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Our festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish musicianship. From modest beginnings the festival has gone from strength to strength. The past decade has has seen the festival grow in terms of size, ambition and musical breadth, with a line-up that now appeals to the purist and the merely curious alike. Although TradFest today is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music we now also feature artists from the worlds of folk, nu-folk, and even (whisper it) rock and roll! We want to keep it special – we are still a boutique Winter festival – closing the door on the darkest season and ushering in the light and energy of Spring. TradFest also offers concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places. From the breathtaking nave of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the grandeur of City Hall, this is the difference between memorable and unforgettable. We invite you to join us, to feel […]

Founded by Louis Walsh in 1993, Boyzone achieved unparalleled success in the 1990s. The group originally comprised lead vocalist Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy, and they were widely touted as Ireland’s answer to Take That. With 25 million records sold, Boyzone enjoyed chart success all over Europe, including several No.1 albums and numerous top-selling singles. Thier 1997 hit Picture of You won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song. In October 2009, the band were left devastated when Stephen Gately died from natural causes at the age of 33. The remaining four members return this year to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

DCNYF is a programme of the City Arts Office, part of the Culture, Community & Recreation Department of Dublin City Council (Chief Executive Owen P. Keegan, Deputy Chief Executive Brendan Kenny). The work of the Arts Office is made possible by the support of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál MacDonncha, and the members of Dublin City Council. Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship. The 2019 programme celebrates The Year of the Pig and marks the 12th year of this internationally recognised festival. With Chinese New Year’s Day falling on Friday 5th of February 2019, the festival plans to deliver a high profile cultural and celebratory programme to mark this significant date in the Chinese Calendar. Dublin will also continue to build on its twinning agreement with Beijing signed in 2011 and Dublin Airport Authority twinning with Beijing Airport established in 2013.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production. Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm. Collecting over thirty international accolades including an Olivier Award and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times. All prices include a €1 facilities fee per ticket. Telephone & Internet bookings are subject to a maximum s/c of €6.85 per ticket/ Agents €3.30.

Join Alex (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash hit musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. This brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek The Musical) will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”!

One of the biggest music artist from Ireland, Picture This, have had a phenomenal year. Since the release of their self-titled album in 2017, Ryan Hennessy, Jimmy Rainsford, Owen Cardiff and Cliff Deane have been topping the charts and touring across the UK.

2019 marks Take That’s 30th Anniversary. To celebrate their milestone, the band have announced a massive UK & Ireland arena and stadium tour performing all their much loved greatest hits live. The tour will see Take That play shows in many towns and cities that they have never played before plus they will be joined by special guest Rick Astley. Take That have also confirmed the release of ‘Odyssey’ a re-imagined greatest hits album that takes the listener on a journey through the incredible musical history of one of the UK’s most successful bands of all time. Ahead of the Album release, fans will get a taster of what’s to come when the band release ‘Pray(Odyssey Version)’ on 21st September to coincide with their UK & Ireland Tour announcement. The ‘Odyssey’ album – produced by Stuart Price – kicks off celebrations on 23rd November and features 27 tracks spanning three decades of the band’s history from their 1992 debut ‘Take that and Party’, right up to the present day. The album will also feature a host of special guests as well as three brand new tracks, set to continue what is easily one of the greatest British pop stories ever […]

Olly Murs has announced a brand new tour, which includes a dates in Dublin and Belfast. The ‘Troublemaker’ singer will bring his arena tour to the 3 Arena on Monday 13th May and Belfast SSE Arena on Tuesday 14th May The tour comes in support of Olly’s latest studio album You Know, I Know, which is due for release on November 9

Olly Murs has announced a brand new tour, which includes a dates in Dublin and Belfast. The ‘Troublemaker’ singer will bring his arena tour to the 3 Arena on Monday 13th May and Belfast SSE Arena on Tuesday 14th May The tour comes in support of Olly’s latest studio album You Know, I Know, which is due for release on November 9

Westlife are one of the most popular and best-known Irish bands of all time. Over the course of their 14 year career Westlife amassed enormous numbers of fans in Ireland and the rest of the UK as well as worldwide. Formed in 1998 and signed by Simon Cowell, the band originally comprised five members: Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Brian McFadden and Kian Egan. Brian chose to leave the band in 2004 to spend more time with his family, and released a solo single which went to No.1 in the charts. Alongside their many chart achievements, Westlife were also impressive on stage, with 12 international concert tours during their performing career. They visited countries across the world in four continents: Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. For their final farewell tour, the Greatest Hits Tour 2012, almost 85,000 tickets for the night at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin sold out in just five minutes, setting new records for ticket sales and forcing the band to extend the run by adding an additional show. Their final concerts were screened in 200 cinemas in 16 countries, including Ireland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Estonia, Indonesia and Denmark. Over the course of […]

Rod Stewart is a British musical icon, who has been performing for over fifty years. He’s announced his return to the road in May 2019, celebrating the release of his forthcoming 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses. The live dates mark Rod’s first UK tour in three years, having sold out venues on his 2016 The UK Hits Stadium Tour and his From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits run. The fully seated shows will follow the release of Blood Red Roses, due on the 28 September 2018. Rod Stewart recently unveiled the video for brand new track Didn’t I featuring New York raised singer Bridget Cady.

At the end of May, Snow Patrol released Wildness, their first album in seven years. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive. Lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album: “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all its confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.” To celebrate the release of Wildness, Snow Patrol debuted new music videos for A Youth Written in Fire, Life and Death, Wild Horses and A Dark Switch. The band has previously released music videos for Empress, What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?, Life on Earth and Don’t Give In.

It’s the return of the European summer vacation! Following the attendance breaking indoor arena run that ended in May of this year, we are psyched to announce that we will be returning to Europe in May of next year to do an outdoor run of our own shows, primarily in stadiums, but also the occasional park and even a castle thrown in for good measure! Kicking off May 1, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, the tour will visit 25 cities across 20 countries including many cities we did not stop in on the most recent excursion. Milan, Zürich, Dublin, Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, Bucharest, Göteborg and Brussels (first time since 1988!) are all on the itinerary this summer. We also have three firsts (go figure!) with shows in Trondheim Norway, Hämeenlinna Finland, and Tartu, Estonia. Joining us for the festivities will be Ghost and Bokassa. This tour also marks the appearance of another first in Europe with the Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket, a wildly popular addition to our menu of options for the current North American tour. The Black Ticket is your one-stop shop; a single ticket that allows you floor access to any Metallica show on the 2019 European […]

After a  23 year absence, The Cure will return to Dublin to Malahide Castle on Saturday June 8th. They last performed in Dublin in 1996 at the Point – there setlist for that gig can be found here!

The Backstreet Boys are thrilled to announce the release of their new album “DNA,” coming out January 25th on RCA Records. Now available for pre-order here https://backstreet-boys-uk.myshopify.com. “DNA” – the group’s 10th studio album – features songs written by Lauv (Charlie XCX), Andy Grammer, Stuart Crichton (DNC) and Mike Sabbath (J Balvin). Earlier today, to get fans excited, BSB released their new single, a Ryan Tedder, Shawn Mendes penned track “Chances.” Listen and watch the official video for the song here: http://smarturl.it/bsbxChances Beginning on May 11th, the group will set off on the “DNA World Tour” – their biggest arena tour in 18 years. Over the course of 3 months, the guys will perform all over Europe and North America, headlining venues including Dublin’s 3Arena, London’s O2 Arena, Paris’s AccorHotels Arena, Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena and many more. Tickets will go on sale Friday 16th November, ticket information can be found here: https://backstreet-boys-uk.myshopify.com. Pre-order any album format before 3pm GMT on Tuesday 13th November 2018 to receive priority access to The Backstreet Boys 2019 “DNA” World Tour.

Ever since hit single Rocket Man began a run of 16 consecutive top 20 hit singles in 1972, Elton John has been an international music superstar. Credited with returning the piano in popular consciousness to the role of a percussion instrument, he is responsible for classic songs such as Nikita, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Candle in the Wind and I’m Still Standing. Elton also won an Oscar for his work on the Lion King soundtrack, including the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

Scala is the most unique band on the planet. An act made up of the classically trained Kolacny Brothers; Steven (piano) and Stijn (conducting) who have turned a 200 strong Belgian all-girl choir into an international phenomenon, performing imaginative reinterpretations of Radiohead, U2, Nirvana and Metallica songs (to name but a few) as well as their equally successful original compositions. With their spectacular visual performances and uniquely beautiful arrangements of popular rock and indie songs, Scala has become a word of mouth phenomenon in Europe and the US. Their version of Radiohead’s Creep was picked by David Fincher himself to feature on the trailer of hit film The Social Network taking the band to a completely new audience. Like the film itself, the trailer has been a huge global hit more than 250m people have seen in the Cinema, on TV or online. Thanks in part to the subsequent buzz on social media; traffic to the brothers’ website went through the roof: their interpretation of Creep is an internet phenomenon, watched in various forms around ten million times. Scala have sold over 500,000 records in Europe now and performed live at Coachella and SXSW this year. This success was immediately […]

International Pop Icon P!NK has today announced a stadium show at RDS Arena on 18 June as part of her P!NK Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2019.  Famed for her immensely powerful and unique voice and her high-octane live shows, Irish fans are in for a treat when she hits Dublin next summer. This will be P!NK’s first live show in Ireland since 2013. Verified fan pre-sale commences on Saturday 20th October at 9am. P!NK’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour, which started in Phoenix USA in March 2018, has already seen her thrill audiences across America, Australia and New Zealand with esteemed music magazine Variety claiming “I can say without too much fear of hyperbole that, in decades of concert-going and reviewing, Pink’s is the most ‘holy f—ing s—‘ act of physicality I’ve ever seen as part of a pop show”. Since her debut in 2000, P!NK has released 7 studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 57 million albums equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (19 nominations), one […]

The one-person powerhouse started out playing open mic nights on a fake ID and busking on the streets of Australia. Now Tash is selling out every headline show, from theatres to arenas across multiple countries and playing dozens of high profile festivals around the world, including this year’s Coachella & Lollapalooza. Recent accolades include over 200 million streams of the Notion EP, hit single Jungle coming in at No.3 in triple j’s Hottest 100 and achieving gold sales for the Notion EP. Tash’s highly anticipated debut album, Flow State will be released on 31 August.

Westlife are one of the most popular and best-known Irish bands of all time. Over the course of their 14 year career Westlife amassed enormous numbers of fans in Ireland and the rest of the UK as well as worldwide. Formed in 1998 and signed by Simon Cowell, the band originally comprised five members: Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Brian McFadden and Kian Egan. Brian chose to leave the band in 2004 to spend more time with his family, and released a solo single which went to No.1 in the charts. Alongside their many chart achievements, Westlife were also impressive on stage, with 12 international concert tours during their performing career. They visited countries across the world in four continents: Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. For their final farewell tour, the Greatest Hits Tour 2012, almost 85,000 tickets for the night at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin sold out in just five minutes, setting new records for ticket sales and forcing the band to extend the run by adding an additional show. Their final concerts were screened in 200 cinemas in 16 countries, including Ireland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Estonia, Indonesia and Denmark. Over the course of […]

American rock legends Eagles have announced six UK shows in June and July 2019 as part of a newly announced European tour. They’ll be coming to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, will be gracing the stage performing classic hits such as Hotel California, One of These Nights, Life in the Fast Lane, and Desperado. They will also be joined by very special guest Sheryl Crow for their London show at Wembley Stadium on 23 June 2019. Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971, the band have become one of the world’s best-selling bands in history and have sold 150 million records worldwide to date. Since their formation, they have racked up some impressive awards and achievements. They have scored five number-one singles and six number-one albums, as well as won six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards. At the end of the 20th century, Record Association of America ranked two of their albums, Their Greatest Hits and Hotel California, in the 20 best-selling albums in the United States. By 2006, the two albums became two of the top three best-selling albums in America. […]

One of the biggest music artist from Ireland, Picture This, have had a phenomenal year. Since the release of their self-titled album in 2017, Ryan Hennessy, Jimmy Rainsford, Owen Cardiff and Cliff Deane have been topping the charts and touring across the UK.

Grittier and more glamorous than ever before, this brand-new production is direct from a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Leicester Curve. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more? With its phenomenal score, bursting with hits including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want, this thrilling new version is bought to life by a fresh young cast who bring energy, vitality and passion to this ultimate musical classic. Directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and starring very special guest artist – Peter Andre as Teen Angel* – reignite your passion and get ready for an explosion of summer loving. So round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and re-discover why Grease really is the one that you want this term! *Please note: Peter Andre will appear in performances from 24 – 28 September only.

Pop superstars Little Mix return in autumn 2019 with their The LM5 Tour across the UK and Ireland. The arena tour kicks off in Dublin on 10 October, ending in Leeds on 19 November 2018. The girls will also perform three massive nights at The O2 Arena in London as part of the run. The shows will see Little Mix perform songs from their brand new album LM5, alongside their greatest hits including Touch, Shout Out to My Ex, Black Magic and Wings. Last updated: October, 2018 SSE 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th October

Pop superstars Little Mix return in autumn 2019 with their The LM5 Tour across the UK and Ireland. The arena tour kicks off in Dublin on 10 October, ending in Leeds on 19 November 2018. The girls will also perform three massive nights at The O2 Arena in London as part of the run. The shows will see Little Mix perform songs from their brand new album LM5, alongside their greatest hits including Touch, Shout Out to My Ex, Black Magic and Wings. Last updated: October, 2018

The first is his 1986 release, ‘Into The Light’, which Chris had shrewdly envisaged could be the record that might place him fully centre stage as an international artist – and so it proved, thanks to one song in particular: ‘The Lady In Red’. It was the composition which finally established him as a known singer-songwriter around the world and has since become an undeniable evergreen classic. It achieved No. 1 status in 47 countries, including the UK, reached No.2 in America and has now sold in excess of 8 million copies. To this day, it remains one of the most played songs on the planet; in America alone, it has been the recipient of six annual ASCAP (Association of Composers and Publishers) Awards, presented to acknowledge it as among the Top 20 most played records in the United States in a period of 12 months. The second album is ‘Moonfleet & Other Stories’, from 2010, which took Chris on the most ambitious, demanding and evocative journey of his long career which, by then, had resulted in albums sales approaching 50 million worldwide. “I gave myself the biggest challenge in writing and recording that album,” Chris estimates. “It was very […]