Longitude or Body&Soul? Why not both? We count down the best music festivals Ireland has to offer this summer, courtesy of Aileen O'Leary.
With exams and final assignments due, the promise of summer is about the only thing college students are clutching onto right now, yours truly included. If you’re looking to plan a fun filled summer with your mates, then look no further because here at Campus.ie, we’ve got the rundown on the five festivals to head to this summer. Luckily for you, they are all based on this little emerald isle.
 
1. Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival: June 3rd-5th
 
What better way to celebrate the June bank holiday weekend than hanging out with friends, listening to great Irish acts and enjoying a few drinks in the sunshine? Well you and your mates can do all of the above at Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival. In its seventh year, the music festival is returning this June Bank Holiday weekend from the 3rd to the 5th of June. This is a ‘unique city centre festival that combines music, spoken word, art, fashion, food and simple good vibes on the grounds of the Irish Museum Of Modern Art, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.’.
 
Some of the main acts include big names such as Bon Iver, Jax Jones, Orbital, Snakeships and more. For more information, head on over to their site for info on tickets times and more: http://www.forbiddenfruit.ie/
 
2. Body and Soul: June 23rd -25th
 
If you haven’t heard of the summer solstice celebration, let me fill you in. According to the organisers ‘Body&Soul is a festival full of surprises that takes place over the Summer Solstice weekend, 23 – 25 June 2017. When you enter the beautiful grounds of Ballinlough Castle you are encouraged to shed your weekday skin and enter an otherworldly realm, where new ideas, experiences and performances lie around every corner. Body&Soul uses art, music, discussions, nature and food to create a place like no other in the wild Irish countryside.’.
 
Some of the main acts announced include, King Kong company, Formation, Vitalic and much more. For more information, head on over to their site for info on tickets and more: http://bodyandsoul.ie/
 
3. Longitude: July 14th-16th
 
The countdown is on; yes even yours truly loves a good day-festival every now and then. Luckily, I managed to score a two day ticket this year, and can’t wait to see acts like Stormzy, Mumford and Sons and more perform in Marlay Park. If you haven’t heard of Longitude, its basically a three day festival based in Marlay Park in Dublin. Unlike other festivals you can’t camp but organisers have day tickets available as well as weekend and two day tickets.
 
For more information, head on over to their site for info on tickets and more: http://www.longitude.ie/
 
4. Indiependence: August 4th-6th
 
The much loved and adored Cork based festival, all about good music, showcasing Irish acts and having a great time. This year’s line-up features Manic Street Preachers, The Coronas and Tom Odell. So if you’re looking for a great way to end the summer then head down to Mitchelstown.
 
For more information, head on over to their site for info on tickets and more: http://indiependencefestival.com/
 
5. Electric Picnic: 1st-3rd September
 
The official last summer bash before heading off to college, Electric Picnic. From raves in the woods, big name acts, getting destroyed in the rain and mud, and saying goodbye summer, hello college, this is the festival to round off a great summer. This year’s line-up includes, The XX, Hudson Taylor, A Tribe Called Quest and more.
 
For more information, head on over to their site for info on tickets and more: https://www.electricpicnic.ie/