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What To See at Dublin’s Soul City Festival

Dublin’s Soul City Festival is one of peace and love, and they really mean it. Originally set up to raise funds for the Musical Youth Foundation Charity, a superb organisation that aims to bring music to the children of Ireland, the festival has become one of the main attractions in Dublin despite it only being seven years old. With fantastic music, a warm Irish welcome and good times this is one of the best ways to spend a May afternoon.

The Dublin Soul Picnic

The big event of the festival is The Soul Picnic which is on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. In the heart of this bustling city the green sanctuary of Merrion Square Park turns into the world’s best music festival and it is absolutely free to get in, although they do ask for a 5Euro donation.

The line up is heavy on the soul and blues with loads of local and new talent and a few international stars thrown in. Although they won’t say often there is a secret and surprise appearance by some huge names during the picnic so keep your eyes peeled just in case. This year’s line up includes local lads The Hot Sprockets, Irish reggae group The Barley Mob and the get down and funky Fox.E and the Good Hands.

And that’s just the music! There will also be food stalls dishing out delicious meals and snacks like gourmet BBQ’s, steaks, tacos, pancakes, ice cream, home-made cakes, cookies and speciality coffees, all from local suppliers, to keep you going through the afternoon.

Get down to Merrion Square Park for a relaxed afternoon of music in the sun. Don’t forget your picnic blanket and sun hat.

Dublin Sleepover Girls

An International Festival in Dublin

And there’s more! The whole of Dublin will be celebrating in one way or another. Just take a walk around the streets where you will come across venues taking part in the “Love the City Music Trail”. Popular bars, cafes and live music venues are putting on special gigs with a blend of music styles from local, national and international bands and DJ’s.

You will also see more than the usual amount of street entertainers, buskers and street artists as well. The streets are really where it’s at as the city brings out its favourite artists with the Eye Candy street exhibition. Brand new pieces will be made especially for the festival and displayed around Dublin for the pleasure of its citizens and visitors. At the end of the festival the pieces are auctioned off for the Music Youth Foundation Charity.

Off The Beaten Track

Impressed? Well that is not all! There’s also the Rising Stars gigs dotted throughout the festival. This is a global music challenge to find the best emerging artists. There is also the Gospel Brunch which takes place on both Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes, treat yourself to some inspiring Gospel Choir while tucking into tasty brunch treats.

We will be down there relaxing in the sun and chilling to the soulful music, see you there!

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