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The best music festivals in Dublin this Summer

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe and rated as one of the top 30 cities in the world, Dublin is a genuine cultural hub. Alongside the diverse nature of the city (which includes the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery), there are a range of killer festivals to attend during the summer months.  Dublin is the perfect location for enjoying a few pints of some good old Guinness and watching some of the UK’s finest acts take to the stage.

Check out some of the best music festivals the Emerald Isle has to offer this summer.

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Longitude – 18th July-20th July

Location: Marlay Park, Rathfarnham

Some great bands are preparing to make their way across the 121 hectare Marlay Park this summer.  Voted Ireland’s best new festival at the Irish Festival Awards in 2013, Longitude has continued to develop and grow since its early days, and 2014’s line-up already boasts acts such as Bastille, Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club and Massive Attack.

You can’t take your own food or drink, but you’ll find plenty of bars and food vendors on site.

Transport:

You can get a shuttle bus from the Customs House Quay. Return tickets are €10 on the day or €9 in advance, you can get them online.

Tickets: Tickets are €149.50 for the whole event or €59.60 for a day.  

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Electric Picnic – 29th-31st August

Location: Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, County Laois

A number of musical acts will be treading the boards at Electric Picnic this year, with nearly every genre accounted for in some shape or form.  Legendary acts such as Portishead, Chic and The Pet Shop Boys will be giving the audience some classics, while artists like Lily Allen and Paolo Nutini will be providing the chart toppers. 

In addition to the music, the Picnic also plays host to other forms of entertainment.  There’s the spoken word ‘Mindfield’ arena, a comedy stage ideal for those that fancy a few laughs, and the Salty Dog stage for those…well, those that fancy dressing up as a pirate and listening to mandolins.

Tickets: The Electric Picnic offers a range of ticket options (including camping, family camping and camper vans to name a few).  Costs vary from €60 to €229.50; check out their website for full details.

Transport: There will be a direct service from Dublin Airport on Friday 29th at 2pm by Bus Eireann. The Irish rail runs every hour from Dublin Heuston, only a stone throw from  Generator Dublin

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Life Festival 23rd-25th May 2014

Location: Belvedere House and Gardens, Westmeath

With some serious names gracing the line-up this year, the Life Festival flies the flag for ‘forward thinking music’. We’re talking Groove Armada (who’ll be performing a DJ set), Four Tet, Maya Jane Coles, Joy Orbison, Karenn, LFI and Jamie XX amongst others.

Tickets: Three groups of tickets are available for the Life Festival: Day only (€70), Saturday and Sunday Camping (€120), and full weekend camping (€146)

Transport: The festival is set within the gardens of Belvedere House, just over an hour from Dublin City Centre and accessible via both the M4 and the N4. 

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Forbidden Fruit Festival – 31st May-Sunday 1st June

Location: Grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Forbidden Fruit is focused on bringing some of the finest acts from both music and comedy to the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  Located at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, in the Dublin 8 district, the festival is less than 15 minutes from the city centre. Brace yourself, with The Flaming Lips, 2 Many DJs, Warpaint, Bell XI, Public Enemy, Little Dragon and many more on the line-up, you’re looking at a tour de force of cutting-edge music.

And if you fancy having a few drinks and a laugh over the weekend can head to the comedy tent, which will be playing host to a wide range of names from the funny farm circuit.  Patrick McDonnell – known better as Country and Western Singer Eoin McLove from Father Ted, will be performing, as will fast-talking Eric Lalow and the Savage Eye’s John Colleary.

Tickets: General day tickets are €59.50, with two-day tickets going for €100. Call the credit card hotline on 0818 719300 to order your tickets; prices include booking fee but some bookings may be subject to an additional service charge.  

Transport:  Bulmer’s buses are in place to leave Harcourt St from 1pm-6pm both days of the weekend, and then set to return after the event between 10pm and 12am.

From Generator Dublin, take the Red Line to Hueston Station, which is a 10 minute walk via Military Road.  Bus users should head to James St via either the 123 from O’Connell St/Dame St or the 51b/78a from Aston Quay.

If you’re going to a festival in any of our cities, grab a bed at Generator from €10.

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