The Na­tional for Galway Arts Fest

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The pro­gramme for this year’s Galway Arts Fes­ti­val, which runs from from July 14th to 27th, boasts an im­pres­sive mu­si­cal line-up amidst the theatre, com­edy, vis­ual art and other spec­ta­cles.

The Fes­ti­val Big Top will host an eclec­tic ar­ray of acts from around the world, in­clud­ing Brook­lyn in­die-rock mer­chants The Na­tional (July 16th) and The Water­boys (July 20th), while in­flu­en­tial 1960s garage rock­ers The Son­ics, con­tem­po­rary vi­o­lin vir­tu­ouso Owen Pal­let and singer-song­writer Cass McCombs will all head­line the Róisín Dubh.

There’s a healthy smat­ter­ing of Ir­ish acts, with Imelda May and The Coronas play­ing the Fes­ti­val Big Top, while Cathy Davey plays the Róisín Dubh and Maria Doyle Kennedy will be joined by hus­band Kieran Kennedy at the Mick Lally Theatre.

The RTÉ Con­cert Orches­tra, Dublin Gospel Choir, uileann piper Leonard Barry and a per­for­mance of the opera Or­feo are just some of the other high­lights.

And if you’re up early enough on July 18th, head to Salthill’s Ladies’ Beach for a spec­tac­u­lar free “Dawn Cho­rus” cho­ral per­for­mance.

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