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13 Irish Music Festivals Ready To Rock In 2022

13 Irish Music Festivals Ready To Rock In 2022

If you’re looking to bop away at some Irish music festivals in 2022, you’re in luck – there’s plenty scheduled to take place!

And, although it’s the larger music festivals in Ireland that tend to grab a lot of the attention, there’s a good chunk of Indie festivals taking place this year, too!

Below, you’ll find everything from Rock ‘n’ Roll and jazz to techno, country and some very quirky Irish music festivals taking place in 2022.

What we think are set to be the best music festivals in Ireland in 2022

Sea Sessions 2022

Photo courtesy of Aoife Rafferty (Via Tourism Ireland’s Content Pool)

The first section of our guide is packed with what we think are the best Irish music festivals in 2022.

Below, you’ll find everything from Body and Soul and All Together Now to Electric Picnic and more.

1. Body & Soul (Westmeath, June 17th – 19th)

Set almost in the very heart of Ireland in Ballinlough, Roscommon, Body & Soul Festival is home to an eclectic mixture of performances and experiences.

And, although the line-up is yet to be announced, if you’ve ever been to or have seen snaps of Body & Soul over the years, you’ll know this promises to be an unforgettable weekend where music and experiences collide.

A full line-up of artists and performers is due to be announced on the website in late spring, with tickets available to purchase soon thereafter.

2. All Together Now (Waterford, July 29th – 31st)

All Together Now 2022

Poster via All Together Now on FB

Get yourself along to this summer’s All Together Now festival to hear bands and artists like Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Underworld, Groove Armada, DIIV, Jungle, and Sinéad O’Connor.

So pack your essentials for on-site digs, or take your campervan, get there early to get a prime site. Or, you can pitch your own tent amongst the rolling fields on the Curraghmore Estate, near beautiful Waterford, and get set to have a weekend you’ll never forget.

Tickets are booked online through the official website, with bookings for accommodations as well. General and Family Weekend Tickets: €235, Instalment Plan: €47 x 5 payments.

3. Electric Picnic (Laois, Sept 2nd – 4th)

Electric Picnic 2022

Photo by Tourism Ireland via Ireland’s Content Pool

Beautiful Stradbally Hall in the stunning Laois is the dramatic backdrop for Electric Picnic – one of the biggest music festivals in Ireland since Oxegen said ‘Sayonara’.

Although the line up has yet to be announced, those that visit can expect a massive gathering of artists, performers, musicians, and food offerings.

Electric Picnic is a diverse summer party with 27 different stages, a variety of realms and venues for you to explore, you can see and experience anything from Rock n Roll bands through to craft workshops, late night woodland raves, and even cooking demonstrations!

4. Forbidden Fruit (Dublin June 4th – 5th)

Forbidden Fruit 2022

Poster via Forbidden Fruit on FB

Arguably one of the more popular music festivals in Dublin, Forbidden Fruit takes place within the grounds of the stunning Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Visitors to this year’s festival can expect to be blown away by line-ups that include big names like Lorde, Peggy Gou, BICEP and Biig Piig.

Individual day tickets cost €74.50, while the €139.50 weekend ticket will get you in everywhere. Remember to book accommodation too, as the event is held on the Bank Holiday weekend!

5. Cork Jazz Festival (Cork, Oct 22nd – 25th)

Cork Jazz Festival 2022

Photo via Tourism Ireland’s Content Pool

Ireland’s longest running jazz event, the Cork Jazz Festival, has been celebrating the art and skill of jazz musicians since 1978

Held annually in the heart of Cork, those that visit can kick-back to live jazz performances, and also its cousins; swing, funk, groove, blues, and Dixieland!

A full line-up of musicians, bands, and performers is announced on the website in spring, with tickets available to purchase soon after, so do check frequently or sign up for updates.

If you’re looking for music festivals in Ireland to visit over the course of a weekend with friends, it’s hard to beat the Cork Jazz Festival.

6. Sea Sessions (Donegal, June 17 – 19)

Sea Sessions 2022

Photo Courtesy Aoife Rafferty (Via Tourism Ireland’s Content Pool)

Sea Sessions is arguably one of the most unique music festivals in Ireland and it takes place in Bundoran in Donegal.

This years line up is arguably one of its best with acts like Basement Jaxx, Kodaline, Goldie, and Tinie all grinding away, you’re in for a great time.

Early booking of accommodation is advised if camping isn’t your thing, or just pitch your tent by the dunes. Tickets are €119.90 for non-camping and €149.90 for camping.

7. Indipendence (Cork, July 29th – 31st)

Indipendence 2022

Poster via Indipendence on FB

Indipendence Festival is another one that’s boasting a banger of a line up for 2022, with Fatboy Slim, Bastille, and Rudimental, along with breakout artists like Becky Hill and Lyra, and the Icelandic sensation Daði Freyr all taking to the stage.

The festival, which takes place in Mitchelstown in Cork, is set across multiple stages in a beautiful, tree-lined 52 acre site overlooked by the Galtees.

Get your tickets at Ticketmaster; Tier 1 €149, Full price €159, including 3 days camping. This is one of the most popular Irish music festivals for good reason.

Other Irish music festivals worth checking out

Music Festivals In Ireland

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Now that we have what we think are the best music festivals in Ireland out of the way, it’s time to see what else is taking place in 2022.

Below, you’ll find a mix of Indie, classical and Rock ‘n’ Roll Irish music festivals that are well worth considering for this summer.

1. Dublin International Chamber Music Festival (June 7th – 12th)

Over 50 years ago, David Laing inadvertently created the first, and now oldest, chamber music festival in Ireland; Music in Great Irish Houses. Since then, the Dublin International Chamber Music Festival has grown to become a legendary chamber music event.

Spend a sublime summer’s eve in the company of some of the world’s best-known classical musicians from Ireland and around the world.

In an evening of sophistication and mood invoking chamber music, you’ll be entranced by the likes of former guests; Elizabeth Hilliard, William Butler, and Robert Tritschler. Tickets go on sale after the programme is announced in late spring.

2. Country to Country (Dublin, March 11th – 13th)

Country to Country Dublin music festival

Poster via Country to Country on FB

Scoot your boots on over to Dublin’s 3 Arena for Country to Country 2022 to see the likes of Darius Rucker, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, and more over 3 days in one of the largest single-site festivals you can attend.

Part of a three-city Country to Country extravaganza, this festival promises to be a boot tappin’ experience for anyone who loves their country music.

Just remember, it’s stadium seating at a large venue, so booking your tickets early is strongly advised. Tickets are €54 each, bought online from Ticketmaster.

3. Kilkenny Roots Festival (Kilkenny, April 29th – May 2nd)

Kilkenny Roots Festival

Poster via Kilkenny Roots Festival on FB

Since 1998, the Kilkenny Roots Festival has hosted some of the finest names in American/Roots music; Calexico, Giant Sand, Drive-By Truckers, and the Alabama Shakes to name but a few.

This year, they have The Delines, The Hanging Stars, His Lordship, The Remedy Club, and Joana Serrat playing, or you can listen in to the conversation between writer Rónán Hession and artist Will Vlautin, and this is just the start!

All you need to do is head online to purchase your tickets, and then book some accommodation in Kilkenny town. Ticket prices range from €17.50-€25.

4. West Cork Chamber Music Festival (June 24th – July 3rd)

Melt away as your senses are swept up in the Weinberg quartet as it’s played by Quatuor Danel. Your world will surely be carried away as Ensemble Vintage Koln play the Biber Mystery Sonatas, and you’re able to hear the dulcet tones of the Pavel Haas Quartet, or the breathtaking instrumental compositions of world-renowned composer, Brett Dean.

The countryside around Bantry, West Cork couldn’t be more perfect for the enchanting West Cork Chamber Music Festival; with its moody skies, romantic waterways, and grand buildings all echoing the majesty of this chamber music festival. Ticket prices and full venue details announced online in late spring.

5. Longitude (Dublin, July 1st – 3rd)

Longitude 2022

Poster via Longitude on FB

Marlay Park in Dublin, that’s where you want to be on the first weekend in July, that is if you’re into massive music festivals, like Longitude, and you’re a fan of the UP rap scene, in particular.

The line up for Longitude was announced earlier in the year, with big names like Dave, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, and The Kid Laroi all confirmed.

Tickets sold through Ticketmaster: VIP Full 3-day weekend, €349.90, 3-day weekend, €235.90, Friday only, €99.50, Saturday only, €159.50, Sunday only, €99.50.

6. Life Festival (Westmeath, May 27th – 29th)

life music festival in Ireland

Photo via @lifefestival on Instagram

Grab your tent and head on down to the spectacular Belvedere House in Westmeath, where you’ll be treated to the award-winning Life Festival

Spanning three magical days, and amongst the ruins and rolling green fields surrounding green woodland, you’ll be able to hear performers like The Blessed Madonna, Ewan McVicar, Camelphat, Nina Kraviz and Sonny Fodera, to name just a few. 

Tickets are purchased online via 2 instalments (1 deposit, 1 final) and cost €166 and include camping pitch and venue access.

Music festivals Ireland: Which ones have we missed?

Although we’ve covered the biggest music festivals in Ireland (and many of the smaller ones) in this guide, I’m sure we’ve left some out.

If you know of any Irish music festivals that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below.

FAQs about Irish music festivals 2022

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What Ireland music festivals have camping?’ to ‘What are the biggest music festivals in Ireland in 2022?’

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What are the best Irish music festivals on in 2022?

In my opinion, Electric Picnic (Sept 2nd – 4th), All Together Now (July 29th – 31st) and Body & Soul (June 17th – 19th) are hard to beat.

What are the biggest music festivals in Ireland in 2022?

Size wise, Electric Picnic is likely to be the biggest, as it usually is, however, big doesn’t mean brilliant, and many of the smaller Irish music festivals mentioned above pack a punch.

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Greg Gabbett

Monday 15th of August 2022

Listowel Revival Festival was on last weekend and was excellent. The Stunning, Gavin James, The Waterboys, Power of Dreams, Hudson Taylor and Stephanie Rainey

Well done Listowel - hope to see you in 2023!

John

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Forest Fest Emo Village Laois epic July 22nd to 24th

Paul Owens

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Hi Katherine, great info and listings there. Could you add to your list a brand new boutique music and arts festival "Forest Fest" happening July 22dn -24th in Emo County Laois. www.forestfest.ie

Graham O Reilly

Thursday 17th of February 2022

This is Dublin Ska Festival , May Bank Holiday Sat/ Sun , Whelans Venue , Wexford St , Dublin .

Emma

Friday 21st of February 2020

New (or should I say returning after over 20 years) festival this year is Sunstroke... happening in Punchestown 13-14 June. Definitely one for the lovers of heavier music / metal etc. featuring Faith No More, Deftones, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sepultura etc.

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