12 of the best music festivals happening across Ireland this summer

After a two-year absence from real music festivals in Ireland, it’s understandable that you might want to head back out into a field with your rubber boots, can in hand, singing along to your favorite tunes.

Whether you’re looking for huge headliners, a chic yurt or a family event, there’s enough diversity in what’s on offer this summer to suit any music lover. You don’t even have to camp if you don’t like all that malarkey mucky.

So if you’re bummed that you missed out on tickets to Electric Picnic this year, read on. Many other Irish festivals await you in June, July and August. Here is our selection of the best.

Forbidden Fruit, June 4 & 5

Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin

As the first major festival of the summer, Forbidden Fruit always sells out very quickly.

Taking place over the June bank holiday weekend, it’s the perfect musical weekend for anyone who balks at the idea of ​​camping or for Dubliners who don’t fancy a long trip.

And here’s a little secret: while the website claims all tickets are sold out, there are actually some weekend tickets still available on Ticketmaster. But we will have to seize them quickly.

Tickets available from ticket master

Wild Roots, 2-June 5

Lake Gill, Sligo

Wild Roots seems to be targeting anyone who thinks they’re right slightly too old for festivals now – judging by this year’s lineup, at least.

James Morrison, Booka Shade, King Kong Company, Felix da Housecat, Razorlight and Damien Dempsey are all on the 2022 bill.

There are plenty of other activities too, including kayaking, rock climbing, and aerial yoga for those feeling more adventurous. Plus, plenty of family-friendly activities and the largest immersive art installation ever in Ireland.

Tickets available from wildroots.ie.

Open Ear Festival, June 3-5

Sherkin Island, Liege

Open Ear is a small, welcoming music festival taking place on Cork’s Sherkin Island (population: 111 in 2016).

Festival-goers take a short ferry ride to the island from the Baltimore coast, for three full days of more obscure musical acts and plenty of craic. Perfect for those looking for something a little different.

You can even bring your bike. Just be sure to stock up on everything you need in advance, as there is no store on the island.

Tickets available from Eventbrite.

SoFFt Nights, June 4 & 5

Dunderry Park, County Meath

SoFFt Nights is a charming and quaint daytime festival for anyone who prefers a more laid back atmosphere.

Set near Dublin in the beautiful Dunderry Park is a family event with music from quality Irish artists including Tolü Makay, Elaine Mai, Lisa O’Neill, Kila and Daragh Lynch from Lankum.

Tickets available from tickets.ie.

Beyond the Pale, June 10-12

Glendalough Estate, Wicklow

Located in the beautiful town of Glendalough, Beyond the Pale is a new music festival with one of the most cleverly curated line-ups around.

In addition to musical acts such as Bonobo, Four Tet and Orbital, there will be performances from Kin’s Clare Dunne with her solo show, Sure Look It, Fuck It and Emmet Kirwan’s Dublin Old School.

Definitely one of the coolest music festivals this year, with many great Irish bands also on the bill, including Lisa Hannigan, Soda Blonde, Nealo and John Francis Flynn.

Weekend camping tickets available from itsbeyondthepale.ie

Andrew Hozier-Byrne aka Hozier performs live during Electric Picnic Music Festival 2019 at Stradbally Hall Estate on August 30, 2019 in Stradbally, Ireland

Sessions Wed, June 17-19

Bundoran, Donegal

One for surfers and beachgoers, Sea Sessions is based in (hopefully sunny) Bundoran, County Donegal.

The suitably upbeat lineup includes dance-leaning British artists Tinie Tempah, Basement Jaxx, Goldie and Joel Corry, with Irish music from Kodaline, Lyra, Kneecap and The Scratch.

This beachside festival is now in its 13th year and also features surfing, skating, BMX and more.

Tickets available from ticket master

Body & Soul, June 17-19

Ballinlough Castle Estate, Westmeath

One of Ireland’s best-known festivals, Body & Soul is back in force for 2022 with plenty to experience and discover.

This year, besides headliners such as Róisín Murphy, Sampa The Great and Mogwai, The Hennessy Hip Hop House returns, with performances by Mango x MathMan, Malaki, Aby Coulibaly, Monjola, JyellowL and many more at the vanguard of the burgeoning Irish hip hop. stage.

Tickets available from bodyandsoul.ie

Longitude, July 1-3

Marlay Park, Dublin

Catering to a particularly young audience these days, Longitude is the quintessential Irish festival for fans of mainstream and radio hip hop and rap.

The impressive list of big names for 2022 includes Dave, A$AP Rocky, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Baby Keem and Tyler, The Creator.

It is, as always, a non-camping event, which might make it a more appealing prospect for many.

Tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk

Otherside Festival, July 8-10

Rock Farm, Slane, Meath

A lovely small-scale festival, Otherside takes place at Rock Farm in Slane.

This year’s lineup features tons of top notch Irish artists including Saint Sister, Krystal Klear, Kneecap, The Boom, Soda Blonde and The Scratch.

Tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk

Independence Festival, July 29-31

Mitchelstown, Liege

Mitchelstown in Cork will host Indie 22 in July, with camping tickets and day tickets available.

Headliners Bastille and Rudimental are joined by a host of top Irish artists including Erica Cody, Bobbi Arlo and Bandon’s own popstar Lyra.

Tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk

All Together Now, July 29-31

Curraghmore Estate, Waterford

ATN returns post-pandemic with one of the most impressive lineups of the summer.

Over 50 artists, including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Underworld, Groove Armada, Jungle and Gilla Band, will land on Curraghmore Estate, Waterford in July.

There will also be comedies from David O’Doherty, Jason Byrne, Ardal O’Hanlon, Neil Delamere and Deirdre O’Kane, as well as plenty of non-musical activities.

Tickets available from ticket master

Electric picnic, September 2-4

Stradbally Hall, Laois

Closing out the summer after a two-year hiatus is Ireland’s biggest festival, Electric Picnic.

This year’s headliners include Dermot Kennedy, Megan Thee Stallion, Tame Impala and Picture This, with Arctic Monkeys and Snow Patrol capping off an epic weekend of fun and frolic on Sunday.

Tickets sold out in minutes this year, but it’s likely that spares will appear on social media and via resale websites closer to the time, if desired.

Wiley C. Thompson