When it comes to the Summer time, I don’t think there is anything that beats a good festival! New festivals have been popping up left, right and centre in Ireland over the last few years, drawing huge acts from across the globe! I truly believe that there is something for everyone out there, you just have to find what suits you. Here is a list of some of the largest music festivals that Ireland has to offer for 2019.
Life Festival – Friday 24th of May to 26th of May 2019
Life festival, held in Belvedere House is Ireland’s most established electronic music festival. Attracting large international acts, as well as hosting home grown talent you can be sure to variety of acts here is nothing short of great. The line up includes Bicep, MK, Giggs, Boots and Kats,
Vantastival – Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2019
Held in Beaulieu House & Gardens in Drogheda, Vantasival is such a good vibe festival, and potentially a good one to hit up if you have never attended a festival before. They are celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year, so this year is definitely the one to hit! The line up includes acts such as King Kong Company, Wallis Bird, David Keenan and more.
Tickets can be purchased on Evenbrite here
Forbidden Fruit – Friday 1st to the 3rd of June 2019
Forbidden Fruit is held in Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend. This is a non-camping festival in the heart of Dublin known to bring an intensely hype line up every year. This year has a strong line up of DJs. Line up includes acts such as Elbow, Skepta, Jon Hopkins and more.
Sea Sessions – Friday 21st to the 23rd of June 2019
Sea Sessions is an epic surf and music festival in Bundoran, Donegal. Having been to Sea Sessions before, I can honestly say that it is a really great festival! It is definitely smaller than some of those out there (which makes it great for first timers) but I think the size really adds to how special the weekend is. There is so much on offer here between the surf, skate and musical side of things – not to mention the food on offer there as well! Line up includes acts such as Sigrid, Clean Bandit, Two Door Cinema Club, Dermont Kennedy and more.
Body & Soul – 21st to the 23rd of June 2019
Body and Soul is held in Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath. Tucked away in the woods, this is the perfect place for this kind of festival. This festival revolves around all things good for your body, and your soul! With music that will soothe you and various wellness talks and activities you can avail of, this is such a nice festival to go to if you just want to have a good time! It’s super funky, you will never get bored (although you will get lost!) and there is something for everyone. The line up includes acts such as The Blaze, Santigold, King Kong Company and more.
Kaleidoscope – Friday 28th to the 30th of June 2019
Kaleidoscope is a brand new festival held in Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Ran by the same company as Electric Picnic, this is the first year that this music and arts festival suitable for families is going to be held. The line up is very indie-esque and promotes some great young Irish artists at first glance. It looks like an exciting festival, and gives the option to purchase a day ticket (for any day!), a weekend camping ticket or non-camping meaning there is something there for everyone and their needs. The line up includes Bell X1, Tom O’Dell, Wild Youth and more.
Longitude – Friday 5th to the 7th of July 2019
Longitude is held in Marlay Park, Dublin. Similar to Forbidden Fruit, Longitude is a non-camping festival in the heart of the city. The line up for this festival is always very strong so strong that the tickets are already sold out! If you can get your hands on a ticket and you have never been, it’s worth still trying to nab one closer to the date. The line up includes acts such as ASAP Rocky, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Future.
Indiependence – Friday 2nd of August to Sunday 4th of August 2019
Indiependence held in Mitchelstown in Cork is one of the best festivals to be held in the South of Ireland. This festival is not small by any stretch of the imagination, and always hosts a killer line up of Indie acts. Go for the weekend, or on whichever day tickles your fancy most as this is one of the few festivals that lets you buy a ticket for each day! The line up includes acts such as Bastille, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Biffy Clyro, Gavin James and more.
All Together Now – 2nd to the 4th of August 2019
All Together Now is held in Curraghmore Estate, Co.Waterford and is celebrating it’s second year up and running this year. I think this festival is targeted at the people who enjoyed the smaller setting of Electric Picnic yonder years ago delivering that same, band-vibe line up. From what I have heard, this festival had a lot to offer in it’s first year, so I can only imagine their second will be even better! The line up includes acts such as The National, Hot Chip, Father John Misty and much more.
Electric Picnic – 30th of August to the 1st of September 2019
Electric Picnic is held in Stradbally, Co.Laois and is arguably Ireland’s largest music and arts festival. I literally can not speak more highly about this festival! This festival offers up everything you can dream of, from family friendly areas, beauty appointment areas and places to let your artistic self roam free to stage upon stage of musical madness. 2019 will be my fifth time heading to this festival and it’s still not getting old for me! Unfortunately tickets are already sold out, but if you are interested in going there are always some available closer to the time on sites like donedeal, gumtree and even Facebook. The line up includes The Strokes, Florence and the Machine, Hozier, The 1975 and more.
Any of the above tickle your fancy, or have you been to any of them before? I am personally going to try to go to Kaleidoscope along with Electric Picnic at the very least and I’m very excited! Please, let me know if there are any other major festivals I have missed and I will be sure to add them on as well.