As someone who frequently travels between England and Ireland I can testify to just how easy it is these days to catch a quick flight for a weekend away and believe it or not, thanks to Ryanair, it’s often cheaper than getting the train or bus somewhere in England. Now unfortunately Ireland doesn’t do weather any better but what we are good at is music festivals, so grab your passport and hop along to these festivals this year.
Where? Marlay Park, Dublin.
When? 19th July-21st July.
How much? Day ticket: €54.50; Weekend ticket: €149.50
Longitude is the sister festival of Latitude and this is its premier year. The line-up is quite similar to Latitude with a range of indie and alternative acts and you’ll be happy to know that all the headline acts are nearly identical to what Latitude has to offer. So why not be part of something special and head along to the first ever Longitude festival and if you haven’t realised by now, it’s much cheaper than its Suffolk counter-part. For more information, check out the website here: http://www.longitude.ie/
Where? Punchestown Racecourse, Kildare.
When? 2nd August-4th August.
How Much? Day ticket: €49.50; Weekend ticket: €149.50
A lot of you may have heard of Oxegen before, with it being touted as Ireland’s Glastonbury in previous years and just like Glastonbury, Oxegen took a break last year but you’ll be happy to know it’s back this summer. The festival is now more similar to Reading and Leeds, with headline acts including Calvin Harris and David Guetta. It’s perfect for those of you looking for a more mainstream music experience. If this sounds like your cup of tea, check out their website here: http://www.oxegen.ie/
#3. Electric Picnic
Where? Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois, Ireland.
When? 30th August-1st September 2013.
How much? Day ticket: €85.00; Weekend ticket: €189.50 (Before July 28th), €229.50 (After July 28th).
I’m so excited to head to EP this year, with none other than the Arctic Monkeys appearing as a headline act. The festival is celebrating its 10th birthday so you can expect all the stops to be pulled out and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. Unlike a lot of festivals, EP has made sure to attract a well-rounded host of acts, from the big stages right down to the smallest ones. There really is something for everyone with comedy and body & soul stages too. Are you interested yet? Check out the website here for all the details: http://www.electricpicnic.ie/holding.html
You can check out my round-up of festivals in the UK here: http://www.trendlifemagazine.com/2013-music-festival-guide/
Remember to tweet me @RyanMcKiernan and tell me about what festivals you’re going to this summer.