Irish Festival Guide – Galway Arts Festival – July 11th – 24th


Full details of the Galway Arts Festival were announced last week, and there’s some interesting looking events. It runs from July 11th – 24th all over the city and is usually worth a visit.

There are some good gigs, with Suede (July 23rd), Villagers (July 19th) and the Gloaming (22nd now sold out), but really that’s not enough to visit. The main ones that interest me are the new plays with Arlington, a new Landmark Production of an Enda Walsh play running from July 7th to 24th. There’s also Waiting For Godot by Druid, which runs from the 7th to the 23rd.

There’s also some visual art exhibitions by Hughie O’Donoghue among others. Go check out the full list of events here.

Festival Guide –


Listowel Writers’ Week – June 1st-5th

Down With Jazz – June 4th & 5th – Weird Glitches, ReDiviDeR, Snow poet

Vantastival – Fri 3rd – Sat 4th June – Beaulieu House, Drogheda – Badly Drawn Boy, The Hot Sprockets, The Young Folk, Jinx Lennon, Elephant, Sample Answer…

Forbidden Fruit 2016 – Fri 3rd – Sun 5th June – The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham – Tame Impala, Young Fathers, Steve Mason, Mmoths, The Field (Live), Underworld, Flume, Jungle, Kiasmos Live, Battles, Groove Armada and many more…

Cork Midsummer – June 7th-19th, 21st, 24th-26th

Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas – June 10th-12th- Borris House, Carlow – Martin Amis, Chrissie Hynde, Kate Tempest, Michael Chabon, Joseph O’Neill, Lenny Abrahamson, Stephen Frears, Simon Callow, Martin Hayes…

Carlow Arts Festival – June 10th-19th

Bloomsday – June 15th-19th- Dublin

Dublin Pride – June 15th-25th

Body and Soul – 17th – 19th June  – The Gloaming , Santigold, St Germain, Hudson Mohawke, Floating Points (live), Mercury Rev, Neon Indian, BadBadNotGood, Wolf Parade, Sun Kil Moon, Santigold, St. Germain, Mercury Rev, Sun Kil Moon, Wolf Parade

Hay Festival Kells – June 19th-26th – Kells, Meath

Sea Sessions – 24th – 26th June – Bundoran in Donegal – Primal Scream, Tinie Tempah, Ham Sandwich, Bad Manners, Pleasure Beach, Raglans…

Interlude – RHA Gallery & Ely Place – 24 – 26 June 2016 – Lisa Hannigan, Dimitri from Paris, The Sugarhill Gang, Crazy P Soundsystem, Booka Brass Band, Alison Limerick, Billy Scurry, Donal Dineen, David Kitt, exmagician, Ships, Sample Answer

Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Sun 26/06/16 – Sigur Ros with support James Vincent McMorrow
Tue 28/06/16 – Disclosure with support Vince Staples
Thu 30/06/16 – Stereophonics, The Vaccines


Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Sat 2/07/16 – Faithless, Le Galaxie

Dublin City Block Party – Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd July – Dusky, Matthew Herbert, Todd Terje (Full Band), Kelis

Groove – Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd July – Killruddery House, Bray, Co Wicklow – The Academic,  The 4 of Us, Ocean Colour Scene, The Blades, Aslan and Jupe…

Castlepalooza – Fri 1st – Sun 3rd July – Charleville Castle, Tullamore – Caribou, Jurassic 5, Villagers, Cat Power, Romare, Tiger & Woods and many more…

Live at Iveagh Gardens – Through July
Jul 8 Fri – Bell X1
Jul 9 Sat – John Grant
Jul 10 Sun Wilco
Jul 14 Thu – Pixies
Jul 16 Sat – Elvis Costello & the Imposters
Jul 22 Fri – Richard Hawley
Jul 23 Sat – Little Green Cars

Laya City Spectacular – July 8th-10th and 16th-17th – Merrion Square, Dublin, before moving to Fitzgerald Park in Cork

Galway Arts Festival – July 11th – 24th – Suede, Arlington (Enda Walsh), Waiting For Godot (Druid), Hughie O’Donoghue

Longitude – Fri 15th – Sun 17th July – Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, The National, Róisín Murphy, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Tyler the Creator, Action Bronson, Courtney Barnett, CHVRCHES, Mo, ASAP Ferg and more! ‪

Happy Days – July 21st-August 1st – Enniskillen lakelands – Samuel Beckett

Knockanstockan – July 22nd-24th – Blessington Lakes –

Indie Pendence – 29th – 31st July – Deer Farm, Cork – Editors, Bell X1, The Kooks, Ash, The Strypes, Hudson Taylor, The Blizzards, Idlewild…

the Beatyard – 30-31 July – Dun Laoghaire Harbour – George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Snarky Puppy, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Roy Ayers, Lee Scratch Perry, Tensnake


Kilkenny Arts Festival – August 5th-14th


Electric Picnic – Fri 2nd – Sun 4th Sept – LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, New Order, HAIM, Super Furry Animals, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Wolf Alice, Animal Collective, Wild Beasts, Broken Social Scene, Phosphorescent, Ezra Furman, Girls Names – Sold Out

Tiger Dublin Fringe – September 5th-18th

Culture Night – September 16th

Dublin Theatre Festival – September 29th-October 16th- Don Giovanni


Bram Stoker – October 28th-31st

Cork Guinness Jazz Festival – Oct 28th-31st


Other Voices – Dec 2nd-4th

NYF Dublin – Dec 30th-January 1st





Bray Jazz Festival

The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival


Bealtaine – All through May

Dublin Dance Festival

International Literature Festival,



Categories: Art, Dance, Festivals, Header, Music, Theatre

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