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We believe in the power of dance to move, connect and inspire change. With so much of Ireland’s culture tied up in the past, dance has a unique power to explore and express what it is to be human, right now. Each year in May, DDF presents the best Irish and international dance performances in venues throughout the city to a growing and evolving audience. DDF is a vital platform for artists and the creation of new work. We generate opportunities for artists, both nationally and internationally, through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance. DDF actively seeks-out, establishes and evolves collaborations with like-minded organisations, venues and strategic partners to create opportunities year-round for audiences and artists, exploring new models for producing and touring dance.

The Festival will take place in Harold’s Cross during the week of 13th May – culminating on Sunday 19th May.

The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival will be held on Friday 17th – Sunday 19th of May and is the ultimate celebration of this special prawn taking place in the beautiful fishing village of Howth. Celebrating the famous Dublin Bay Prawn Howth’s finest restaurants, bars and cafés will host a variety of amazing food experiences at the Harbour Festival Food Village serving the freshest, most delicious seafood, cooked every way imaginable, including a selection of special Dublin Bay Prawn dishes.

The Gospel Rising Music Festival is coming to Dublin City centre for the first time from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May. Promising to be the biggest Gospel Rising Festival yet, visitors are guaranteed a social, fun and energetic weekend made up of workshops and gigs showcasing Ireland’s many talented gospel choirs! Taking place in a number of venues across North Dublin City, the Festival aims to spread the joy and positivity of singing with others. Leading Irish and international choral experts will facilitate workshops in gospel choir music, teaching every aspect of this genre of music, from performance styles, choreography, soloist techniques, to harmonising and a Capella. These workshops are open to anyone, whether you’re already in a choir or just partial to a song in the shower, the workshops are tailored for every skill and confidence level, so everyone will feel part of the sessions and comfortable to sing along. Individual Workshop tickets start from €25 or Full Weekend Festival tickets are available at €75 from GospelRising.com, these will provide access to workshops and performances throughout the weekend, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Events begin with a group workshop on Friday evening at 8pm, while Saturday 18th […]

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin’s line-up is sure to impress. Attracting visitors from around the world annually, the festival is a destination for those who wish to celebrate the very best of Irish and international talent. With readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix of poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise and inspire. Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. Come celebrate many specially commissioned events in the City of Words.

Culture Date with Dublin 8 is a neighbourhood initiative, which aims to celebrate Dublin 8’s rich cultural, historical and architectural heritage while encouraging people who are living, working and visiting the area to explore what is on their doorstep. This initiative offers a year-long programme of free, family friendly events, activities and workshops during a weekend-long festival in May and a host of free events that take place across the calendar year. Culture Date with Dublin 8 also offers a workspace engagement scheme helping to connect people who work in the area with their local cultural heritage.​Culture Date with Dublin 8 is hosted by some of the leading institutions in Dublin 8 including IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham Gaol, The Phoenix Park, The Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Richmond Barracks and Goldenbridge Cemetery (Glasnevin Trust) with the aim to expand and collaborate with more cultural, historical and educational institutions in the area in the coming years. ​This collaborative project and programme of events aims to connect with and amplify the wider efforts being made to regenerate the area, highlighting all the great things there are to see and do in Dublin 8 to locals and visitors alike. […]

Come and discover top dogs, curious cats and slithering snakes as Smithfield Square is transformed into a pet lovers paradise! The annual Pets in the City, brought to you by Dublin City Council and supported by the DSPCA and the DSPCA Dog Training Academy, will take place on Sunday 19th May 2019 in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. This free, family friendly event promises to be a great day out for animal lovers living in the city with a wide range of activities, stalls and entertainment. The DSPCA Dog Training Academy will host Dog Agility Workshops and Scruffs Dog Show, where members of the public are invited to enter their own furry friends. Pet enthusiasts can expect a range of stalls offering great deals on all kinds of animal accessories, grooming products, toys and novelty items as well as the opportunity to avail of micro-chipping and pet health advice from the DSPCA. (To avail of micro-chipping you must bring ID and proof of address i.e. utility bill). A reptile corner and a small animal farm will give visitors the opportunity to interact with, and learn about, all kinds of animals. Pets in the City is a fantastic day out and offers families the […]

Féile Nasc will take place in Marlay Park on Saturday, 25th of May 2019. The festival will showcase some of the best Folk and Traditional Music acts in an awesome setting! Féile Nasc will give a platform to Irish folk and traditional music in Dublin. Those in attendance will celebrate together the special role played by our music in creating a bond between the people of Ireland and beyond. There will be a special emphasis on showcasing local musicians as well as more well-known national artists. Féile Nasc will be run on an eco-friendly basis with all vendors committing to the use of compostable packaging and locally sourced food. Beer will also be supplied by local brewers. We will welcome suggestions as to how we can improve our environmental sustainability in the coming years. The beautiful trees and shrubs that will provide the natural backdrop for the Féile will be focal points within the festival area. Féile Nasc strongly encourages those attending the festival to come on foot or by public transport where possible. Festival parking will be limited to the overflow section of the main Grange Road car park. We look forward to sharing the experience with you!

After playing to a sold out crowd at Malahide Castle last summer, Kodaline have just announced two 2019 summer dates for St. Anne’s Park in Dublin on 31 May and 1 June 2019. Kodaline have racked up sales of almost 2 million albums across their three releases – “Politics of Living” ,”Coming Up For Air”and their debut “In A Perfect World”. They topped the album Irish album charts with their highly anticipated third album ‘Politics of Living’ in October after receiving massive airplay for hit singles “Head Held High”, “Follow Your Fire’ and “Brother”. The album sees them team up with some of the hottest production and writing talent imaginable including hitmaker supreme Steve Mac (‘Shape Of You’ by Ed Sheeran), pop guru Johnny Coffer (Rag’N’Bone Man, Beyonce), Jonas Jeberg (Dizzee Rascal, Kylie Minogue), Stephen Harris (Miles Kane, Kaiser Chiefs) as well as long-time collaborator Johnny McDaid (‘What About Us’ by Pink). ‘Politics Of Living” is the follow up to their 2nd album ‘Coming Up for Air’ which reached no 1 in Ireland and top 5 in various other territories. Their debut album, ‘In A Perfect World’ has sold over a million copies worldwide and imprinted itself on the nation’s […]

May 31st Deacon Blue It is now 29 years since the band – founded in Glasgow and famously named after a Steely Dan song Deacon Blues” – released their million-selling debut album, Raintown, in 1987. A string of bestsellers followed, then a reunion show in 1999 and a follow-up album in 2001, and the band continued to reconvene whenever there was a good reason to do so… But it the success of their 2012 release, The Hipsters, which marked the beginning for the band: a return to days when a new, ground-breaking album and a major UK tour was never more than a couple of years away. Their new album, Believers, was released this year. Basement Jaxx The British production duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are the talents behind some of the biggest dance floor hits in recent years. Their works include hits such as Samba Magic, Da Underground and, off course, above all, the chart topping Remedy. Needless to say, house music hasn’t quite been the same since. Stereo MCS Formed in 1985, Stereo MCs hit the public’s attention with 1990 album Supernatural and single Elevate My Mind. It was 1992 follow up Connected, with hit singles […]

Over three decades the lifelong friends that are the members of ELBOW have created one of the most remarkable stories in British contemporary music. We are thrilled to have this incredible band headlining the Monday of Forbidden Fruit 2019. Having always had such a fierce legion of Irish fans – this is sure to be a very special show, hopefully with some fan favourites in the mix with the likes of ‘Lippy Kids’, ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘Mirrorball’. We’re super excited to announce that one of the hottest rising stars of the grime world, the hugely talented SKEPTA will be joining us next year. Since emerging as a producer and MC in 2004, Skepta has become one of the most significant British artists in music today. The Mercury Prize winner and BRIT Award nominee has built a diverse audience through both recordings and live performances, and his enduring influence is felt throughout contemporary culture. Next up it’s the turn of MURA MASA, the stage name of British producer Alex Crossan. Last year he headlined the debut All Together Now and having collaborated with Christine & The Queens, Damon Albarn, ASAP Rocky, it’s been quite the year for Crossan so […]

June 1st Madness Formed in the late 1970s, Madness achieved immediate success with their debut album, One Step Beyond, which reached No.2 in the British album charts. Between 1980 and 1983 the band went on to score 13 UK top 10 singles including My Girl, Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love and House of Fun. Firmly established as one of the UK’s favourite acts and pioneers of the SKA movement, Madness have since released over 11 albums. In 2016 they launched their inaugural House of Common festival in Clapham, a one-day festival with a line-up full of SKA and reggae peformers, at which they headlined. House of Common returned for a second year in 2017. Friday 31 May: Deacon Blue with Basement Jaxx (DJ Set) and Stereo MCs. Early bird tickets priced €39.90 inclusive of booking fee. Saturday 1 June: Madness with Lightning Seeds and Something Happens. Early Bird Tickets prIced €49.90 inclusive of booking fee. Sunday 2 June: Primal Scream with The Charlatans and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Early bird tickets priced €39.90 inclusive of booking fee.

Nile Rodgers & Chic live at St. Anne’s Park is set to be one of the best live shows of the summer filled with hit after hit after hit from Le Freak, Everybody Dance, Good Times, I Want Your Loveto many more fan favourites. Music legend Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music.Joining Nile Rodgers & Chic are the multi million selling Kaiser Chiefs. With a catalogue of chart topping singles from their 6 studio albums, Kaiser Chiefs fans can expect a high energy show filled with live favourites from Oh My God, I Predict A Riot, Ruby,  Everything Is Average Nowadays, Never Miss a Beat to Everyday I Love You Less and Less alongside future hits from their 7th studio album set to be released early this year.

Primal Scream, who have released a catalogue of influential, ground-breaking albums over the last three decades including ‘Screamadelica’, XTRMNTR, ‘Vanishing Point’ and ‘Riot City Blues, will be joined by special guests The Charlatans and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Primal Scream release a new, two volume singles compilation in May ahead of the Dublin show – ‘Maximum Rock ’N’ Roll: The Singles’ featuring Rocks, Moving On Up, Come Together and Andrew Weatherall’s ‘Uptown’ mix, and Some Velvet Morning featuring Kate Moss. Friday 31 May: Deacon Blue with Basement Jaxx (DJ Set) and Stereo MCs. Early bird tickets priced €39.90 inclusive of booking fee. Saturday 1 June: Madness with Lightning Seeds and Something Happens. Early Bird Tickets prIced €49.90 inclusive of booking fee. Sunday 2 June: Primal Scream with The Charlatans and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Early bird tickets priced €39.90 inclusive of booking fee.

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.

See full details here Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally & Lunch Jun 7, 2019 Bewley’s Café Theatre Presents: BLOOMING ULYSSES Jun 10, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 The Dublin Ulysses Tour Jun 10, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 Bloomsday at Sweny’s Pharmacy Jun 11, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 Bloomsday Festival at The James Joyce Tower & Museum, Sandycove Jun 11, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 The Heaventree of Stars at Dunsink Observatory Jun 11, 2019 Strolling Through Ulysses! by Robert Gogan Jun 12, 2019 Bloomsday @ Epic – Ulysses in Distant Lands Jun 12, 2019 A Joycean Serenata by Il Coro Italiano di Dublino Jun 12, 2019 Dr. Anne Marie D’Arcy – The Shadow of Kishinev in Ulysses at the Irish Jewish Museum Jun 12, 2019 Olives, Oysters and Oranges at The Olivier Cornet Gallery. Jun 13, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 Bloomsday Villages across Dublin City Jun 14, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’ Jun 14, 2019 International Bloomsday at the National Library of Ireland Jun 15, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 Dalkey Bloomsday Festival (15&16 June) Jun 15, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 How to Marry a Literary Genius Jun 15, 2019 Merrion Square […]

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 […]

Are coming to Live at the Marquee Cork June 8th 2019!!!! Delighted to announce Mr Damien Dempsey and his full band as our special guest!

Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. Celebrations often include dressing up like characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat. Celebrations come in many different forms like readings, performances and visiting the places and establishments referenced in the book. Joycean Pub Crawl Jun 12 The Bloomsday Eve Bus Jun 15, 2019 The Poetry Brothel: Bloomsday Eve Jun 15, 2019 Bloomsday Walks Jun 16 Bloomsday Guided Tour – 10AM Jun 16, 2019 Bloomsday Guided Tour – 11AM Jun 16, 2019 Bloomsday Guided Tour – 12PM Jun 16, 2019 Bloomsday Guided Tour – 1PM Jun 16, 2019 Bloomsday Guided Tour – 2PM Jun 16, 2019 Bloomsday Guided Tour – 3PM Jun 16, 2019 The Bloomsday Bus – 10am Jun 16, 2019 The Bloomsday Bus – […]

BELSONIC returns to the idyllic setting at Ormeau Park, Belfast. The popular music festival will bring a host of international headline acts to the heart of Belfast city centre across the month of June. Wednesday 12th June 2019 Slash Ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators Blackberry Smoke No Hot Ashes Screaming Eagles Friday 14th June 2019 Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Disciples Hugel Thursday 20th June 2019 Stormzy Plus Guests Friday 21st June 2019 Ben Nicky Plus Guests Saturday 22nd June 2019 George Ezra Plus Guests Tuesday 25th June 2019 The Killers Lewis Capaldi Wednesday 26th June 2019 Marshmello Jax Jones Thursday 27th June 2019 Hozier Maggie Rogers David Keenan Friday 28th June 2019 Tiësto Loud Luxury

Formed in London in the 1960s, Fleetwood Mac are one of the most successful recording artists of all time, selling in excess of 100 million albums worldwide. In their illustrious career so far, the band have released 17 studio albums and no fewer than 62 singles. Their most successful album to date is the 1977 release Rumours. The record, which peaked at No.1 in the US and UK on release is one of the bestselling albums of all time, reaching diamond status in several countries and spawning hit singles such as You Make Loving Fun, Dreams, Don’t Stop and the seminal Go Your Own Way. Since the release of Rumours, Fleetwood Mac have gone onto release six more studio albums and hit singles such as Big Love, Little Lies and Everywhere. In 1998 the band were awarded a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to the British Music Industry and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Taste of Dublin, Ireland’s premier food and drinks festival, will return to the stunning Iveagh Gardens from 13-16 June 2019. Over four indulgent days the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants each fashioned together exquisite signature dishes, allowing visitors to create their dream tasting menu at the ultimate foodie festival. Visitors will have the chance to mingle with award-winning chefs and like-minded foodies. You will enjoy a host of interactive demos and masterclasses, inspiring culinary talks, beer and wine tasting, or simply relax and take in the live entertainment. All at Taste of Dublin – ‘Where Food Lovers Feast’

Dalkey Book Festival, described by Salman Rushdie as “the best little festival in the world”, takes place every year in June. It was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010. Since then the festival has hosted internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Costa winners.. Dalkey, “the most beautiful little seaside town on earth”, has a rich literary heritage. The birthplace of George Bernard Shaw, schoolhouse of James Joyce and playground to Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien, Dalkey is also home to the likes of Joseph O’Connor, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. It’s the perfect spot for a literary festival of books and ideas. The charm of this festival is undoubtedly the intimate nature of the numerous events, which take place in pubs, cafes, shops, schools and the local town hall as well as the medieval graveyard , the secret garden marquee and the Masonic Lodge. Dalkey is the kind of place where you will casually bump into some of the world’s greatest writers, in the parks, pubs and cafes of this compact town

The rise of Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike has been nothing short of meteoric. From small beginnings they have risen to become one of the most in demand acts in the world of dance music. At present they sit as equals at the top table of House royalty. Festival headliners the world over and two of the most influential producers in the industry today. Almost every destination on the map has seen a visit from the energetic duo over the past few years as demand to witness their exhilarating performances has gone into overdrive. Headline sets at some of Europe’s biggest venues – including London’s prestigious Ministry of Sound and legendary Ibiza institution Pacha – and debut tours in the U.S.A, Asia and South America marked them as a pair on the ascendance across the planet. Sitting pretty at number 38 (down from 78 in 2011) in the DJ Mag top 100 they are well poised to continue their outstanding run of form.

Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and is fast becoming a big name all over the UK with his fine performances that include the mega hit song Wagon Wheel. Nathan and his six-man band perform a great variety of country, Irish, pop and ballads – music for everyone of all ages. Nathan is an expert accordion player, so you can expect a bit of hand-clapping, foot-tapping hooley, as well a superbly entertaining show that will make you want to see him again and again.

Terenure Event organised in partnership with the Evergreen Club Bloomsday Tea Dance: 14 June | 2pm | The Evergreen Centre, 70 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6W Don your Edwardian garb and dance along to the music of Past Times at this event for older people. Beggars Bush Event organised in partnership with Grainne O’Kelly and BADRA The Citizen’s Breakfast: 16 June | 10.30am & 3pm | €15 | Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4 Breakfast, walking tour and theatre taking in the Shelbourne Road and Beggars Bush. For tickets, call +353 87 223 0833. Harold’s Cross Events organised in partnership with Harold’s Cross Village Community Council Ulysses Goes Wild in Harold’s Cross Park: 16 June | 5pm | Noshington Café, Harold’s Cross Park, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6 Nature tour with RTÉ and TV3 star Éanna Ní Lamhna inspired by the ‘marriage of trees’ from the ‘Cyclops’ episode of Ulysses. Seven Scenes from Ulysses: 16 June | 6pm | Noshington Café, Harold’s Cross Park, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6 Watch Ulysses come to life on the streets of Harold’s Cross in the company of characters from the book. Merrion Square Event organised in partnership with Merrion Square Artists Association Ulysses Goes Wild in […]

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ have extended his 2018 UK summer tour to include a special night at Manchester’s O2 Ritz on 18 July 2018. The date follows the former Oasis guitarist’s appearance at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, and London’s Old Royal Naval College. The band will also perform several festivals in August and September. Noel and co released their third studio album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ back in November 2017, which included singles Holy Mountain, She Taught Me To Fly It’s a Beautiful World. Noel’s High Flying Birds previously released album Chasing Yesterday in 2015. As a founding member of one of the biggest and best British bands ever, Noel Gallagher has been hugely influential in shaping the course of British rock’n’roll. Oasis had a total of eight No. 1 singles in the UK as well as eight No. 1 albums. Gallagher also had a No. 1 single with Setting Sun in collaboration with The Chemical Brothers in 1996.

While the term Pride didn’t become popular until the early 1980’s, the tradition, established following the Stonewall Uprising, of holding LGBTQ+ events and protests at the end of June was adopted very early by Dublin. In the early 1970’s this was often marked by a picnic in Merrion Square and on June 27th 1974 there was even a march of 10 people from the Department of Justice on Stephen’s Green to the British Embassy to protest the criminalisation of homosexuality, the law was a hangover from colonial times. In March 1983 the first large scale LGBTQ+ protest march took place in Dublin. It was organised by the Dublin Lesbian & Gay Collective in response to the release of the murderers of a gay man called Declan Flynn. About 900 people marched from Liberty Hall to Fairview Park. That June the National LGBT Federation (NXF) organised the first Dublin Pride Parade, it went from Stephen’s Green to the GPO. While the original route went from St Stephens Green to the GPO on O’Connell Street, in the early 1990’s the starting point of The Garden of Remembrance was established. Dublin LGBTQ Pride Today In 2018 60,000 people marched with us and as […]

Versatile is Eskimo Supreme and Casper Walsh, two inner city Dublin natives rhyming and visualising the humorous and grittier aspects of life as young run arounds. Tales are vividly told in their songs like stealing dogs as a means of income, to the bleak scenes of an after party, all the while maintaining their jovial manner. Since 2014 with the group’s first uploads to their highly subscribed YouTube channel, OUTBURST, they have organically found mass appeal throughout Ireland and beyond, creating a close to cultish following amongst their fans.

The Coronas – plus very special guests, Sigrid & All Tvvins. Irish rock band The Coronas originated in Dublin. They release their music through their own independent record label, 3ú Records, and are based between Dublin and London. Sigrid Solbakk Raabe, known professionally as simply Sigrid, is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. In 2017, she achieved international success with the single “Don’t Kill My Vibe”

Kris Kristofferson made his name in 1970s as a country music singer and songwriter with songs like Me and Bobby McGee and Help Me Make It through the Night. His songs have been performed by legends like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, along with Kris himself. A Star Is Born, the 1976 film in which he starred with Barbara Streisand, gave Kris his first hit movie appearance (and another hit album), a feat which has been repeated in the 1990s with appearances in films like Blade and Payback.

The Academic are an Irish band made up of Craig Fitzgerald on lead vocals and guitar, Stephen Murtagh on bass, Matt Murtagh on lead guitar and Dean Gavin on drums.

A whole new audience discovered the thrill of seeing and hearing an orchestra in full flight and who better to introduce them than 2FM’s Jenny Greene with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, voted the World’s Favourite Orchestra in an international poll in 2015. They were the standout act of Electric Picnic 2016, blowing the roof off a mobbed Rankin’s Wood. During the rehearsal session, word went around Stradbally that something special was on the way and by the time of the performance the tent was packed, with queues of people outside desperate to get in. They topped the list for many as the highlight of the weekend.

Irish International A Cappella Festival hosts Ardú have been nominated in the Best Classical/Traditional Song category of the 2019 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards with their track Homeward Bound. The annual CARAs recognise the best of recorded a cappella music and are the only truly global a cappella recording awards. Every year since 1992, hundreds of albums are considered in this celebration of the best a cappella recorded around the planet. Homeward Bound was arranged for Ardú by young composer/arranger Ollie Lambert and was released as part of their recent album Gravity in September 2018. Previous winners in this category include The Swingles and a cappella global superstars Pentatonix! This years’ winners will be announced at a red carpet event in Boston on Sunday 14th April 2019. Exciting times ahead for Irish A Cappella. Watch this space for the winner to be revealed.

A tantalizing festival world awaits family and friends, as Russborough House in Blessington swings open its gates for its first EVER festival on the 28th – 30th June. Kaleidoscope Festival will provide three days of high energy, full colour, multi–stage entertainment over 15 stages, designed to entice and enthrall all, from babes in arms to those eligible for a bus pass! Born out of Electric Picnic, Kaleidoscope harnesses the magic of Picnic’s entertainment and family campsites, tailoring the overall festival experience to the desires of the festival-going family and bringing the essence of Electric Picnic to a brand-new venue. Kaleidoscope heralds a new era of programming for the sophisticated taste of modern parents, discerning kids and all-knowing teens! Our extensive creative programme has been tailored to cater for each and every member of the modern Irish family. Kaleidoscope offers specific programs for ‘smallies’, for 4-8, 8-12 and 12-16 year olds, together with all the festival favourites for adults of all ages! Children and teen programmes will take place within Russborough’s walled garden and an utterly enchanting fairy fort located on the forests edge. Every element of the programme has been carefully selected because it is thought provoking, interactive and inspirational, […]

On 29th June join some of Ireland’s best loved country stars as they perform many of the greatest country songs ever written, for one special night, Live at the Marquee Cork. This is country music as you have never heard it before – the songs you know and love performed by the spectacular 50-piece RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Gavin Murphy. Michael English, Lisa McHugh, Robert Mizzell, Philomena Begley, Ray Lynam, Patrick Feeney and Roly Daniels will come together with the RTE Concert Orchestra to perform many of their individual hits and #1 songs, as well as surprise duets of some the greatest country songs ever written. Rhinestone Cowboy, He Stopped Loving Her Today, 9-5, Blanket on The Ground, Ring Of Fire and The Gambler are just a taste of what’s in store. Between them, these stars of Country Roads have scored numerous # 1 records, sold out venues all over the country and won scores of awards and accolades. Don’t miss what promises to be an unforgettable night for country music fans, when they come together to perform live accompanied by the magic and majesty of this 50 piece orchestra. MC for the evening will be Risin’ Time, RTÉ […]

Flavours of Fingal is an unforgettable farm, flowers, food and family fun experience in the beautiful surroundings of Newbridge House & Farm. One of the highlights of the Fingal summer will once again return to Newbridge House and Farm. Enjoy two days of family jam packed fun at Flavours of Fingal, with an unforgettable weekend of food, fun and farm activities.

Foals are a British-based indie rock band. Originally formed by Jack Bevan and Yannis Philippakis, the band’s trajectory has been remarkable. They’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks. Seen as one of the best live acts in the UK, Foals have once again embraced that love for the unconventional with the bravest and most ambitious project of their career: not one, but two astonishing new albums: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. A pair of releases, separate but related, they share a title, themes and artwork. Part 1 will be released on 8 March with Part 2 following in the autumn. A string of new dates to support the new releases kick off in June.

Tash Sultana announces biggest shows to date across Europe and UK as a part of the Flow State World Tour. 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.

Born in Kansas City, Monáe had always dreamt of becoming a singer. She moved to New York City to pursue her dreams and studied drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Monáe released her first EP in 2003 called The Audition. The singer released her first solo full-length album, Metropolis, in 2005, and scored a Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single Many Moons. In 2015, Monáe announced that with Epic Records, she’d created her own independent label, Wondaland Arts Society, an idea she had all those years ago. Now known as Wondaland Records, this made her one of the few African-American women in the industry who run their own record label. From her record label, she released the EP Wondaland Presents: The Eephus which featured artists signed to the label including St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, Jidenna, Deep Cotton and Monáe herself.

Tash Sultana announces biggest shows to date across Europe and UK as a part of the Flow State World Tour. 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.

Irish comedian, actor, writer and presenter Tommy Tiernan confirms new Paddy Crazy Horse shows for April 2019. As if receiving instructions from a strange and distant star, Tommy Tiernan always takes to the stage refusing to take anything seriously. The political and the personal are all up for grabs as the only goal of the evening is laughter. Let our struggles be mocked and our cares abandoned. Allow yourself be guided by a language loving and theatrical performer with a half thought out plan, no professional qualifications and a mouth with a mind of its own. Can you trust him? To be silly, yes. To behave, no. Like a bus conductor standing in front of an orchestra with a spoon in one hand and air horn in the other what could possibly go wrong?

Paul Weller is one of the UK’s premier recording artists. From his tenure as the lead singer of The Jam to the sophisticated pop group The Style Council and finally as a solo artist, Paul has been producing classic music for over 20 years. Paul’s biggest hits include Going Underground, Wild Wood, Changing Man and Peacock Suit.

Longitude returns to Marlay Park this summer from Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July 2019. Here is the 1st round of acts that will be performing at Longitude 2019 across the weekend: Chance the Rapper A$AP Rocky Future Brockhampton Rae Sremmurd Lil Uzi Vert Juice WRLD Versatile Aminé Denzel Curry $uicideboy$ Lil Baby Sheck Wes Clairo Slowthai Flohio Day by day breakdown, full line-up and day ticket information will be revealed early in the new year.

Iveagh Gardens – July 5th, 2019 Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV’s newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour “Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

Mixing the traditional Irish folk sounds with the (then) emerging sounds of rock’n’roll, Christy Moore emerged in the late 1960s as a shining new voice in Irish music. Since then he has carved out an extremely consistent career, both as a solo artist and with his bands, Planxty and Moving Hearts. Credited as a major influence on artists such as U2, The Pogues and Sinead O’Connor, Christy continues to tour and record and the dynamism of his performances are not to be missed.

Damien Dempsey’s voice is Dublin yet wholly distinctive, almost clichéd to say it, but he is part of a rich bloodline of Irish singers from Luke Kelly to Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore to Andy Irvine. Their kin outside Ireland are Springsteen and Guthrie, Dylan and Marley. On his latest album Almighty Love, Dempsey’s sense of place reaches out beyond Donaghmede and North Bull Island, where he first performed in public as a teenager, across the Irish Sea and further afield.

Manchester-born David Gray’s 11th album, Gold in a Brass Age, is set to come out in March 2019, and the singer-songwriter is supporting it with a world tour. His first album in almost five years, he recently released the first track, The Sapling, from it. David’s debut album, A Century Ends came out in 1993 to great acclaim. His past catalogue also includes the phenomenal success of 1997’s White Ladder (seven million copies sold), one of three UK No.1 albums, with records that became ubiquitous and others that needed to be sought out to be heard.

After raising the roof at Rankin’s Wood at Electric Picnic once again this year, 2FM are bringing Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the road to the INEC Killarney on Friday 15 December. The collaboration has sold out shows all over the country and will perform their last show of 2017 at Ireland’s biggest venue outside of Dublin, the INEC Killarney.

Iveagh Gardens – July 5th, 2019 Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV’s newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour “Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris. New Order were formed after the demise of their previous band Joy Division, following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis. They were joined by Gillian Gilbert on keyboards later that year. Their integration of post-punk with electronic and dance music made them one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. They were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records and its nightclub The Haçienda. They worked in long-term collaboration with graphic designer Peter Saville.

Formed in Bristol in 2011, IDLES have released two albums. The rockers’ debut was Brutalism in 2017. Joy As an Act of Resistance came out in August 2018 and is their attempt to be vulnerable and encourage vulnerability. They’ve even stripped back the songs and the lyrics in an attempt to bare flesh and allow each other to breathe and to celebrate differences. IDLES’ new record ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ debuted at no.5 in the UK charts, breaking Rough Trade’s all-time record for most pre-orders and sales in day. It is currently the no.1 best reviewed record of 2018 (average rating of 88 across 25 reviews) at Album Of The Year and in the Top 10 on Metacritic. The band saw not only singles but the album itself A-listed at 6 Music and earned major features, amongst others, with the likes of Q, Mojo, The Guardian and covers with DIY, Loud & Quiet, So Young and NME. They’ve arrived internationally too with only last week NPR Music declaring “I am an IDLES addict. It’s like mainlining an uplifting and unifying assault on nationalism, racism, intolerance, and class inequality.” The band won Best Breakthrough at the Q Awards last […]

Taking another great leap forward with fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, Villagers’ Conor O’Brien may well have created the most remarkable record to date. Taking it on tour this autumn, fans will get to experience its true power and glory live.

Over 300 spectacular shows, workshops and activities to enjoy Over 300 Spectacular Show & Activities to enjoy 250,000 festival-goers are expected at Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular in Dublin’s Merrion Square and Cork’s Fitzgerald Park this July. The festival runs over 3 days in Dublin and 2 days in Cork, showcasing the best in international street performers, the world’s leading living statue artists, free family activities, delicious street food from around the world as well as a pet area with charity partner the DSPCA.

Aslan are an Irish Rock band from Dublin who formed in 1982. Composed of Christy Dignam, Joe Jewell, Billy McGuinness, Alan Downey & Rodney O’Brien. ASLAN’s Album ‘GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD’ was released 25 years ago back in 1994. With this in mind the band will be touring the album throughout 2019. Songs such as ‘Rainman’, ‘Where’s The Sun’, ‘Games’, ‘Sweet Time’, ‘Goodbye Charlie Moonhead’ and of course ‘Crazy World’ will be performed LIVE on this tour. Don’t worry the band will also be playing crowd favourites ‘This Is’, ‘Too Late For Hallelujah’ and more!

On Saturday July 13th, Bingo Loco are taking over Dun Laoghaire harbour for Loco Land, Ireland’s first immersive entertainment festival. Featuring: Example Bingo Loco S Club Max George (ex The Wanted) Massaoke – 1000s participate in Ireland’s largest ever game of karaoke Beatmaxx – The world’s greatest live visual DJ Smash Hits Choons Dustin The Turkey DJ Set (Yes, really) Tony Cantwell Hugh Cooney Paul Currie Totally Wired Sing For Your Dinner Yoga Disco Expect: Carnival rides, carnival game stalls, get your future told by The Worlds Worst Fortune Teller or if you’ve zero fitness then why not take part in the Loco Land 10m Marathon. Shop for your Christmas presents at Loco Land, its never too early for a Christmas Market in July (yes, really).

McBriare Samuel Lanyon “Mac” DeMarco (born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, April 30, 1990) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. DeMarco has released three full-length studio albums, 2 (2012), Salad Days (2014), and This Old Dog (2017), as well as two mini-LPs: his debut Rock and Roll Night Club (2012) and Another One (2015). His style of music has been described as “blue wave” and “slacker rock”, or, by DeMarco himself, “jizz jazz”.

Offering four days of open-sea racing by Irish and international teams in one of the most picturesque areas of Dublin Bay, the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2019 is a must-do. Welcoming back many old friends from previous regattas, as well as plenty of newcomers, Dún Laoghaire will be the centre of great racing and a lively social scene, with entertainment for all ashore. The sea will be carpeted with up to 470 bobbing boats; cruisers, keelboats and dinghies from all over the UK and Ireland will be hitting the water. For Dubliners who haven’t found their sea legs, a trip out to the south coast during the regatta will mean a fun crowd, stunning views, great food and family events all along the water.

American alternative rock band Garbage have announced their first UK show in over two years to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album Version 2.0. They’ll be performing the Grammy-nominated album in full, and will also treat fans to all the B-sides that accompanied the album during its campaign.

The Academic are an Irish band made up of Craig Fitzgerald on lead vocals and guitar, Stephen Murtagh on bass, Matt Murtagh on lead guitar and Dean Gavin on drums.