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City Festivals: Destination Dublin

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City Festivals: Destination Dublin

During the summer the city of Dublin becomes a different place. Gone are the endless days of wind and rain as the warm weather brings picnics in the park, drinks by the canal, beach days and, of course, festivals.

Like many of it’s European counterparts, Dublin is home to some awesome festivals that take place right in the city. There’s no need to pack a tent, simply book a bed in one of Dublin’s many great hostels and enjoy the fun-filled events the Irish capital has to offer.


The sister festival to the Latitude festival in London, Longitude is now in its third year and proving to be a real success. Taking place over three days in the leafy Marley Park in south Dublin, fans have praised its diverse line up and organised set up. This year Longitude is happening on 15th, 16th and 17th July. The headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, The National and Jamie XX. There’s also plenty of Irish acts worth checking out like Roisin Murphy, The Coronas and Hare Squead. Tickets are on sale now and cost €159.50 for the entire weekend or €64.50 for a day ticket.

Where to stay? The Times Hostel Camden Place is based just south of the City Centre meaning it is on the bus route for Longitude or a short taxi ride away. It’s also around the corner from some of the best clubs and music venues in the city.

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit music festival takes place on the sprawling grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art which is only 15 minutes from the City Centre. This festival has been running on the June Bank Holiday Weekend for years and is a firm fan favourite. Veering towards and electronic line up with a healthy mix of alternative and hip hop, the 2016 headliners are Underworld, Tame Impala, Flume and Skepta. Forbidden Fruit also hosts official after parties in central venues each night for those who want to keep the festivities going. Happening on the 3rd, 4th and 5th June, weekend tickets cost €99.50 and day tickets are €59.50.

Where to stay? Abbey Court is centrally located making it super easy for you to get to the festival, after parties and back.

The Beatyard


Head to the seaside without straying far from the city with The Beatyard music festival. Taking place in Dun Laoghaire, a half hour train journey from Dublin City Centre, The Beatyard is a fun new festival featuring music as well as discussion panels, games, and food. It takes place on 30th and 31st July and tickets are priced €49 for a day or €79 for the weekend. Musical headliners include Lee Scratch Perry, George Clinton, Theo Parrish and Charles Bradley.

Where to stay? Abrahams Hostel is a short walk from the DART station where you can take a train to Dun Laoghaire. It’s located in a beautiful Georgian building and has a relaxed atmosphere to get you in the mood for a chilled-out festival.

Dublin Gay Pride

It’s been a year since Ireland voted Yes in the same-sex marriage referendum and Irish people will still be celebrating at Gay Pride Festival. There will be events taking place all over the City Centre from 22nd to 26th June with the Official Pride Parade on 25th June. Venues to check out include The George, Dublin’s best-known gay nightclub and PantiBar, owned by drag queen Panti Bliss, the fabulous face and lead advocate of the marriage referendum.

Where to stay? Generator Hostels are gay-friendly and the one in Dublin is just a stone’s throw away from PantiBar and a short walk to the tourist district of Temple Bar.

Taste of Dublin

In recent years Dublin has come to rival other European capitals as a top foodie destination. The Taste of Dublin food festival is an ideal way to experience this. Taking place from the 16th to 19th June in the picturesque Iveagh Gardens, the ate of Dublin features pop up stands offering samples from Dublin’s best restaurants as well as workshops and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs. Tickets start at €15 depending on what day, time and tier you choose.

Where to stay? Avalon House couldn’t be closer to the Iveagh Gardens. It is also located on the famous ‘Camden Mile’ full of trendy bars and restaurants.

Guest post by Ellen Curham

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