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Festival Season 2016


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Festival season is about to kick off in the city! The amount of brilliant events to choose from is unreal and a testament to how Dublin has become a haven for festival goers.

First up is the very amazing Forbidden Fruit festival in Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Dublin city centre’s multi-stage music and arts festival, Forbidden Fruit, is set to return for its sixth instalment on the June Bank Holiday weekend, June 3rd -5th 2016.  A unique city centre festival that combines music, art, fashion, food and simple good vibes. The spectacular grounds of Irish Museum of Modern Art will once again play host to the hotly anticipated three-day festival, which has become firmly fixed in the gig-goers calendar as the grand-opening to the festival season, and the official start of the summer. This year brings talent like Dizzee Rascal, Underworld, Groove Armada, Battles and Tame Impala to name but a few. Kilmainham itself won’t be getting much of a rest, as just a couple of weeks later Sigur Ros are set to play there on June 26th. Following that you can catch Disclosure June 28th, Stereophonics June 30th and finally rounding off the summer shows in Kilmainham is Faithless on July 2nd.

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Don’t go putting away your festival gear just yet because July 8th sees Kodaline take the stage at Marlay Park for the first of the summer gigs at the south side outdoor venue. The following night is the highly anticipated return of The Stone Roses on July 9th. Now for another big one, we have a full weekend of music and revelry with Longitude on July 15th – 17th. Acts like Kendrick Lamar, Roisin Murphy, The National, Jamie XX, Courtney Barnett and many more will keep you festival fit the whole weekend through.

If that wasn’t enough to get your teeth into, the city centre’s coolest outdoor venue, Iveagh Gardens, has a stellar summer line- up for you to check out. Friday July 8th sees home-grown heroes, Bell X1, take to the stage, while July 9th brings the kooky and incredibly talented John Grant to Dublin for his biggest headline gig yet. If you’ve got tickets to The Pixies sold out show at Iveagh Gardens then a round of applause to you, as this could be quite possibly the gig of the summer on July 14th.

There’s more gigs than you can shake a stick at in Dublin this summer and I don’t know about you but we cannot wait! Don’t forget about The Clarence Hotel, right in heart of Dublin and in the epicentre of your summer festival paradise. The perfect place this festival season to lay your head, refuel on great food or just drop in for a cocktail pre or post gig!