Can't decide which Irish summer festival to head to this year? Take a look at our list below, which has everything for music lovers, comedy enthusiasts, and all the family.
Kilkenny Cat Laughs (May 30th - June 3rd)
Why not head to Kilkenny and kick off the summer in the best way possible - by laughing your socks off. Celebrating a massive 25 years of comedy, 2019's festival will play host to the likes of Dara O'Briain, Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan, Alison Spittle and many, many more. For full details on all of the tickets still available, head over to their website here.
#CatLaughs25: It's gonna be a big one.
— The Cat Laughs (@CatLaughsComedy) April 10, 2019
Bulmers Forbidden Fruit (1st - 3rd June)
Dublin is set to host the biggest Forbidden Fruit festival yet this June Bank Holiday weekend. Headliners on the weekend include Skepta, Elbow, Mura Masa, First Aid Kit, Ross From Friends and Jon Hopkins, with more yet to be announced. You can still purchase two day, three day, or single day tickets right here.
Only 9 weeks to go and we are delighted to add Jeremy Underground, Nightmares On Wax, Glasshouse Present Holocene (Music of Bon Iver), TOUCAN, JyellowL, Happyalone., Fia Moon & prYmary colours to the lineup..
— Forbidden Fruit (@ForbiddenFFest) March 29, 2019
It Takes A Village (May 10th - 12th)
Head down to Trabolgan in country Cork for the most chill yet also the most glamorous of all the Irish music festivals on offer. As well as It Takes A Village offering up some of Ireland's best musical talent, including Kojaque, Le Boom, David Kitt, Saint Sister, Lisa O'Neill, Pillow Queens, Junior Brother and many more, you and your mates can have an entire house to yourselves for the weekend. Tickets can be purchased here.
Who needs Game Of Thrones when you've got this quality of homegrown programming going on? It's Season 2, Episode 1 of 'The Fionnuala & Derek Show' ... Join the lovable rogues in 5 weeks time at #ITAV19 here in beautiful @trabolgan #Cork https://t.co/IsYUi1WIgc pic.twitter.com/EuvWEJomxx
— It Takes A Village (@ITAVfestival) April 5, 2019
Sea Sessions (20th - 23rd June)
Bundoran's Sea Sessions never looked so appealing. As well as top Irish and international acts such as Sigrid, Two Door Cinema Club, Dermot Kennedy and Clean Bandit headlining the festival, you can also head off for a spot of surfing along the beautiful Donegal coast. Tickets are available here, with limited availability left for Saturday.
Body & Soul (21st - 23rd June)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Body & Soul is back again this year. Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath is hosting huge international acts including US electronic artist Santigold, French chill-mix duo The Blaze, German dance duo Modeselektor, New York rapper Princess Nokia, and trip-hop Austrian duo Kruder & Dorfmeister. Head to their website to book tickets now.
NEW LEWK/NEW ACTS artwork for Body & Soul's 10th Year of Joy anniversary from 21st -23rd. Just the first of many exciting additions planned for the coming weeks!
Instalment plans and limited number of 'Spring Release' tickets still available @ https://t.co/Fn4tq57Po7 #bodysoul19 pic.twitter.com/au8WQc21Ky
— Body&Soul (@BodyandSoulIrl) March 22, 2019
Kaleidoscope (28th - 30th June)
From the family of Electric Picnic comes Ireland's biggest new music festival this year. Kaleidoscope is a new three-day camping festival for family and friends at Russborough House in county Wicklow, and the line-up was just announced last week. It's a mostly Irish affair with Bell X1, Wild Youth, The Riptide Movement, Laoise, Delorentos, Eve Belle, and King Kong Company announced as the first artists. Tickets can be bought here, and don't forget to use your previous Electric Picnic attendance as a discount too.
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⏰ LINE 💥 UP 🌈 ANNOUNCE 🐣 MENT ❣️ Have you seen the first Kaleidoscope line-up announcement??? POW TO THE WOW!!! And we're only getting started, there's LOADS more to share over the coming weeks. Exciting times ahead!! Let's Go!! Find out more at www.kaleidoscopefestival.ie Now!! #KALEIDOSCOPE19
Mother Pride Block Party (29th June)
In association with Dublin LGBTQ Pride, the Mother Pride Block Party will be doubling in size and throwing the biggest Pride Block Party Ireland has ever seen. Danish singer MØ has been announced as the headliner, and she will be joined by Daithí, Pillow Queens, Patti Bliss, Paul Ryder, Kelly-Anne Byrne, and Mother DJs. Tickets from €30 are still available here.
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Line up announcement: LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT: MØTHER PRIDE BLOCK PARTY: When released in 2015, her smash hit ‘Lean On’ with Major Lazor was Spotify’s most streamed song of all time, coupled with a string of hits, streams in the billions and an incredible stage presence, we can’t wait for Danish singer, songwriter and producer MØ to headline the Mother Block Party this June! Joining her on the line up, some of our absolute favorite artists! Ticket link in our bio!
Tayto Park Fun Fest (29th & 30th June)
If hopping on rollercoasters in between top music acts is your jam then Tayto Park's Fun Fest might be for you and your family. Featuring a whole host of throwback artists such as Liberty X, Atomic Kitten, and Rak-Su, there will also be the likes of The Blizzards, Nathan Carter, and Scouting For Girls thrown into the mix too. Tickets can be purchased here.
Look who called out today 👀 @iamNATHANCARTER
Don't forget to get your tickets to Funfest how on sale🎉 pic.twitter.com/6S0yMPEefW
— Tayto Park (@taytopark) March 28, 2019
Indiependence (2nd - 5th August)
A rake of great artists are headed to Mitchelstown in Cork this August Bank Holiday weekend. Bastille, Biffy Clyro, All Tvvins, Nothing But Thieves, Faithless' Maxi Jazz, Gavin James, Disciples, Laoise, AE Man, Tim Chadwick, and Lewis Capaldi are amongst the line-up. Weekend tickets from €149 are still on sale from their website.
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Yurt City (17th August)
Tullamore in county Offaly is also poised to host its newest music and arts festival this year. Taking place in the People’s Castle, Mongolian yurt tents will be dotted throughout the site as well as art installations, performers, chill out areas and plenty of international DJs. The line-up includes Adamant, Adult Store, Big Miz, Bobby Analog, Boots & Kats, DJ Boring, Karl Guest, Quinton Campbell, and many more. Tickets can be purchased here.
Love Sensation (17th & 18th August)
Huge international artists such as Lily Allen, Clean Bandit, Gossip, and Kelis will be taking over Dublin this August for Love Sensation. From the people that brought you the Pride Block Party, Mother are bringing everyone back to Kilmainham for a final late summer love-fest. Head over to their website to book tickets - but you better be quick.
We’ve had an amazing response to our first announcement, half of weekend tickets are now sold out 🔥 More act announcements to come, get your tickets quick 🎫 https://t.co/i7ci6xsO7A pic.twitter.com/K3cPVURqmJ
— LoveSensationFestival (@LoveSensation__) April 3, 2019
The Playing Fields (24th & 25th August)
Rounding out our list of great Irish summer festivals is Kildare's newest. The Playing Fields is a brand new festival based in the Clane GAA Grounds, and will feature great Irish artists such as The Stunning, The Frank & Walters, Jerry Fish, The 4 Of Us, Declan O’Rourke, The 2 Johnnies, and the Dublin Gospel Choir. Tickets are €39.50 for a one day ticket, and €69.50 for the two days, which can be bought here.
— The Playing Fields Fest (@TPFFest) March 29, 2019