FES­TI­VALS

Whether it be mu­sic, film, art, com­edy or some­thing else en­tirely, Ire­land boasts a truly bril­liant ar­ray of fes­ti­vals.

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A look at the best fes­ti­vals around Ire­land, from mu­sic and art to food, lit­er­a­ture and more.

MU­SIC FES­TI­VALS

LIFE FES­TI­VAL

May 24-26, Belvedere House and Gar­dens, Co. West­meath life-fes­ti­val.com

Ire­land’s most revered elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­val, Life orig­i­nated from the Glade Arena at Glas­ton­bury, and be­came an event in its own right in 2004. Ev­ery year since, it has grown to be­come Ire­land’s most an­tic­i­pated dance mu­sic shindig. Pre­vi­ous venues have in­cluded Charlevill­e Cas­tle, Ballinloug­h Cas­tle and Lough Cu­tra Cas­tle, but the beau­ti­ful en­vi­rons of Belvedere House – where the fes­ti­val cur­rently takes place – of­fer the per­fect nat­u­ral­is­tic es­cape. High­lights this year in­clude Belfast house duo Bi­cep, Amer­i­can DJ MK, road rap artist Giggs, and many more of Ire­land’s nest techno, house and dance acts.

June 1–3, Royal Hos­pi­tal Kil­main­ham, Dublin for­bid­den­fruit.ie

Re­turn­ing for its ninth in­stall­ment, For­bid­den Fruit’s 2019 line-up is again hugely im­pres­sive in its eclec­ti­cism. This year’s head­lin­ers in­clude UK grime god­fa­ther Skepta; English indie le­gends El­bow; elec­tronic artist Mura Masa; and Ger­man pro­ducer Paul Kalk­bren­ner. If that isn’t var­ied enough for you, the bill also in­cludes the likes of elec­tronic mav­er­ick Jon Hop­kins; folk­coun­try singers First Aid Kit; rap­pers Earl Sweat­shirt and Danny Brown; and a huge con­tin­gent of top Ir­ish artists – such as Saint Sis­ter, Ko­jaque, Daithi and Pil­low Queens. Lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful grounds of the Royal Kil­main­ham Hos­pi­tal, For­bid­den Fruit has be­come an es­tab­lished part of Dublin’s sum­mer and is al­ways a treat.

DOOLIN FOLK FES­TI­VAL June 14–16

Doolin, Co. Clare doolin­folk­fes­ti­val.com Doolin Folk Fes­ti­val presents ex­cel­lent mu­sic in an in­ti­mate set­ting. While de­tails of the 2019 line-up are yet to be an­nounced, those lucky enough to at­tend last year were treated to mem­o­rable per­for­mances from the likes of Lankum, Martin Hayes, Paul Brady, Moxie and Le Galaxie. For good mea­sure, Doolin – sit­u­ated be­tween the Cliffs of Mo­her, the Bur­ren and the Aran Is­lands – truly gives vis­i­tors a taste of the Wild At­lantic Way.

June 12-28, Ormeau Park, Belfast bel­sonic.com

Since mov­ing from its orig­i­nal home in Belfast’s Cus­tom

House Square to the more accommodat­ing Ormeau Park gar­dens on the edge of the city, the an­nual Bel­sonic fes­ti­val has bagged some se­ri­ously big head­lin­ers in re­cent years. 2018’s line-up fea­tured Ir­ish pop-rock stars Pic­ture This, dance leg­end Carl Cox, and sta­dium-rock­ers The Script. This year, Bray trou­ba­dour Hozier, Guns N’Roses gui­tarist Slash, dance mae­stro Tiesto, and grime break­out star Stormy will all be on the bill. Once again, all the gigs for 2019 will take place through­out one ex­cit­ing two-week pe­riod. Make no mis­take, there’ll be a party at­mos­phere in south Belfast come June time…

June 21 – 23, Ballinloug­h Cas­tle, Co. Meath bodyand­soul.ie

Famed for bring­ing great mu­sic to a stun­ning set­ting, Body & Soul is now a rm xture on the Ir­ish fes­ti­val cal­en­dar, with diehards con­sis­tently sav­ing the sum­mer sol­stice week­end for a trip to Ballinloug­h. This year, the bash is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary. Wood­lands, walled gar­dens and an en­chant­ing lake serve as the back­drop for a fes­ti­val where glit­ter­ing latenight dis­cos, be­spoke art trails and soothing wood- red hot tubs all come as stan­dard. And that’s be­fore even men­tion­ing the fan­tas­tic line-up. For 2019,

high­lights in­clude mu­sic and video duo The Blaze, elec­tronic duo Mode­se­lek­tor, and Amer­i­can al­ter­na­tive singer-song­writer Santigold. There’ll also be the usual con­tin­gent of Ire­land’s nest, in­clud­ing Ta­los, Soak, and more.

July 5 – 7, Mar­lay Park, Dublin

Lon­gi­tude.ie

Al­ways a fan­tas­tic event with a great at­mos­phere, Lon­gi­tude is back this July with an­other bril­liant bill. Sim­i­lar to last year, this sum­mer’s line-up will fo­cus on hip-hop and R&B, with the fes­ti­val head­lined by three of the big­gest names in rap. A$AP Rocky is the star at­trac­tion on Fri­day, while Chance The Rap­per headlines on Satur­day, and

Cardi B and Fu­ture take over on Sun­day. But there is stun­ning tal­ent right down the bill. The likes of AJ Tracey, Brock­hamp­ton, Flat­bush Zom­bies, Lil Uzi Vert, Vince Sta­ples, and even Dublin favourites Versatile will per­form through­out the week­end. Once again, we’re ex­pect­ing a mas­sive party in Rath­farn­ham.

Au­gust 2– 5, Deer Farm, Mitchel­stown, Co. Cork in­diepen­dence­fes­ti­val.com

Indie 19 sticks with tra­di­tion by pro­vid­ing a plat­form for fan­tas­tic home­grown tal­ent, with Gavin James, All Tvvins, Wild Youth and Le Boom all on the bill. Among those help­ing them out will be much-loved Scot­tish singer-song­writer

Lewis Ca­paldi, indie-pop quar­tet Bastille, rock he­roes Cat sh and the Bot­tle­men, and Scot­tish le­gends Biffy Clyro. There’ll also be the usual up-and-com­ing tal­ents from the lo­cal Cork scene get­ting their rst taste of the fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence.

ALL TO­GETHER NOW

Au­gust 3-5, Cur­ragh­more House, Co. Water­ford all­to­geth­er­now.ie

Hav­ing proved a phe­nom­e­nal hit in its rst year, All To­gether Now is back for a sec­ond out­ing. Earn­ing its place at the fore­front of the Ir­ish fes­ti­val cir­cuit within the space of 12 months, this three-day event gained wide­spread ac­claim for its beau­ti­ful set­ting, friendly at­mos­phere, and bril­liantly cu­rated line-up. 2019’s edi­tion is set to be no dif­fer­ent, with the line-up boast­ing such heavy­hit­ters as The Na­tional, Patti Smith, Hot Chip and Fa­ther

John Mist. There will also be a huge whack of top-notch Ir­ish artists on the bill, in­clud­ing

Lisa Han­ni­gan, Lit­tle Green

Cars, Fon­taines DC, The Mur­der Cap­i­tal, Just Mus­tard, King Kong Com­pany and many, many more.

Au­gust 31 – Septem­ber 2, Strad­bally Hall, Co. Laois elec­tricpic­nic.ie

The pre­mier event of the Ir­ish fes­ti­val cal­en­dar, Elec­tric Pic­nic re­turns for its 16th year. As ever, there’s a mouth­wa­ter­ing bill on of­fer, with The Strokes, Florence And The Ma­chine, Hozier and The 1975 act­ing as head­lin­ers, and the likes of Chris­tine And The Queens, Der­mot Kennedy, Michael Ki­wanuka, Four Tet, Roisin Murphy and Jarvis Cocker adding to the Strad­bally ac­tion. Throw in the usual ar­ray of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties – in­clud­ing Mind eld, Body & Soul, the com­edy stage and the The­atre Of Food – and you have one of the most un­miss­able week­ends of the year.

CITY OF DERRY JAZZ FES­TI­VAL May 2-6, Var­i­ous Venues city­ofder­ry­jaz­zfes­ti­val.com

Jazz a ciona­dos are in for a se­ri­ous treat on the May bank hol­i­day week­end, with the City Of Derry Jazz Fes­ti­val of­fer­ing a feast of mu­si­cal ac­tion. Head­lined by Soft Cell leg­end Marc Almond, the event also boasts ap­pear­ances from the likes of Kitty LaRoar, Mr. Wil­son’s Sec­ond Lin­ers, Jumpin Up!, Jive Aces, Kaz Hawkins and more. With more than 70,000 rev­ellers set to at­tend, it should be a crack­ing week­end Foyle­side.

June 2 – 3, T13 Ti­tanic Ware­house, Belfast avafes­ti­val.com

Belfast’ss largest au­dio/vis­ual

fes­ti­val is cel­e­brat­ing its fth year in 2019, bring­ing global heavy­weights to the city, whilst cham­pi­oning emerg­ing and es­tab­lished artists from the north and south of Ire­land. Tak­ing place in the venue of S13 Ware­house (which has be­come a haven for techno/house acts in the city), head­lin­ers in­clude the likes of Avalon Emer­son,

Ben Sims, Ben UFO, The Black Madonna and Honey Di­jon. On top of that, there’ll be a host of Ire­land’s nest dance acts, in­clud­ing Brahm & Hamo, Brien, Krys­tal Klear, Saoirse, R. Kitt, Or:La and dozens more.

June 3 – 4, Beaulieu House, Drogheda van­tas­ti­val.com

Con­tin­u­ally pro­vid­ing a huge ser­vice to camper­van lovers through­out Ire­land, Van­tas­ti­val is cel­e­brat­ing its

10th an­niver­sary this sum­mer. Nes­tled in the Coo­ley Moun­tains, Beaulieu House of­fers a beau­ti­ful place to spend a fun- lled week­end. Van­tas­ti­val prides it­self on be­ing a pre­dom­i­nantly home­grown af­fair, and this year, the Volk­swa­gen Main Stage will be head­lined by Water­ford dance act King Kong Com­pany and

Afro Celt Sound Sys­tem (which features famed artists like Si­mon Em­mer­son and Iarla Ó Lionáird). Also head­ing to Drogheda through­out the week­end are Sharon Shan­non, Wal­lis Bird, Lisa O’Neill, David Keenan, We Cut Corners and more.

June 21 – 23, Bun­do­ran, Co. Done­gal seases­sions.com

Known as Ire­land’s big­gest beach party, the Sea Ses­sions Surf & Mu­sic fes­ti­val has been go­ing strong for over 10 years now.

Set in the surfer’s par­adise of Bun­do­ran and sur­rounded by the stun­ning At­lantic coast­line, Sea Ses­sions has ce­mented its rep­u­ta­tion as one of the sum­mer’s hottest tick­ets. This year’s line-up is most de nitely one to get ex­cited about. Nor­we­gian pop star Si­grid, elec­tro-pop hit­mak­ers Clean Ban­dit, and Ban­gor-made in­die­rock band Two Door Cin­ema Club all fea­ture as head­lin­ers, while the likes of The Su­garhill Gang, Jax Jones, Columbia Mills, In­haler and many more su­perb Ir­ish acts will play across the week­end.

AN­OTHER LOVE STORY Au­gust 16-18, Kil­lyon Manor, Co. Meath an­oth­erlovestor­y.ie

A past win­ner of the IMRO Live Mu­sic Award for Best Small Fes­ti­val, An­other Love Story was rst con­ceived in 2014, and has spent the past ve years be­com­ing one of the most favoured fes­ti­vals by mu­si­cians and the pub­lic. The fes­ti­val is a be­spoke week­ender of mu­sic, art, whimsy and fun, nes­tled in the glo­ri­ous sur­rounds of Kil­lyon Manor. The line-up an­nounced so far features Chris­tian Lof er (live), The Red­neck Man­i­festo, Lubomyr, Maria Som­merville, and Glasshouse: The Mu­sic of Bon Iver. This truly is one of the most in­ti­mate and en­joy­able fes­ti­vals in Ire­land.

KILKENNY CAT LAUGHS

May 31 – June 4, Var­i­ous venues, Kilkenny th­e­cat­laughs.com

Turn­ing 25 this year (yes, it’s been a com­edy xture for that long!), the cel­e­brated Cat Laughs of­fers the very best in Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional tal­ent. Dubbed the “best lit­tle com­edy fes­ti­val in the world”, 2019’s out­ing will fea­ture an­other top-notch line-up. Shows an­nounced so far in­clude two en­sem­ble per­for­mances, the rst fea­tur­ing Dara Ó Bri­ain, Ed Byrne, Rich Hall, Ali­son Spit­tle, with Barry Murphy as MC; the sec­ond boast­ing Tommy Tier­nan, Alan Davies, David O’Doherty, Phil Jupi­tus, Adam Hills and Joanne McNally, with Karl

Spain on MC du­ties. At­tract­ing in ex­cess of 30,000 vis­i­tors to Kilkenny an­nu­ally, Cat Laughs con­tin­ues to be one of the cul­tural high­lights of the Ir­ish sum­mer.

VODA­FONE COM­EDY FES­TI­VAL July (Ex­act Dates TBC), Iveagh Gar­dens, Dublin voda­fone.ie

There’s prob­a­bly no more idyl­lic a set­ting for a com­edy fes­ti­val than the city cen­tre oa­sis of Dublin’s Iveagh Gar­dens. This ri­otous fes­ti­val sees over 80 co­me­di­ans tak­ing to the stage over the course of three days. While the line-up for the 2019 fes­ti­val has yet to be an­nounced, last year fea­tured Tommy Tier­nan, David O’Doherty, Ja­son Byrne, Ais­ling Bea and Deirdre O’Kane, in ad­di­tion to rising Ir­ish comedic tal­ents such as Danny O’Brien, Julie Jay, Aoife Dooley, Catherine Bo­hart, Davey Reilly, Ryan Cullen, Martin An­golo and Ash­lee Bentley.

GAL­WAY FILM FLEADH July 9-14

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, Gal­way

The Gal­way Film Fleadh is one of Ire­land’s leading lm events, rst founded 30 years ago in Gal­way City. A six-day af­fair, it welcomes a huge range of peo­ple from around the world. The Fleadh prides it­self on the fact that there are no red car­pets here – they bring lu­mi­nar­ies of the craft

and ev­ery­day cinephiles to­gether in an in­ti­mate en­vi­ron­ment, with the aim of cham­pi­oning ev­ery­one’s shared pas­sion for lm. The line-up for the 2019 Film Fleadh has yet to be an­nounced, but con­sid­er­ing this is their 30th an­niver­sary, you can ex­pect big things…

ARTS FES­TI­VALS

CATHE­DRAL QUAR­TER ARTS FES­TI­VAL

May 2 – May 12

Cathe­dral Quar­ter, Belfast cqaf.com

Cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary, the Cathe­dral Quar­ter Arts Fes­ti­val has gained a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most vi­brant and dy­namic arts fes­ti­vals on the is­land, with a broad­rang­ing pro­gramme that fo­cuses on younger, less tra­di­tional artists, as well as mu­sic, com­edy and lit­er­a­ture. 2019’s line-up in­cludes Patty Grif n, Echo & the Bun­ny­men, Lisa O’Neill, Marian Keyes, and much more be­sides.

LISTOWEL WRIT­ERS’ WEEK May 29 – June 2

Listowel, Co. Kerry writ­er­sweek.ie

For more than three decades, the charm­ing mar­ket town of Listowel has been home to one of the most respected lit­er­ary gath­er­ings in the world. Listowel Writ­ers’ Week is renowned for bring­ing to­gether lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional nov­el­ists, po­ets, and play­wrights, and pro­mot­ing in­ter­ac­tion through Q&A ses­sions and work­shops. Over the week, at­ten­dees can take part in events rang­ing from lec­tures, read­ings and book launches to sem­i­nars, in­ter­views, the­atre, lit­er­ary and his­tor­i­cal tours, art ex­hi­bi­tions and mu­sic. The full list of spe­cial guests for this year’s event is yet to be an­nounced, but there will be work­shops avail­able from cel­e­brated au­thors like Liz Nu­gent, Kit De Waal, El­iz­a­beth Day and Lemn Sis­say.

THE FES­TI­VAL OF

WRIT­ING & IDEAS

June 7 – 9

Bor­ris House & Vil­lage, Car­low fes­ti­val­ofwritin­gan­dideas.com

The Fes­ti­val of Writ­ing and Ideas brings some of the most fas­ci­nat­ing minds from around the world to Car­low for one week­end of stim­u­lat­ing dis­course each June. Al­though based pri­mar­ily in the magni cent set­ting of Bor­ris House, where vis­i­tors can en­joy a lux­u­ri­ous camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the fes­ti­val also spills out into the pubs and halls of the idyl­lic lo­cal vil­lage, sit­u­ated at the foot of the Black­stairs Moun­tains. An in­cred­i­ble line-up of writ­ers and cre­atives has been an­nounced for this year’s fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing Mary Robin­son, Carl Bern­stein, Ben Okri, Donal Ryan, Kit De Waal, Ju­lian Barnes, Lemn Sis­say and Loah.

GAL­WAY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL ARTS FES­TI­VAL

July 15 – 28

Gal­way City giaf.ie

A cre­ative mix of per­for­mance, mu­sic, vis­ual art and dis­cus­sion, Gal­way

Arts Fes­ti­val is one of Ire­land’s big­gest, most vi­brant and ex­cit­ing events, of­fer­ing a wide range of ex­pe­ri­ences, from world-class the­atre to im­promptu mu­si­cal per­for­mances on the city’s wind­ing streets. This year’s line-up boasts some of the most im­pres­sive tal­ent in the his­tory of the fes­ti­val. Head­lin­ers in­clude Heineken Big Top ap­pear­ances from Two Door Cin­ema Club, Bell X1, The Aca­demic, Burt Bacharach and Or­bital. From the party at­mos­phere at the Big Top to the quiet con­tem­pla­tion of the fes­ti­val gal­leries, the city is trans­formed over the course of the fort­night. Over the last few years, the event has at­tracted crowds in ex­cess of 200,000.

FOOD FES­TI­VALS

WEST WATER­FORD

FES­TI­VAL OF FOOD

April 26– 28

Dun­gar­van, Co. Water­ford west­wa­ter­ford­fes­ti­val­of­food.com

Run­ning for the last ten years, the West Water­ford Fes­ti­val Of Food has be­come syn­ony­mous with fab­u­lous dishes and fan­tas­tic fam­ily events. In ad­di­tion, it show­cases the south­east’s nest food and welcomes top lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional chefs, as well as of­fer­ing an ex­cit­ing mix of fresh avours, in­ter­est­ing in uences and great new culi­nary ideas. Across the week­end, the fes­ti­val hosts a lo­cal Farmer’s Mar­ket, a Coun­try Mar­ket, a Quay­side Satur­day Mar­ket with a seafood theme, and the ma­jor Fes­ti­val Mar­ket, fea­tur­ing over 100 stalls in the town cen­tre.

TASTE OF DUBLIN June 13 – 16

Iveagh Gar­dens, Dublin tas­te­of­dublin.ie

Taste Of Dublin al­lows you to step into a culi­nary won­der­land, where

you can en­joy sig­na­ture dishes from some of the cap­i­tal’s

nest restau­rants. Over four in­dul­gent days, the event cel­e­brates Dublin’s unique and pro­gres­sive din­ing scene. Set in the stun­ning Iveagh Gar­dens in the heart of Dublin, vis­i­tors can sam­ple taster por­tions of sig­na­ture dishes from some of Ire­land’s nest restau­rants. Al­though 2019’s line-up has yet to be an­nounced, last year’s live demon­stra­tions and tast­ings – in­clud­ing the Neff Taste Kitchen, The Roe & Co Tram 21, and the World Class Bar and Cock­tails at Home Academy – can give you a taste of what to ex­pect.

THE BIA LOVER FES­TI­VAL OF FOOD

June 22 & 23

Athenry, Co. Gal­way bialover.ie

Cel­e­brat­ing the nest food and drink pro­duced in Ire­land, Bia Lover is set to bring the his­toric town of Athenry to life this Mid­sum­mer’s week­end with its in­cred­i­ble an­nual show­case. The fes­ti­val places a strong em­pha­sis on recog­nis­ing the di­ver­sity of Ire­land’s food cul­ture, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on cui­sine from the west of the coun­try. With over 50 busi­nesses of­fer­ing a wide range of ar­ti­san prod­ucts, lo­cal brews and some of the re­gion’s best food trucks, Bia Lover boasts some­thing for ev­ery palate – and in­vites you to step out of your com­fort zone to try ex­cit­ing new dishes.

GAL­WAY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL OYS­TER & SEAFOOD FES­TI­VAL Septem­ber 27 – 29

Span­ish Arch, Gal­way gal­way­oys­ter­fes­ti­val.com

The old­est oys­ter fes­ti­val in the world, Gal­way’s In­ter­na­tional Oys­ter and Seafood Fes­ti­val is gear­ing up to cel­e­brate its 65th an­niver­sary. With at­trac­tions in­clud­ing the Open­ing Night at the Fes­ti­val Mar­quee, the World Oys­ter Open­ing Cham­pi­onship, the Mardi Gras Mas­quer­ade Ball and the Féile Bia Na Mara, the event has won wide ac­claim.

KIN­SALE GOURMET FES­TI­VAL Oc­to­ber 11 – 13

Kin­sale, Co. Cork kin­salerestau­rants.com

Tak­ing place in the beau­ti­ful coastal town of Kin­sale, widely re­garded as the gourmet cap­i­tal of Ire­land, the Kin­sale Gourmet Fes­ti­val prom­ises a week­end of food heaven and fun. The fes­ti­val in­cludes events such as the Cham­pagne Re­cep­tion on open­ing night, the Mad Hatters Taste of Kin­sale (a walk­ing tour of Kin­sale’s 11 Good Food Cir­cle Restau­rants), and the Fruits de Mer Lun­cheon.

OTHER FES­TI­VALS

CORK MID­SUM­MER FES­TI­VAL June 13 – 23

Cork City cork­mid­sum­mer.com

Tak­ing place across 10 days,

Cork Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val is an an­nual multi-dis­ci­plinary arts fes­ti­val that uses Cork City as a back­drop and in­spi­ra­tion for some phe­nom­e­nal events. While the full line-up won’t be re­vealed un­til closer to June, the fes­ti­val has al­ready an­nounced that singer-song­writer Mick Flan­nery’s stun­ning new mu­si­cal, Evening Train, based on his con­cept al­bum of the same name, will be playing at the Every­man from June 14 to

23. Keep an eye on the Cork Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val web­site in the com­ing months to see what’s on of­fer.

ROSE OF TRALEE Au­gust 23 – 27 Tralee, Co. Kerry rose­of­tralee.ie

A na­tional institutio­n, the Rose of Tralee cel­e­brates its 60th an­niver­sary in 2019. Es­tab­lished in 1959, and broad­cast on RTE since 1978, the live cov­er­age has con­sis­tently topped the rat­ings, at­tract­ing au­di­ences of up to a mil­lion view­ers. Aside from the main event, which takes place in the stun­ning fes­ti­val dome, the week-long cel­e­bra­tion also in­cludes street en­ter­tain­ment, car­ni­vals, live con­certs, the­atre, cir­cus, mar­kets, fun­fair,

re­works and the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Rose Pa­rade.

LISDOONVAR­NA MATCH­MAK­ING FES­TI­VAL Au­gust 30 – Septem­ber 29, Lisdoonvar­na, Co. Clare match­mak­erire­land.com

Cel­e­brat­ing one of Ire­land’s old­est tra­di­tions, the Lisdoonvar­na Match­mak­ing Fes­ti­val has been pair­ing up the na­tion’s sin­gle folk for over 150 years. Now Europe’s largest sin­gles event, the fes­ti­val runs for a whole month, with dances start­ing at noon ev­ery day and con­tin­u­ing into the wee hours. Keep­ing track of all the hope­ful sin­gles is third gen­er­a­tion match­maker Wil­lie Daly, who can be found main­tain­ing his pre­cious note­book of loveseek­ing pro les in his ‘of ce’, the snug of the Match­maker Bar. Al­ready at­tached? No prob­lem – a vi­brant pro­gramme of mu­sic, danc­ing and that world-fa­mous Lisdoonvar­na craic won’t let you down! Since 2014, the fes­ti­val has also hosted The Out­ing (Septem­ber 27 & 28), the world’s only LGBT+ mu­sic, arts and match­mak­ing fes­ti­val.

(Clockwise from top left) DJ MK (Life Fes­ti­val), Lankum (Doolin Folk Fes­ti­val), Ta­los (Body & Soul), Hozier (Bel­sonic) and Mode­se­lek­tor (Body & Soul).

(From top) A$AP Rocky (Lon­gi­tude), Bastille (Indiepen­dence), The Na­tional (ATN) and The 1975 (Elec­tric Pic­nic).

(Clockwise) King Kong Com­pany(Van­tas­ti­val), Si­grid (Sea Ses­sions), The Black Madonna (Ava Fes­ti­val) and Echo & The Bun­ny­men (Cathe­dral Quar­ter Arts Fes­ti­val).

(From top) Liz Nu­gent (Listowel Writ­ers’ Week), Gal­way In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, Taste Of Dublin and the Bia Lover Fes­ti­val Of Food.

Cork Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val and (right) Lisdoonvar­na Match­mak­ing Fes­ti­val’s Wil­lie Daly and co.

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