Summer festival season is upon us! With loads of events coming up across Northern Ireland and Ireland in coming months, I thought I’d do a mega-round-up of local festivals you’ll want to get to.
There are a bunch of nice things happening close to Lisburn (Sunflower Fest, Hilden Beer Festival and Music Festival, Moira Calling, Rose Week); in Bangor and Ards (Open House, Ulster Fleadh, Summer music in the Park, Creative Peninsula) and in South Down (Soma Festival, Serendipitous Music, Fiddler’s Green International Festival).
I also highlight some festivals happening in Belfast (Féile, Belfast Pride, East Side Arts Festival, Belfast Mela, Tennents Vital, Belfast Guitar Festival); the Northwest (Music City Derry, Stendhal Festival, Maiden City Tattoo Convention); and elsewhere in the province (Dalriada Festival, 7 Hills Blues Festival).
And if you’re thinking of travelling the extra mile, there are a bunch of great events around Ireland that might be worth suffering the current Euro exchange rate for: Longitude, Earagail Arts Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, IMMA Summer Party, Live at the Marque Cork, Indiependence Festival, Electric Picnic, Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival.
Tracks from Girls Names, Richard Dawson, Meltybrains, Ash, Jealous of the Birds, Swimming Tapes, Malojian and exmagician.