May 27th-29th, Belvedere House & Gardens, Co. Westmeath
Ireland’s leading electronic festival heads into its eleventh year (with requisite hashtag – on point, as the kids say) with an assortment of Irish and international heavyweights, including 2manyDJs, Laurent Garnier, Mano LeTough, Blawan, New Jackson and more. Early bird tix are all sold out, but weekend passes are available at the fest’s website.
June 3rd-6th, Killorglin, Co. Kerry
An unabashedly DIY, family-run fest in the Co. Kerry village of Killorglin, K-Fest‘s lineup is still in the confirmation stages for this year. With a mixture of music, visual art, drama, spoken word and family entertainment, the door is wide open for applications across all genres and mediums.
June 3rd-5th, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham
Forbidden Fruit leads with an electronic-heavy line-up this year, including bill-toppers Underworld and a Groove Armada DJ set. Aussie psychedelia monolith Tame Impala makes an Irish appearance following his world-conquering Currents LP’s success, while erstwhile math-rockers Battles continue their comeback.
Body & Soul
June 17th-19th, Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath
Possibly the most quietly impressive of this year’s summer lineouts, Body & Soul returns with Santigold, St. Germain, Floating Points, Badbadnotgood, and Mercury Rev at the top of the bill. Meanwhile, just look at the Irish talent: Rusangano Family, Bitch Falcon, Talos and Saint Sister among others. Final-tier tickets are still on sale – get ’em while they’re hot.
July 1st-3rd, Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Last week saw Castlepalooza announce its first round of headliners just as the election frenzy descended upon the media, and the job’s a good’un with Caribou, Villagers & Jurassic 5 headlining. The undercard is peppered with rising propositions, too, including Ireland’s finest psychedelic rock band, The Altered Hours, newly-folky troubadour Cian Nugent, and post-rockers Overhead the Albatross. A strong opening salvo.
July 8th-10th, Leades House, Rusheen Farm, Macroom, Co. Cork
A summer weekender addition to Cork’s bustling festival schedule, Townlands Carnival enters its second year with five stages, family activities, camping options, and more. Irish alt-rock man turned crooner Jerry Fish and Natty & the Rebelship headline. Dáithí, Talos, Saint Sister, The Altered Hours and Young Phantom round out an intriguing initial line-up. Tier 2 tickets available now.
July 15th-17th, Marlay Park, Dublin
Hip-hop’s undisputed king, Kendrick Lamar, and The National headline a heavyweight bill that sees Jamie XX, Father John Misty, Roisín Murphy, Tyler the Creator, Courtney Barnett and Action Bronson appear over the weekend’s proceedings. All Tvvins head up the Irish offering, alongside Otherkin, Pleasure Beach, and Saint Sister.
July 22nd-24th, Blessington Lakes, Co. Wicklow
Ireland’s most doggedly independent weekender celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, with tickets for the weekend still available alongside a handful of Sunday day passes. Family-friendly shenanigans abide, with art and other activities all over the campsite. The musical line-up is still under wraps for now, but in keeping with Knockstockan tradition, it ought to feature Irish independent music’s best and brightest.
26th and 27th of August, Cork City, Cork
Cork city centre’s ridiculously packed annual calendar of festivals continues apace with the announcement of the second annual 96/1 (pronounced ’96 over 1′). Last year saw 96 bands sprawl out into traditional and non-traditional venues and spaces around the island area of the city in one night, with all performances for free. This year sees the idea spread over two nights, with submissions for bands now open at the email address in the banner.