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May 20, 2017

10 “Must See” Irish Music Festivals for the Summer of 2017

by djkieranfurlong

The sun is making an appearance, shorts and shades are out and the beer gardens are being raided, what does that mean? The summer season is upon us and that also brings about some of the island’s best event when it comes to Music and Arts. Below I’ve listed some of the major festivals around the country of Ireland, as well as some local ones here in the South East.

Life (May 26th – 28th)

Life Festival kicks off the season and this dance music festival is a great place to get your groove on. Set in the stunning countryside location of Belvedere House and Gardens in Westmeath, it’s international acts include Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Goldie, DJ EZ and Alan Fitzpatrick, whilst it’s boasts a serious homegrown line up featuring Kaily, BodyTonic Djs, Republik DJ’s and Sunil Sharpe, to name but a few.

Forbidden Fruit (June 3rd – 5th)

Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham is set to be shaking this June Bank Holiday weekend. This year’s lineup is epic with Orbital, Aphex Twin, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat and Bon Iver headlining. As an urban festival, it’s a good one for those who like their home comforts and want to avoid camping.

B.A.R.E. in the Woods (June 9th – 11th)

This year B.A.R.E (Bringing Another Righteous Event) has expanded from a one-day camping festival into a three-day affair which is set cosily within the woods of Garryhinch near Portarlington. Headlining are House of Pain and Helmet.

life fest

Body and Soul (June 23rd – 25th)

Things don’t get much more magical than Body and Soul. Taking place over the Summer Solstice weekend at Ballinlough Castle, the grounds and woods are transformed to create a mystical atmosphere. You never know what you might stumble upon, with installations of all sorts around every corner.

The lineup this year is shaping up pretty nicely with Metronomy, Sleaford Mods and Vitalic to name just a few. However, the real magic of Body and Soul is having a woodland boogie at the Reckless In Love stage, or going for a midnight jacuzzi, or having a chance encounter with a handsome stranger under the moonlight. Other-worldly.

Sea Sessions (June 23rd – 25th)

If you fancy mixing some surfing with a music festival then Sea Sessions is the one for you. Set in the coastal town of Bundoran, Co.Donegal, this festival has combines music with surfing, ultimate frisbee, comedy, BMX-ing and tag rugby. Headliners include The Coronas, Primal Scream, All Tvvins and Mr Scruff.

Longitude (July 15th – 16th)

Another three day non-camping festival in Dublin’s fair city. Longitude takes over the sprawling greens of Marley Park and headliners include The Weekend, Skepta and Mumford & Sons.


Indiependence (August 4th – 6th)

Set in the foothills of the Galtee Mountains in Mitchelstown, Indie has got Manic Street Preachers, The Coronas and Tom Odellheadlining. It also offers a spoken word and a comedy stage.

Daytripper (August 25th – 26th)

Set over two days at the Gasworks in Waterford City, Daytripper seems to getting bigger and bigger every year, with headlining acts UB40 and Clean Bandit playing this year. Also on the bill are many Irish artists such as Jenny Greene, John Gibbons, Chasing Abbey and Marshal, among more.

Waves Music Festival (August 26th – 27th)

With a picturesque background of the beautiful Hook Peninsula in Wexford, Waves has been making strides in bringing crowds from all over to the remote spot in the South East. Based on the grounds of the famous “Loftus Hall”, this family fun Festival boasts an Irish line up including Ham Sandwich, Paddy Casey and Corner Boy along with local artists playing across the weekend.

Electric Picnic (September 1st – 3rd)

This one needs little introduction. The mother of all Irish music festivals closes the season: it’s an interesting line up with The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, Duran Duran and Pete Tong and The Heritage Orchestra headlining. Or you can have an amazing weekend without visiting the main stages and wandering around all the smaller stages including Trenchtown, the Salty Dog, Midfield and Body & Soul. It’s a sold out event, but dare you miss it?

All links to all festivals are in the titles if you need line up info, tickets or just checking out the festivals. Support Irish Music!

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