sold out. 

Fesitval Weekend, Round 2

WHAT: Body & Soul

WHO: Modeselektor, Santigold, Katie Tempest and The Murder Capital are just a few of the talented artists taking the stage.

WHERE: Ballinlough, Co. Westmeath

WHEN: June 21 to June 23

HOW (much): Day tickets from €70

Also That Weekend...

WHAT: Sea Sessions

WHO: Sigrid, Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club will be in the mix to provide the sounds amid the surf and sand.

WHERE: Bundoran, Co Donegal

WHEN: June 21 to June 23

HOW (much): Limited day tickets available from €54.90.

The New Kid On The Block

WHAT: Kaleidoscope Festival

WHO: New family-friendly festival, Kaleidoscope has arrived with a solid line-up of tried and tested attractions as well as a number of newcomers. Acts include Bell X1, Imelda May, Delorentos, Wyvern Lingo, Wild Youth and Tom Odell.

WHERE: Russborough Estate, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

WHEN: June 28 to June 30

HOW (much): Day tickets available from €54.35

Bat The Beat

WHAT: Taking place at Trinity College Dublin, The Summer Series will see Vampire Weekend, Foals, Janelle Monae, Paul Weller, Stereophonics and New Order all perform on the college's hallowed cricket grounds.

WHO: Vampire Weekend, July 1. Foals on the 2nd, Janelle Monae on the 3rd, Paul Weller on the 4th, Stereophonics on the 6th and New Order on the 7th. 

WHERE: TCD Cricket Ground, Dublin 2

WHEN: July 1 - July 7

HOW (much): Tickets from €49.90

Just Down The Road

WHAT: Live at The Iveagh Gardens

WHO: Tash Sultana (July 4), Hall and Oates (July 5), Damien Dempsey (July 6), Jenny Green & the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra (July 7), Idles (July 11), Villagers (July 12), Aslan (July 13), Mac DeMarco (July 14), Garbage (July 18), The Academic (July 19) and Burt Bacharach (July 20).

WHERE: Iveagh Gardens, just off Dublin’s Harcourt Street

WHEN: July 4 to July 20

HOW (much): Tickets from €35.15

The Newcomer

WHAT: Forever Young Festival

WHO: The Human League, Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde and a host of other eighties favourites are heading to Kildare to take you back in time.

WHERE: Palmerstown House Estate, Co. Kildare

WHEN: July 5 to July 7

HOW (much): Few weekend tickets are available from €177

Speaking Of Nostalgia

WHAT: Stools, stools and more stools. 

WHO: Westlife

WHERE: Croke Park, Dublin

WHEN: July 5 and 6

HOW (much): Saturday tickets from €80

A Dream Duo

WHAT: A co-headline show by two living legends

WHO: Bob Dylan and Neil Young

WHERE: Nowlan Park, Kilkenny

WHEN: July 14

HOW (much): Tickets from €104.13.

The New Favourite

WHAT: All Together Now

WHO: The 2019 bill is arguably even stronger than last year, with The National, Patti Smith, Father John Misty and Fontaines DC all headlining the stages.

WHERE: Curraghmore Estate, Co. Waterford

WHEN: August 2 to August 4

HOW (much): Sold out.

...Also That Weekend

WHAT: Indipendence 

WHO: Biffy Clyro, Bastille, Lewis Capaldi and Catfish and the Bottlemen are the top draw of headliners

WHERE: Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

WHEN: August 2 to 5

HOW (much): Limited tickets from €149

CALL ME MOTHER

WHAT: Love Sensation

WHO: Top tier acts include Lily Allen and Clean Bandit, but it’s just as impressive as your scroll down the list. Gossip, Kelis and Soulé will all be performing on the main stage over the weekend as well as RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Monet X Change, Naomi Smalls, Jujubee and Laganja Estranja taking the stage. 

WHERE: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

WHEN: Aug 17 - 18

HOW (MUCH): Tickets from €65.70

Last, But Never Least

WHAT: Electric Picnic

WHO: The Strokes, The 1975 and Florence And The Machine, along with Hozier, Billie Eilish, Christine And The Queens and Roisin Murphy all aiding the strongest EP line-up we've seen in years.

WHERE: Stradbally, Co. Laois

WHEN: August 30 to September 1

HOW (much): Sold out.

Happy Festival! 

Main image by @epfestival on Instagram

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