Finding the right festival

Everyone loves an excuse to dress up in cute clothes and live their best Coachella fantasy as if they’re the next Kendall Jenner. The festival line ups coming to Ireland this summer are making sure to cater to every type of music lovers’ needs.

Kicking off the summer of festivals is Forbidden Fruit. Dublin city centre’s three day, multi-stage music and arts festival has been running for the last eight years. Held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, there are already a variety of genres to pick from. You can expect to see acts ranging from Skepta to Elbow, with even more to be announced. You will also get to see upcoming Irish acts like Kojaque and Ross from Friends, as well as DJ’s such as Jon Hopkins, Peggy Gou, and Mura Masa. This festival is known for its variety and quality of established and up and coming artists.

If you like good music and a feel good, chilled out festival, Sea Sessions is the one for you. Sea Sessions is the surf and music festival held in the beautiful seaside town of Bundoran in Donegal. It is a camping festival where you will be set up within walking distance of the main promenade in Bundoran where the music will take place. With a mix between pop and more alternative bands, music lovers can expect to see Sigrid, Clean Bandit, and Two Door Cinema Club. As well as, DJ’s like Jax Jones and Boots and Kats will feature.

On the same weekend, we have another festival, Body and Soul. This will be held in Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath. For all those who like to find new, alternative music, this is the perfect festival for you. This eclectic festival brings you music, art, culture, food, and sustainability and well-being. Body and Soul is a festival where not only can you dance your heart out to some of Ireland biggest up-coming stars like Tebi Rex, but you can experience new forms of visual and interpretative art. Body and Soul also prides itself on having wellness tents where you can book spa treatments and take a few hours to yourself.

Rap and RnB fans look no further, Longitude is the festival for you this Summer. Count your blessings because Longitude has given us, all you need to have a good time. This three day festival held in Marlay Park in Dublin, is packed out with the best acts the up and coming rap and RnB scene can offer. With quite a male-heavy line up you will see acts like Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky and Aminé. Saying this, the women can definitely hold their own with Cardi B and Anne-Marie being two of the bigger female names in this years’ line-up.

And lastly Electric Picnic. The one we’ve all been waiting for. With it being the sell-out festival last year. Electric Picnic has made sure to bring it once again. This three-day camping festival is held in Stradbally, in Laois. Get your flower crowns and fringe coats out because this year has a really boho feel to it. The Strokes, Florence and the Machine, Hozier and The 1975 are headlining this year. You will also be graced with the gorgeous vocals from Billie Eilish, Dermot Kennedy, and Jess Glynne.

The interesting thing about the Irish festivals this year, is that each one of these festivals provides a different scene for people who like different types of music, and want a different experience from it. They really managed to get as much of a variety across the festivals this year. So get your tents, wellies, and glitter ready guys, because it’s going to be a groovy summer.


Alison Clair

Image credit: Dublin Visitor Centre