From Body and Soul to Electric Picnic, Emma Ní Chearúil gives us a quick roundup of all upcoming festivals over the summer.
Is Glastonbury on your bucket list? Do you feel that Electric Picnic is your soul home? Still down about the floods of videos and photos on every newsfeed after Forbidden Fruit and Life? If you answered yes to any of the above, the good news is that festival season is well underway and the better news is that there is something right here in Ireland for every person, vibe and budget! 
 
Body and Soul
Where?
Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath
When?
19th - 21st June
How much?
€149.50
Who’s playing?
Flight Facilities, Leftfield, Super Furry Animals, Asgeir, Cloud Lake Castle, Soak, Matthew E. White and MMOTHS to name a few.
 
For the creative soul, the hippie spirit or lover of all things quirky. The Body and Soul area is a hit at Electric Picnic every year - so a whole festival like it sounds a dream.  With outdoor art installations, Zen gardens, secret hideaways and incredible visual displays and performances, there is so much more to this festival than the great music lineup.  
 
Plus the festival is held around the Summer Solstice  and longest day of the year on June 21st - what better way to celebrate the beginning of summer?
 
Bonus points
Masquerade ball, morning yoga, evening hot tubs and late night discos under fairy lights with facepaint on - need I say more?
 
 
Sea Sessions
Where?
Bundoran, Donegal
When?
19th - 21st June 
How much?
3 day camping ticket €124.50 
Who’s playing?
Example, Seasick Steve, Sigma, Le Galaxie, The Riptide Movement, Wyvern Lingo, Gavin James, Jape, Krystal Klear, Alex Adair and The Minutes.
 
What’s the only thing better than a festival? A festival on the beach of course! Sea Sessions offers a chilled out weekend by the sea to the sound of some brilliant Irish and international names in music.  
Beach volleyball and surfing competitions and classes run all weekend, whilst great gigs and afterdark dancing run all night.  Sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend the weekend.
 
Bonus points
Aside from surfing by day and music by night, Sea Sessions sponsors a charity each year and are supporting Rory Gallagher’s Wish To Walk this year. 
 
 
Longitude
Where?
Marlay Park
When?
17th - 19th July
How much?
Day tickets €59.50, 3 day weekend €149.50
Who’s playing?
Hozier, Alt-J, Spies, Jungle, The Chemical Brothers, José Gonzalez, Hælos, Caribou and James Blake are just a few of the many huge names popping up this year.  For the full lineup just click here
 
What Oxegen could have been - the lineup at Longitude is always going to be its main pulling point - and with names like Alt-J and Hozier, that’s not a complaint.  The downside to Longitude is that there is no option to camp in Marlay Park.

However, three days of music from a myriad of genres between the mainstream and up-and-coming artists, plus the option to return to a shower each night doesn’t sound all that bad either.
 
Bonus points
All to be seen in the highlights reel from last year. 
 
 
Knockanstockan
Where?
Blessington Lakes, Wicklow
When?
24th & 25th July
How much?
Weekend camping ticket €80
Who’s playing?
O Emperor, Syd Arthur, The Eskies, Bunoscionn, Leo Drezden and Twin Headed Wolf to name but a few.
 
Knockanstockan is one of the smaller festivals this summer, but after a sell-out 2014, it is definitely one to watch out for.  Bringing the Irish underground music scene into the light for a weekend, it showcases some of the best new talent in the country.  
 
Think Woodstock vibes without the extortion and health and safety issues, this festival has all the charm of Body and Soul, whilst still cheap and cheerful.  
 
Bonus points
Community spirit like no other festival: non-profit and volunteer-run. The Art Trail is pretty awesome too.
 
 
Castlepalooza
Where?
Charleville Castle in Tullamore
When?
31st July - 2nd August
How much?
Three days for €94
Who’s playing?
Of Montreal, Hercules & Love Affair, Aeroplane, Alex Metric, Nialler 9, Fight Like Apes, Cave Ghosts and Jape are all on the to-see list. A list of the full line-up is available here
 
Think of a rave in the woods getting the royal treatment.  Intimate stage venues combined with the most chilled out crowd going - all hidden away by a castle in one of the oldest oak woods in the country.  
 
This may be one of the more luxurious festivals with free day passes into the castle for Day Spas, pop-up live sessions and art exhibitions - but don’t be fooled, Castlepalooza still packs a punch and is better known for its lineup of fantastic DJs, house and techno music, indie bands and parties ‘til dawn.
 
Bonus points
Castlepalooza supports lovely causes, such as an outstanding Green Policy and the support of homegrown artists, with at least 50% of all performers being Irish. 
 
 
Indiependence
Where?
Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Cork
When?
July 31st - August 2nd
How much?
Three Day Ticket €119
Who’s playing?
Ham Sandwich, Kodaline, The Dandy Warhols, Basement Jaxx, Ash, Admiral Fallow, Daithí, Foy Vance, The Original Rudeboys and The Young Folk.
 
Indiependence sells out every year, so there must be a reason. Hosting some better known names this time around than in previous years, Indiependence does what it says on the tin, providing a platform for smaller artists or those on the verge of breakthrough and combining them with old favourite headliners.  
 
Having been named Best Small Festival and known for being one of the friendliest festivals in the country, Indie offers camping, fantastic music and all the usual festival extras - you really can’t go wrong.
 
Bonus points
This festival supports loads of great Irish talent with names like Ham Sandwich and Orla Gartland featuring regularly on the lineup - Foy Vance, Daithí, Otherkin and All the Luck in the World are just a few of the great new artists they will showcase this year.  
 
 
Electric Picnic
Where?
Stradbally, Co. Laois
When?
September 4th - 6th
How much?
€229.50
Who’s playing?
Florence + the Machine, Blur, Interpol, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, George Ezra, Jessie Ware, Django Django, Chvrches, Belle and Sebastian, the list goes on with more yet to be announced.
 
Though many festivals say they’ve got “something for everyone”, Electric Picnic has everything.  From Rankin Woods to Trenchtown, you could potentially spend the whole week at any one stage.
 
Showcasing the Other Voices talent of the year, hosting Body and Soul within the festival grounds as well as the Salty Dog ship providing platform for great new bands, there is nearly too much to see and do at Electric Picnic.  
 
While tickets are a little steeper in price than other events, there is no doubt that you will get your money’s worth in Stradbally.  Prepare to get lost in a maze of tents and stages filled with music, comedy, debates, art exhibitions, food stalls, secret hideaways and hidden gems.
 
Bonus points
Daytime wandering never fails to amaze - you will literally come across something weird and wonderful you hadn’t noticed before with every lap of the grounds.  Highlights also include silent discos, rave in the woods and daytime workshops and events to suit every taste imaginable - not to mention that lineup.