Yep that’s right, festival season is well and truly upon us. Summer 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best Irish summers yet. Ireland may be a very small country but by god do we know how to throw some amazing festivals and with temperatures hitting nearly 20 degrees this week, it’s got us dreaming of being at a festival, drink in hand, dancing without a care in the world. So get your harem pants, bindi’s and crop tops ready, it’s almost summer.
Here are the top 5 Irish festivals that are a must this summer.
Forbidden Fruit – 3rd June to 5th June
This is the perfect way to kick start the summer. This year marks the seventh instalment of Forbidden Fruit and they’ve really outdone themselves this year with Bon Iver, Orbital and Aphex Twin all headlining. This unique festival takes place in The Royal Hospital Kilmainham in the heart of Dublin City and is not to be missed.
Sea Sessions – 23rd June to 25th June
Unlike any other Irish music festival, Sea Sessions is unique as it the only festival that takes place on the beach. Sea Sessions takes place in Bundoran, County Donegal and is widely recognised as being Ireland’s premier music and surfing event. This year’s line-up includes Sigma, The Coronas and Primal Scream to name just a few. Anyone who’s been will know that skinny dipping is a regular occurrence, which isn’t surprising with thousands of people camping on the one beach!
Body & Soul – 23rd June to 25th June
To put it simply, Body & Soul is just all about ‘them good vibes’ and letting loose. This years headliners are Metronomy, Lambchop and Sleaford Mods. But Body & Soul is about much more than just music. This festival features a masquerade ball, acrobatic performances, holistic therapies, artisan food and much much more. It takes place in a really cool location on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle in County Westmeath. Just be wary however, that to attend this festival you must be twenty years old or over. This is the first year that organisers have made it an over 20s event and photo ID is required for entry.
Longitude – 14th July to 16th July
Without a doubt Longitude is this summers most talked about festival. Longitude is Ireland’s rendition of Wireless Festival. This year’s headliners include The Weeknd, Stormzy, Mumford & Sons, Skepta and Dua Lipa. Longitude takes place in Marlay Park in Rathfarnham so is very conveniently accessible for anyone located in Dublin or the surrounding area.
Electric Picnic – 1st September to 3rd September
This festival needs no introduction at all as it is the most renowned Irish music festival ever. EP takes place in Stradbally Estate in County Laois and is the perfect way to mark the end of summer 2017 before we all head back to the everyday grind of college and work. All of the acts are still yet to be announced, but does it even matter who’s performing? Not really. EP is all about the atmosphere, it’s indescribably amazing. The nightly (or wee hours of the morning shall I say) forest raves are undoubtedly a magnet of attraction for the majority of attendees each year.
Tickets to all of the festivals can be found at Ticketmaster.ie