Temple Bar Tradfest
Temple Bar is the musical and cultural beating heart of Dublin and a visit here is a must for any traveller in this great Irish city, even if it’s only to sample a pint of the black stuff at one of its many bars.
This January, though, Temple Bar will be a hotbed of traditional Irish music and culture and if you are looking to get a real glimpse into the true nature of the Green Isle then this is the place to do it. With events taking place across the area, some of the venues will be well-known like The Button Factory, some will be unfamiliar like St Patrick’s Cathedral, but many will be outside and free.
The big gigs
This year at The Button Factory will be Bellowhead, a band that has almost single-handedly made folk music trendy again. Eleanor McEvoy has lived with music all her life and you can expect some stunning acoustic tracks. Seth Lakeman is a young guy who has played at Hyde Park Calling and Glastonbury and proves that amazing folk singers aren’t all older, bearded men with pipes.
This is an Irish club night with a difference. A fusion of pop/electro/dance tracks with reels, jigs and sean nós songs creating a whole new form of music called “Céilí Haus”, the atmosphere will be unbelievable. If you’re not sure of your moves then you could try the Ceili workshop at the Temple Bar Hotel earlier in the day.
Just wandering around the streets of Temple bar you will find the craft market, packed with traditional, handmade items that will make unique souvenirs.
Save some cash
If you are travelling on a budget, and let’s face it isn’t everybody, then you can download the “Temple Bargains” card and get instant discounts on things like food, entertainment and shopping.