Music Festival Checklist – July

With Ireland’s summer season appearing to stretch out longer than expected, it’s made it just that bit harder to wait for July to roll around with some of our favourite festivals of the year to look forward to. With hip-hop, pop, folk and classical, there really is something for everyone this month! Whether you just want to head to one open-air gig, or you want to immerse yourself in a weekend full of music and madness, has you sorted!


Date: July 13-15

Location: Marlay Park

Tickets: €69.50 – €189.50

With one of the most adventurous line-ups’ this year, Longitude has scrapped its usual mix of pop, folk and indie, for a grungier, hip-hop and R’n’B vibe. J Cole, Travis Scott, Solange, Khalid Tyler the Creator and Cardi B are just a few of the stellar acts gracing this year’s line-up. If you were lucky enough to nab a ticket, some other acts we’d recommend checking out include Kojaque (July 14th) and Jacob Banks (July 15th). The weather should stay hot and sunny for most of the weekend but pack a poncho for Sunday!

Galway International Arts Festival

Date: July 16-29

Location: Galway

Tickets: €8 – €59.50

There’s a whole host of activities coming to Galway this July from Theatre & Opera to Visual Art, Talks and Comedy. For the music heads among you, you’re in for a particularly sweet treat with the festival’s Big Top gigs including Gavin James (July 20th) and Caribou (July 28th). Some other highlights include a triple bill featuring three of Ireland’s most captivating up-and-comers, Ailbhe Reddy, Maria Kelly & Slow Skies (19th July) and Nialler9 managed electro-indie duo Le Boom (July 28th).

The Summer Series

Date: July 23-29

Location: Trinity College Dublin

Tickets: €44.90-€60.45

Ireland’s most prestigious third level institution will be opening their gates again this year for The Summer Series gigs. The series opens with singer, songwriter, supermodel, producer and actress Grace Jones on July 23rd, with support from badass Bray group Wyvern Lingo. Across the festival, Il Divo (July 24th), Rag’n’Bone Man (July 25th), Bryan Ferry (July 27th) and Gavin James (July 28th) will perform on the college’s cricket pitch, while Imelda May, with support from Keywest and Paradisia, will close the festival off on July 29th.