Chloe O'Keeffe tells us all we need to know about the major festivals and events taking place over the coming year for students.
We’re in the thick of the summer now, which means nothing but festivals, concerts and generally, just letting loose.
 
JULY
 
If you’re from Cork (or surrounding areas) you’ll know Live at the Marquee is in its peak, now halfway through its 2017 bill, playing host to acts such as Jenny Green, The Coronas and Picture This, to name a few of who has been seen on the Cork stage to date. Unfortunately, if you were banking on your best night of the summer being Emeli Sandé next Monday, you’ll be sorely disappointed that the 10th of July show has been cancelled. As of yet, there has been no reason given to the cancellation. However, if you’re a die-hard Sandé fan, she will be returning to the 3 Arena on October 27th.
 
The week of the 10th of July will see the annual Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival take place for it’s 17th successive year in Limerick City. The annual Pride Parade will take place on Saturday July 15th from 2.30pm sharp with admission free. There is an expectancy of hundreds to show for the highlight of the week-long celebration! As part of Pride Fest, X-Factor sensation Saara Aalto will be headlining Dolans Pub, Dock Road on the Saturday (15th) from 9pm! For more information, visit limerickpride.ie. 
 
Students won’t have much of a break from Live at the Marquee, as it ends the same day Longitude begins- July 14th in Marlay Park. That’s a week for anyone that’s going! The weekend line-up is well worth the €189.50 with acts such as Stormzy, Wiley, Gucci Maine, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Weeknd and Skepta to name a fraction of the line up!
 
The Punchestown Music Festival will be taking place in- you guessed it! - Punchestown, Co. Kildare on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of July to end the 7th month of the year with a bang. With acts such as Shane Filan, Deacon Blue and Village People this won’t be a music festival for every single student, granted, but for the old- timer.. your welcome, you owe me one!
 
AUGUST
 
The countdown to Indiependence 2017 is well and truly underway, with little under four weeks to go til the Mitchelstown-based 3-day festival. With acts such as Sigma and The Coronas, I feel like the weekend ticket for €120 euro is literally pennies! The festival will be held from the 4th to the 6th of August in Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, and over the last number of days, my Facebook newsfeed has been full of people looking for an ‘Indie Ticket’, as the festival has been a sell out! For one of the ‘smaller’ and ‘cheaper’ festivals, the line-up is actually quite exciting- Tom Odell, Ryan Sheridan, All Tvvins, and Limerick-based Hermitage Green. THE EXCITEMENT!
 
In parallel to Indie is Castlepalooza, a ‘Boutique Music & Arts Festival’, being held in Charleville Castle, Tullamore! This is a non-camping festival has individual day tickets starting at €59! The Saturday of this particular festival looks set to be a good one, with acts such as Boots & Kats and Waze & Odyssey. As well as for the music-lovers, the comedy-lovers may well love this one too as Irish comedians PJ Gallagher and Fred Cooke will be making appearances, as well as many more!
 
SEPTEMBER
 
The opening weekend to September, and penultimate end to the student summer holidays, is set to be a fantastic weekend, as Electric Picnic will take place for its fourteenth successive year in regular occupancy of Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois. I’m sad to be the bearer of bad news on this subject, but if you were banking on getting tickets via the Electric Picnic official website as of yet, you’ll be disappointed to realize they are Sold Out- just a forewarning. However, if you are of the lucky crowd going in the final hurrah before college gets underway, it certainly looks like you’ll be getting serious bargain for your buck as you’ll have the pick of the best across five stages! From Duran Duran to Hudson Taylor and Annie Mac and Hannah Wants to Little Hours, the festival has every single person catered for- and that’s just on the music front!
 
Oktoberfest Beag will begin in County. Cork on the 29th of the month. Tickets are to cost between €11 to €180, dependant on the day you choose!
 
OCTOBER
 
The start of the month will see the continuation of Oktoberfest Beag Cork Live at the Marquee, Docklands in the heart of Cork city. The end of the month (26th – 29th) will see the Limerick City version of Oktoberfest Beag held in King Johns Castle, Nicholas Street, Limerick.
 
MAY 2018
 
Ed Sheeran announced last week he’d be making not one or two but seven stops in Ireland for his European Tour. Starting off at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on May 4th and 5th, from then Ed will travel to Belfast to play in Boucher Road Playing Fields on the 9th of May. Galway’s Pearse Stadium is next on Sheeran’s Irish tour, where he will play two shows, on the 12th and 13th. The Galway Girl singer will finish his tour around Ireland in Phoenix Park, Dublin on the 16th and 17th. Tickets are on sale from 9am Saturday morning, but it’s sure to be a sell-out within no time!
 
JUNE 2018
 
Unfortunately, you’ve missed out on Donegal’s Sea Sessions 2017. But if you were dying to go this year, but for some reason didn’t, you’ll be delighted to read that Sea Sessions 2018 early bird tickets are already on sale. The festival will be held in its usual haven of Bundoran, Co. Donegal on the weekend of June 22nd – 24th! Early bird tickets are priced from €99.90 for 3 days and €124.90 (which includes 4 nights camping!). Limited day tickets from as little as €49.50 are also already on sale, get them while they are around!