A rundown of the big­gest mu­si­cal acts com­ing to play Ire­land, be­tween now and high sum­mer

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3Arena, Dublin, Jan­uary 14th

The men­ac­ing masked men of metal re­turn to scare the chil­dren.


Var­i­ous venues in and around Tem­ple Bar, Dublin, Jan­uary 22nd-26th Acts per­form­ing in­clude Hot­house Flow­ers, Afro Celt Sound Sys­tem, Ralph McTell, Stock­ton’s Wing, Turin Brakes, Sea­mus Be­g­ley, and The Henry Girls.


Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Jan­uary 28th-29th UK singer plugs her ac­claimed 2019 de­but al­bum, High Ex­pec­ta­tions.

KT Tunstall

Lib­erty Hall Theatre, Dublin, Fe­bru­ary 1st Highly rated Scot­tish singer per­forms tracks off her forth­com­ing al­bum, There Is No Other.

Ozzy Os­bourne

3Arena, Dublin, Fe­bru­ary 2nd

Black Sab­bath singer cel­e­brates (it says here) “five decades of the Prince of Dark­ness”. Spe­cial guests are Ju­das Priest. It’s a Brum­mie blitzkrieg and no mis­take.

Quar­ter Block Party 2020

Var­i­ous venues, Cork, Fe­bru­ary 6th-9th The sixth it­er­a­tion of this in­vig­o­rat­ing arts/mu­sic fes­ti­val fea­tures God Alone, The Bonk, Maija Sofia, Le­mon­cello, and Post Punk Podge. More acts tbc.

Tena­cious D

3Arena, Dublin, Fe­bru­ary 10th Ac­tor/co­me­dian/mu­si­cian Jack Black and the other bloke get back to ju­ve­nile ba­sics.

A Wo­man’s Heart Or­ches­trated Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Dublin, Fe­bru­ary 12th/13th/19th

The RTÉ Con­cert Or­ches­tra, Eleanor McEvoy (who wrote the peren­nial ti­tle song), Wal­lis Bird, and Maura O’Con­nell per­form the best-sell­ing al­bum live.

Kaiser Chiefs

3Arena, Dublin, Fe­bru­ary 23th

UK pop/rock band re­turn from the no-cred wilder­ness (as do spe­cial guests, Ra­zorlight). Ir­ish emerg­ing act Some­body’s Child will open the show.

Gavin James

3Arena, Dublin, Fe­bru­ary 29th

Check the date, ladies – yes, it’s a Leap Year gig from the writer of many a tear­jerker.


Vicar Street, Dublin, March 1st

Iconic in­die rock band bring their new al­bum, The Cen­tre Won’t Hold, to their avid Ir­ish fan­base.

James Arthur

3Arena, Dublin, March 2nd

One of X Fac­tor’s big­gest suc­cess sto­ries, and no stranger to weepy bal­lads.

The 1975

3Arena, Dublin, March 3rd

A glo­ri­ous re­turn to Ire­land, fol­low­ing 2019’s suc­cess at Elec­tric Pic­nic.

An Evening with Whit­ney Hous­ton

Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre, Dublin, March 3rd Is that a holo­gram I see be­fore me? Yep, along with troupes of in-the-flesh mu­si­cians, singers and dancers.

The Words and Mu­sic of Leonard Co­hen Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre, Dublin, March 4th/5th

Lisa Han­ni­gan, Mick Flan­nery, Suzanne Sav­age, Phe­lim Drew (and oth­ers TBC) in­ter­pret se­lected songs of the dear, de­parted Mr Co­hen.

The Script

3Arena, Dublin, March 5th-7th

Ir­ish band pro­mote lat­est al­bum, Sun­sets and Full Moons.

Jon Hop­kins

Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre, Dublin, March 6th In­ven­tive UK com­poser and mu­si­cal al­chemist.

Lewis Ca­paldi

3Arena, Dublin, March 8th/9th

Scot­tish singer-song­writer and pur­veyor of heart­felt tunes. God, we love him over here, as th­ese sold-out shows con­firm.


3Arena, Dublin, March 10th

Amer­i­can electro-pop singer un­afraid to mess around with styles. That’s mu­sic, by the way, not Harry.

Coun­try 2 Coun­try

3Arena, Dublin, March 13th-15th Fea­tur­ing US coun­try stars young (Dar­ius Rucker, Luke Combs, Eric Church) and not-so (Tanya Tucker).

The Who

3Arena, Dublin, March 18th

The vin­tage UK rock band refuse to f-f-f-fade away.


3Arena/Water­front, Belfast,

March 28th/29th

Ma­ture rock/prog-pop for ma­ture peo­ple. You have a prob­lem with that?


3Arena, Dublin, March 29th

Gui­tar bliss from a gui­tar god – just for you.

David Gray

3Arena, Dublin, April 2th/3rd/4th

UK singer-song­writer cel­e­brates the 20th an­niver­sary of his break­through al­bum, White Lad­der.

Pussy­cat Dolls

3Arena, Dublin, April 5th

The US group’s first Ir­ish date in 10 years. You can’t wait, can you?


Beaulieu, Co Louth, May 29th-31st

One of the coun­try’s neat­est smaller fes­ti­vals lo­cated in a truly pic­turesque set­ting. Line-up tbc.

Da­mon Al­barn

Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Dublin, May 31st/ June 1st

As part of the venue’s Per­spec­tives Se­ries, the oc­ca­sional Blur singer presents his lat­est mu­sic project, The Nearer the Foun­tain, More Pure the Stream Flows, which is in­spired by the land­scapes of Ice­land.

Live at the Mar­quee

Cork, var­i­ous dates in June

Acts in­clude Dido, Yusef/Cat Stevens, Jenny Greene, The Na­tional, Sinead O’Con­nor, Christy Moore, Or­bital, Crowded House, and Diana Ross.

Der­mot Kennedy

INEC, Kil­lar­ney, June 2rd/3rd; St Anne’s Park, Dublin June 5th; Malahide Cas­tle, Dublin, June 26th; Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent Park, Cork, June 27th Is there no stop­ping the rise of this Ir­ish singer-song­writer? Ap­par­ently not.

The Na­tional

Botanic Gar­dens, Belfast, June 6th/8th In­tense, edgy but em­i­nently tune­ful US band – they are friends of Ire­land and we of them.

Lionel Richie

St Anne’s Park, Dublin, June 6th

An open-air gig, so there’ll be no danc­ing on the ceil­ing at this one, d’y’hear me now?

Sinead O’Con­nor

Botanic Gar­dens, Belfast, June 7th

She is back with a bang, and we’re good with that.

Duran Duran

St Anne’s Park, Dublin, June 7th

The ever-ready Du­ran­nies are back in Ire­land – lock up your moth­ers!

Camila Ca­bello

3Arena, Dublin, June 8th

The Cuban-Amer­i­can singer and for­mer US X Fac­tor alumni makes her head­line Ir­ish de­but.


Punchestow­n, Co Kil­dare, June 13th-14th

A new (or re­vis­ited?) hard-rock fes­ti­val. Fea­tur­ing Faith No More, Deftones, The Je­sus & Mary Chain, Killing Joke and many more. A strong Ir­ish con­tin­gent in­cludes Fang­club, Vulpynes, Thumper, Bitch Fal­con, Para­noid Vi­sions, and The Scratch.

The Killers

Malahide Cas­tle, Dublin, June 16th/17th Brandon Flow­ers and friends plug new al­bum Im­plod­ing the Mi­rage. Spe­cial guest is Sam Fender.


Boucher Road Play­ing Fields, Belfast, June 17th

Py­rotech­nics ahoy as the Ger­man metal band set off those sum­mer crack­ers.

Lewis Ca­paldi

Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent Park, Cork, June 18th;

Malahide Cas­tle, Dublin, June 20th; Ormeau Park, Belfast, June 21st

From in­door shows in March to sold-out open-air sum­mer gigs, the Scot­tish per­former is the gift that keeps on giv­ing.

Dua Lipa

3Arena, Dublin, June 18th/19th

Hugely suc­cess­ful UK singer de­liv­ers tunes from her new al­bum Fu­ture Nos­tal­gia.

Sea Ses­sions

Bun­do­ran, Co Done­gal, June 19th-21st Head­line acts so far in­clude Ver­sa­tile, Si­grid and Gavin James.

Gerry Cin­na­mon

Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent Park, Cork, June 19th /Malahide Cas­tle, Dublin, June 21st Another Scot­tish singer-song­writer that Ire­land has adopted? Yep.

The Frames

Royal Hos­pi­tal Kil­main­ham, Dublin, June 20th Glen Hansard and old friends cel­e­brate their band’s 30th birth­day. Yeah – make us feel old, why don’t you?

David Gray

Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent Park, Cork, June 20th More climb­ing the White Lad­der, this time out­doors and in the sunshine.

The Script

Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent Park, Cork, June 23th More pop/rock/hip-hop hy­brids from the im­mensely suc­cess­ful Dublin band.

Twenty One Pi­lots

RDS Arena, Dublin, June 25th

Colum­bus, Ohio pop/rock/hip-hop group force-land in Ire­land. Spe­cial guests in­clude Black­bear and Noth­ing but Thieves.

Diana Ross

Royal Hos­pi­tal Kil­main­ham, Dublin, June 26th As a gig billed “a Di­a­mond Diana Mu­sic Cel­e­bra­tion”, we’d ex­pect noth­ing less from Tamla Mo­town roy­alty.

Pic­ture This

Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent Park, Cork, June 26th; Malahide Cas­tle, Dublin, June 27th

The rise of this Ir­ish pop group con­tin­ues.

Fever Pitch

Gal­way Air­port, June 26th-27th

Another new mu­sic fes­ti­val for the west of Ire­land. Con­firmed so far are The Kooks and The Coronas, with more acts to be an­nounced .

Guns N’ Roses

Mar­lay Park, Dublin June 27th

US rock­ers re­turn to Ire­land for the fi­nal

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