Next concerts in Dublin:
A city full of live music.
There is nothing better than hearing live music you know and love in a city you’ve never been in before. Dublin is a city full of live music and pretty much any place with taps and a bartender could be considered as a viable music venue. If you’re looking for a live music venue with a little more to offer than off-key singer/songwriters and cringe-worthy karaoke sessions, these live music venues in Dublin are for you.
This place looks great and with its old-fashioned theatre vibe, it’s perfect for everything including music, movie screenings and DJ sets. There are a whole host of movie screenings, DJ sets and live music.
What this place lacks in size it more than makes up for in variety. You can usually tell what day of the week it is by what music is being pumped out into the cobbled streets of Temple Bar. I would usually advise people to steer clear of drinking in Temple Bar, this and The Old Storehouse are the two exceptions to my rule. The Mezz won’t have as prestigious names performing as some of these other venues but seven days a week they will have a selection of bands playing each night that span all genres. Keep an eye out for the face-meltingly talented “Soul Power”who are to cover bands what James Brown was to funk. I also feel it’s worth mentioning that the soulful sounding splits pulling frontman of the band is, in fact, a mathematician, go figure
Whelan’s off Camden is a little bit of marvel. From outside you wouldn’t imagine anything more than a small atmospheric snug but this place never seems to end. It has seating areas with their own fireplaces, a massive dance floor equipped with a Dj in the back, an upstairs open-air smoking area and finally the intimate little area where most of their live music is held.
There isn’t much on in Vicar St in the next month or so for whatever reason, there isn’t a single event scheduled for the month of July but Dara O’Brien will be playing us out till the end of June. If you are a fan of comedy then this man is a must see, he usually performs most of his shows in England so this is a nice opportunity to catch him on his home turf
Olympia has functioned as a venue for just about everything since 1835. This is one of the most loved theatres and venues in Dublin. The majority of people living in this city, young and old have seen at least one performance they will never forget in this prestigious theatre. For me, I’ll never forget seeing one of my all-time heroes James Brown being led off the stage only to jump back up continue making my day. If you want to make memories for yourself of the Olympia there are plenty of opportunities coming up.
The venue defines itself as “A drinking pub with a music problem”. Indeed the Mulligan Family, owners of the pub, has been playing Irish traditional music for 5 generations.
Their live scene produces customary shows on a daily basis. You can also practice your instrumentals skills with “The Balaclavas” on Wednesdays. The first 2.5-hour session is free and all levels are welcome!
Also, note that Uilleann Pipes performances take place each first Tuesdays of every month.
The International Bar
If you are a Jazz and Folk fan, then the International Bar is for you. Every evening, the countries’ top talents will perform in the Lounge. The entertainment is free but a donation for the artists is always welcome.
The International Bar was also the birthplace of the “Comedy Cellar”, the First Comedy Club in Dublin. If you are not a music fan but appreciate a great guffaw, you are in for a treat.
This Indie spot is legendary for being the scene for ‘in vogue’ and worldwide promising talents. For 115 years, this old school boozer was Dublin Working Men’s Club. After a 7-year interruption, a new name and a new mission (supplying a space for artists and philosophers); The Workmans Club has won the Hot Press/IMRO Live Music Venue of Year 2018.
A place made of repurposed timber from a nearby convent is already quite intriguing. Embellish its décor with portholes from an Irish Naval Ship –used as small windows. Then, coat its ground with wooden flooring planks from the Bolands Mill. Add a bar bursting with rum and a stage acting for rock. Fit it all in an 18thcentury pirate ship and you will can get a sense of the ambience at The Bowery.
The Grand Social
The Grand Social has several venues including The Loft, a circus-designed room/bar. The Loft stages first-class gigs and connects to a covered beer garden. The Ballroom Bar is where the crème de la crème of Dublin’s DJs perform. Every Saturday, The Grand Social highlights its boho facet and hosts its own indoor vintage flea market.
The Auld Dubliner
Located in the Heart of a touristic area, locals remain the everlasting customers of the pub (best sign of quality). A sweet mix of traditional and coeval Irish rhythm plays daily from 12PM.
“The Dubliners”, one of the most acclaimed Irish bands, found their quarters in O’Donogues. Indeed the folk group was dawn and frequently performed in the establishment. Since then, a considerable number of illustrious artists were launched from their live scene. Besides, the pub is Bruce Springsteen and Rihanna’s prime choice when they visit the capital.
Traditional Irish Music kicks off every evening from 9PM (5PM on Saturdays).
The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head is the oldest bar in Ireland. The institution has been serving pints for hundreds of years. A medieval feeling hits you immediately at the threshold. It doubtlessly comes from the fortress design with a curved opening and the quadrangle’s masonry.
Furthermore, revolutionaries, such as Robert Emmet or Michael Collins, planned their historical insurgency from the public house. Poets and novelists, like James Joyce and Brendan Behan, were also regular customers.
Contemporary and folk music seisiún nightly from 9:30PM.
The Porterhouse is not only notorious for being the first Pub/Brewery in Dublin but also for the quality of their homebrewed beers. Indeed, the Brewing Industry International Awards rewarded them with two gold medals.
Their live scene has been on every night since 1996. Both “trad” and new genre share the stage nearly nightly.
Vantastival May –June
Welcome to one of the hottest family-friendly arts and music festivals this Summer. This all-inclusive music festival is aimed at “vanlifers” and those eager to rest by night in their home on wheels, but campers and day-trippers are permitted, too.
Sea Sessions June
For those of you eager to lap up the Summer vibes, this top annual music festival in Ireland is for you.
Sea Sessions is a surf and music festival that offers both in equal measure. Taking place in Bundoran, County Donegal, festival-goers will be spending their time between the surf and stages.
Local and international indie artists are sure to make this one of the finest festivals of the Summer.
Belsonic is a massive music festival which takes place throughout June this year in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
A variety of mega daytime festival-like gigs will take place over the course of the month and top acts include The Killers and George Ezra.
Knockanstockan Festival – July
This indie music and arts festival takes place each year in County Wicklow, only a short drive from Dublin.
Knockanstockan is the epitome of an authentic alternative music festival so expect good vibes and hippie values over the course of this three-day festival.
Camping tickets, as well as one-day passes, are still on the go so get in quick and secure your place!
All Together Now – August
All Together Now will take place over the August Bank Holiday and is set to be one of the best annual music festivals in Ireland this year.
With a world-class line-up of Patti Smith and The National, tickets for this festival sold out in record time. Saying that we advise you to keep an eye on Gumtree and the Facebook event page for re-sells.
Open Ear – May – June
This small-scale independent festival will take place on Sherkin Island, just off the West coast of Ireland.
The festival – which promises to be intimate in size – will offer campers a unique chance to camp on the beach and enjoy the beauty of their natural surroundings. All the while there’ll be some of Ireland’s best upcoming acts.
Another Love Story -August
This offbeat indie festival of arts and music is certainly one of the best annual festivals in Ireland. Small in size and rich in atmosphere, festival-goers will be besotted with the community vibes of ALS.
Expect poetry readings and fine artisanal food, disco dancing in wondrous woodlands and fancy dress.
Forbidden Fruit – June
This day festival takes place over three consecutive days in June 2019. With mega-acts taking to the stage, festival-goers are bound to be impressed.
Headliners include Maribou State, Skepta, Elbow and many more! Tickets are selling fast, so buy now or regret it later.
Electric Picnic – August
Where once Electric Picnic was seen as the bohemian alternative to major commercial festivals, it is now one of the biggest in the country.
Saying that it also offers some of the best artists on show across all annual music festivals in Ireland. The Strokes, Florence and the Machine and Hozier will be topping the line-up and the festival has already sold out.
Keep an eye on the Facebook event page as re-sells are already being advertised!
Body & Soul – June
If you’re looking for an epic annual Summer music festival in Ireland that is not too big and not too small, Body & Soul is a great shout.
This festival is the leading bohemian Summer experience, so expect lots of installations, art, wonderland feels and fancy dress.
Alternative and indie musicians punctuate the schedule at this ultimate arts and music fest.