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Pub­lish and be damned – fes­ti­val fever hits the coun­try! Yes, it looks like the panic that usu­ally vis­its dur­ing the sum­mer months has ar­rived at least five weeks early.

In Belfast, there’s the ro­bust Cathe­dral Quar­ter Arts Fes­ti­val, which continues with per­for­mances from the likes of Inish­bofin Is­land 3pm 135/120 inish­bofin.com

The Webb Sis­ters

UK sis­ter unit cre­atively knit to­gether folk and pop tra­di­tions. Part of Kilkenny Roots Fes­ti­val 2014. Water­gate Theatre 8pm 120 kilken­ny­roots. com Also Mon, Dublin

My Dar­ling Clementine

Aka Michael We­ston King and Lou Dal­gleish – UK duo fond of and skil­ful with Ye Olde Amer­i­cana. Part of Kilkenny Roots Fes­ti­val 2014. Ryans Bar 9pm 112 Mark Mulc­ahy, Hamell on Trial (See What’s on Your Rider), Wilko John­son, Ti­nari­wen (above), Glenn Til­brook, Wild Beasts, Dum Dum Girls, and not one but two “fam­i­lies” – Hand­some and Fat White.

In Kilkenny, the an­nual Roots Fes­ti­val puts on a fine show with gigs from a vast ar­ray of talent, in­clud­ing the afore­men­tioned Mark Mulc­ahy and Hamell on


John Doe

Punk/roots singer­song­writer – tougher than the rest. As part of Kilkenny Roots Fes­ti­val 2014. Cleere’s 10.30pm 115 kilken­ny­roots.com

Van­tas­ti­val 2014

Three-day event, fea­tur­ing the likes of Fight Like Apes, Hot­house Flow­ers, The Hot Sprock­ets, En­gine Al­ley, Jinx Len­non and John Spil­lane. Bel­lur­gan Park 3pm 195/145 van­tas­ti­val.com Also Sat/Sun, Louth Trial, The Webb Sis­ters, Lyla Foy, Sturgill Simp­son, John Doe, Jimmy McCarthy and My Dar­ling Clementine.

In Co Kerry, Din­gle-based Féile na Beal­taine pulls off some­thing of a coup by se­cur­ing Lit­tle Green Cars.

In Co Louth, Dun­dalk-based Van­tas­ti­val sees the likes of Fight Like Apes, Hot Sprock­ets and John Spil­lane ply their re­spec­tive trades, while Drogheda Arts Fes­ti­val fea­tures a wide range of cre­ative types, in­clud­ing a gig from the ever en­gross­ing Lisa O’Neill. And there’s more – check list­ings for de­tails.


Mon, Cork; Wed/ Thurs, Dublin

Wilko John­son

One man, one gui­tar and all that noise. Part of Cathe­dral Quar­ter Arts Fes­ti­val. Fes­ti­val Mar­quee 8pm £12 cqaf.com

Girls Names

Su­perb Belfast­based rock act who clearly love The Cure and New Or­der. Spe­cial guest is Princess. As part of Cathe­dral Quar­ter Arts Fes­ti­val. Black Box 9pm £7 cqaf.com

The coolest UK folk singer-song­writer around? NCH 7.30pm 120/118 nch.ie

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