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Dublin is the host of a variety of different music festivals every year, and I’m here to bring your attention the biggest Irish festivals that are at your doorstep. Ranging from Indie, to pop, to electronic, there is so much to explore in the Dublin festival scene in 2018. Here are some of the best festivals that Ireland has to offer up.

  • Vantastival:

Although this family friendly festival is not technically in Dublin, it’s only a short commute to Drogheda. Throughout the June bank holiday, this quirky little festival provides free parking for campervans, along with gourmet food stalls, activities for kids, arts and crafts, and of course an excellent musical line up. Child tickets are only €5 for the day, or €10 for the weekend and weekend tickets range from €60-€120. Day passes are still available from €45-€55.

Line up (many more to be announced): LE GALAXIE, The Hot Sprockets, The Stunning, R.S.A.G., LOAH, The Bonny Men, Marc O’Reilly and Marlene Enright.

  • Longitude:

One of the hottest festivals on the Irish calendar, Longitude, has shifted towards a Hip-Hop/Rap vibe this year, hosting some of the biggest names in these genres. The festival takes place from the 13th-15th of July in Marley Park. Unfortunately, tickets seem to have sold out immediately, so if you feel like paying astronomical amounts of money, try Seatwave. If not, keep an eye out on websites such as adverts.ie, gumtree.ie, donedeal.ie or keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook by searching “Longitude” and the hashtags #twickets or #ticketfairy, as people tend to sell tickets on these hashtags for face value! May the odds be ever in your favour, my friends.

Line up: (many more to be announced): J.Cole, Travis Scott (aka Kylie’s baby-daddy), Solange (Beyoncé’s sis), MIGOS, Post Malone, Diplo, Tyler, The Creator, Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals, Sample, Khalid, Lil Pump, Cardi B and many more.

  • The Ball:

In terms of festival bills, The Ball in Dun Laoghaire harbour takes place a lot earlier than the others. It’s a one day festival on the 27th of April, that has been rising in popularity immensely over the past few years. Claiming to be “Ireland’s Biggest Student Only Festival”, tickets are relatively cheap, with Tier 1 tickets costing €45+ booking fee, and Tier 2 tickets costing €50+ booking fee, available on www.theball.ie or www.eventbrite.ie.

Line up (many more to be announced): Disciples, Ejeca, Yungen, Boots & Kats, Soule, Wild Youth.

  • Forbidden Fruit:

This popular festival is held in one of the best out door gig spots in the country, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Throughout the June Bank Holiday (2nd to 4th), you can pay from €64.50 + booking fees for a single day ticket, €109 + booking fees for a 2 day ticket, or €162.50 + booking fees. Considering the price, line-up, and ever-growing popularity of this festival, I would highly recommend you check it out with some friends.

Line up (many more to be announced): Justice, Bonobo, Glass Animals, Vince Staples, Bicep, Four Tet, Ross From Friends and many more.

  • Life:

Life is the biggest electronic music festivals in Ireland, and is on from the 25th-27th of May in Belvedere. Tickets are available on ticketmaster.ie now at €159. An instalment plan can be used to pay monthly, however it will cost a little extra.

Line up (many more to be announced):  Fatboy Slim, Armand Van Helden, Amelie Lens, Bugzy Malone, Fatima Yahama, Jax Jones, Boots & Kats and many more.

Rebecca McDonnell

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