The birthplace of popular rock bands like U2 and The Script, and renowned for its traditional Irish folk music, Dublin has earned itself a solid reputation among music lovers over the years, and the city hosts live music gigs and jam sessions every night of the week. While mega-venues like The O2 and the National Stadium are the top choice for international bands and pop acts, the real pulse of the capital’s music scene is its pubs and small music venues, where you just might find yourself listening to the next Bono. To get you started, here are some of Dublin’s best live music venues.
Category: Festivals & Events
December 4, 2014
While huge crowds descend on England’s Stonehenge to celebrate the longest night of the year, across the Irish Sea, only a lucky few will be gathering to watch the annual Winter Solstice sunrise at the mysterious Neolithic tomb of Newgrange and tickets are so sought-after that you’ll have to enter a lottery to be in with a chance.
November 6, 2014
With iconic writers like Bram Stoker, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde hailing from the city, Dublin’s literary heritage is world-renowned and the Irish capital has no shortage of literary-themed events. There’s the Dublin Writer’s Festival in Spring, the Ulysses-inspired Bloomsday celebrations on June 16th, the Bram Stoker Festival held to coincide with Halloween, and for those visiting during the winter months, the annual Dublin Book Festival.
October 9, 2014
Endless sightseeing and nights out might have to be put on hold if you’re traveling with kids in tow, but thankfully there are plenty of fun things to do in Dublin as a family. Whether you’re entertaining hard-to-impress teenagers or looking for something to keep under-10s amused, here are 40 amazing things to do in Dublin with kids.
September 11, 2014
Ireland’s reputation for gloomy weather and endless rain prevents many travelers from venturing there outside of the summer months, but with numerous festivals and favorable prices, there are plenty of good reasons to visit Dublin in fall. Here are a few ideas.
May 8, 2014
After a long, wet winter, Dubliners are ready to shed off the layers, and as the first major event of the summer, the Dublin Dockland’s Summer Festival is the perfect excuse to celebrate the warmer weather. Held each May, the festival offers a weekend of water activities, live DJs and free entertainment, held along the waterfront Grand Canal Plaza and Grand Canal Dock.
February 27, 2014
St Patrick’s Day, held annually on March 17th, is Ireland’s biggest celebration and one of Dublin’s best street festivals. Held in honor of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day, or St Paddy’s Day as it’s often nicknamed, is the most traditionally Irish day of the year, a national holiday on which huge crowds of revelers take to the streets wearing green clothing (the symbolic color of Ireland), donning shamrocks and downing pints of Guinness.
February 10, 2014
With its rich history and vibrant arts scene, there’s much more to Dublin than drinking Guinness and spotting Leprechauns, and many travellers only scratch the surface of what the Irish capital has to offer. Not sure where to start? From visiting the top attractions to getting friendly with the locals, here are 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Dublin.
January 30, 2014
From costumed street entertainers to Guinness-fuelled live music sessions taking over Dublin’s historic pubs, the Temple Bar Tradfest is the city’s biggest celebration of Irish music and culture, and it’s an atmospheric time to visit the capital. Held during the last week of January every year since 2006, the festival takes over Dublin’s Temple Bar District for 5 days, with a packed schedule of free and ticketed events including live bands, dance performances, film screenings, creative workshops and family entertainment.
December 6, 2013
Nobody wants to miss an opportunity to party and Dublin’s epic NYE Dublin festival provides a myriad of options for making New Year’s Eve a night to remember. From street markets and movie screenings to a public fireworks display and an enormous music concert, here’s the lowdown on bringing in 2014, Dublin-style.