Our Favourite Music Festivals In Ireland

We should really be looking at Christmas events and what to do this winter, but we can’t help look ahead to next summer already… music festival season!

We’re not short of music festivals in Ireland with more and more popping up every year, so we’ve decided to take a look at our favourites and ones we definitely won’t be missing (already got tickets for some!) If there’s any you think we’ve missed out, let us know.

Electric Picnic (2-4 September 2016)

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This one’s an obvious choice as pretty much everyone has been before or will be going, but it’s on our calendar every year, we can’t miss it! Electric Picnic is at Stradbally Hall in Co. Laois and boasts a mega line up every year, with the likes of Underworld, Jurassic 5, Tame Impala, MK, Julio Bashmore and even The Vengaboys playing last year.

This one is more than just the music though. You can explore a world of art and creation… the Washing Machine Maze was our personal favourite. There’s also the comedy tents, mindfield spoken word area, circus and the theatre of food (oh yes!). We can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeve for 2016.

Forbidden Fruit (3-5 June 2016)

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Forbidden Fruit Festival is always a good one if you’re near Dublin and you like electronic music. It boasts the best DJ’s and electronic live acts each year with Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Jamie XX and more playing last year.

Situated in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, it’s not very big but that doesn’t matter when theres a line up that good! It’s 18+ and usually day tickets and weekend tickets are available, no camping though so you need to book a hotel for this one!

Longitude Festival (2016 dates tbc)

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Probably the most eclectic of line ups from this list, Longtitude festival is the sister of Latitude in England and we’re glad it has made it’s way over here. Set in Marlay Park, not far from Dublin, this festival has everything and previous line ups have been perfect (in our eyes anyway), with the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Hudson Mohawke, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt-J and many more over 4 stages this year, we reckon it’ll be even bigger next.

If you’re a foodie like us, you won’t be dissapointed. There are so many gourmet food stalls, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian, which beats the usual festival food. We’ll be getting involved as soon as tickets are announced.

5 Pubs in Ireland You Need to Visit

We posted about our favourite nightclubs last week which was very popular, but we thought we’d take a look at the best traditional pubs in Ireland, for those looking for a good place to catch up or check out some great Irish music.

This is a mix of pubs the team here have been to in the past, nominating one each for the title, check it out and let us know of any pubs we might have missed!

The Cobblestone – Dublin

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A great pub for traditional Irish music and one we bring our friends from England to, giving them a real taste of Ireland.

This laid back and friendly pub is built on tradition and you can tell as soon as you enter. Situated in the Smithfield area about 15 minutes from the city centre.

Tom Barry’s – Cork

Tom Barrys Cork

This is one for Summer, they’re beer garden is something else and the real selling point here. Surrounded by an array of flowers it’s perfect when the sun’s out (if we ever get any). It’s not bad in winter too with it’s roaring open fires!

Situated on Barrack Street in Cork, definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

The Lord Edward – Dublin

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Back to Dublin, one of our favourite spots for a quiet pint is The Lord Edward on Christchurch Place, which also doubles up as an amazing seafood restaurant.

If you’re a local, then downstairs is for you, but visiting for the day? Then head upstairs for large open wood fires and bargain prices.

The Long Hall – Dublin

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We had to include this one after Rihanna visited it in 2010! With friendly staff and a great beer,situated in the South City Centre, this pub gives you a real taste of Dublin culture.

The interior is eye-catching with filigree-edge mirrors, a long dark wooden bar and red ceilings. Great place for locals and tourists alike.

O’Loclainn’s – Bellyvaughan

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We found this pub on another blog which quoted “Go there as soon as possible”, so when we found ourselves in the area we had to go of course!

What a fantastic selection of Whiskeys, this place is a small room with a lot of character. It’s out of the way but well worth a visit.