Dublin’s abundance of open green spaces makes it the perfect location for summer festivals. From the crazy festival outfits, to the friends you make just queuing for the loo; the live acts might be why we buy the ticket, but they’re not the essence of why we go. Dublin’s laid-back and sociable atmosphere is heightened during one of its summer festivals, and spontaneity becomes the name of the game. There are loads of festivals in Ireland this summer, and here are a few of the best in Dublin:
Earlier this summer ‘Forbidden Fruit’ kicked off Dublin’s festival season with headliners ‘The Flaming Lips’ and ‘2manydjs’. Since its launch in 2010, the festival has grown in popularity and hosted acts including ‘Kasabian’ and ‘Primal Scream’. Held in the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the festival describes itself as a ‘modern day Garden of Eden’. In addition to the live music which made it famous, Forbidden Fruit now hosts a Comedy Tent to showcase a variety of comic talent. Having received great reviews for this year’s show, expectations are already high for next year’s offering.
Only a couple of weekends away and excitement is rising for Longitude this year. Hosting big-name acts including Ben Howard, Bastille, Disclosure, Massive Attack and many more; it is no wonder that Saturday tickets have already sold out. However, organizers have insisted that Longitude is more than just a music festival; spread across the rolling hills of Marley Park, art installations (and more) have been scattered throughout the grounds to delight and intrigue revelers. Following last year’s success, organizers are already being tweeted by enthusiastic festival-goers in anticipation of a great weekend.
If you’d rather see your favorite comic than your favorite band, the Vodafone Comedy Festival later this month is likely to be right up your street. With a mix of international names and local talent, the festival looks to be a hit for Dubliners and visitors alike. There are 85 comedians set to perform; big names include ‘Mock the Week’ stars Dara O’Brien and Russell Howard, Canadian one-liner Stewart Francais, Chelsea Lately panelist Jen Kirkman, and the award-winning ‘Pajama Man’. Since Dublin is known as one of the world’s centers for stand-up comedy, this festival could be the perfect way to get a flavor of the local scene for any new students who are arriving for college early.