The Top 5 Music Festivals To Attend In Ireland

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Ireland is famous for its gorgeous landscapes, friendly people, and amazing beer. While these are all good reasons to visit Ireland, the country also has something else to offer – music festivals! If you’re an avid music fan, these five music festivals in Ireland are the ones you should definitely be on the lookout for.

1) Electric Picnic

The Electric Picnic music festival takes place in County Laois, Ireland. It is one of the most popular music festivals in all of Europe and has been featured on Lonely Planet as one of Europe’s top music festivals. The event includes many different genres from live bands to DJ’s and has a lot of food options too. For example, artists on previous lineups include CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, and The 1975.

2) Indiependence

Located in Athy, County Kildare, Indiependence is a great option for music lovers. This is one of those festivals that acts as a go-to on every festival goer’s list. With its first-ever event taking place in 1999 and now boasting four music festivals annually, it’s easy to see why so many people rave about Indiependence. Acts like The Script, All Saints, Will Young and The Darkness can all be found playing at Indiependence over its three-day span.

3) Body & Soul

Doolin, County Clare, is home to Body & Soul which occurs in late July. This event boasts fantastic local music and food and it is also dog-friendly. Plus, it takes place on a beach! Surrounding yourself with natural beauty and listening to great music definitely adds to your experience. There’s something magical about sunsets over water; it puts you in a great mood. Take advantage of that good feeling as you sit around an Irish campfire. You’ll be glad you did!

4) Belsonic

Belsonic is a three-day music festival held annually in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This summer fans can catch Iron Maiden, Dermot Kennedy, Scooter, and many more. The festival has previously featured big-name acts such as Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Rey and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Having begun in 2000 it is one of the longest-running music festivals in Europe. Now a major part of Belfast culture and history, it boasts over 60% local attendees each year making it one of Europe’s top 20 biggest events! Belsonic attracts over 35000 revellers every year with some notable appearances from Tiësto, Disclosure, and Skrillex.

5) Forbidden Fruit Festival

Forbidden Fruit Festival has an audience of 50,000 people, making it one of the biggest events in Dublin. It has been running for eight years now and is held in Phoenix Park. There are four stages to choose from and artists such as Hozier and Aslan have performed here. Additionally, this festival takes place in June.


To sum up, these five music festivals in Ireland stand out from the rest. Each one offers a unique experience. If you’re planning to travel to Ireland and are looking for an amazing music festival, check out these events. These top five festivals should be on your list when you visit Ireland. They’ll surely provide an enjoyable time!

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