Here's your summer events guide for the month of August, including all things music, arts and ents.
Indiependence, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, Aug 2-4
Arguably the strongest lineup yet for the festival, including synth-rockers Bastille, stadium punks Biffy Clyro and Lewis Capaldi, the Scottish songwriter whose 2019 tour sold out in a heartbeat.
All Together Now, Curraghmore Estate,Co Waterford, Aug 2-4
This year's "All Together Now" lineup looks amazing! Fontaines DC, The Murder Capital, Just Mustard, The Good The Bad And The Queen, Patti Smith and The National all under the same festival? Incredible....— Eoin Ryan (@EoinRya59616349) May 25, 2019
The second year of this festival on the spectacular Waterford estate will have a poignant feel for organisers given the death of founder John Reynolds.
The 52-year-old Dubliner had also set up Electric Picnic, and this new event has the feel of a more compact Picnic, albeit for an older demographic.
The National are the big draw, touring on the back of a superb new album, while the bill also includes Patti Smith, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, and Damon Albarn project The Good, the Bad and the Queen. For those who like house music, Detroit legend Moodymann will also be in attendance. ‘I can’t kick this feeling when it hits.’
Bombay Bicycle Club, Cork Opera House, Aug 3
As well as All Together Now, the English indie darlings come to Cork Opera House for their first gig in the city since they played the Savoy way back when.
Beatyard, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Aug 3-4
⛵BEATYARD 2019 LINEUP IS HERE
⛵3rd - 4th August 2019
The harbour-side location is a great spot for a festival, and the Bodytonic crew have organised a quality dance-inclined lineup featuring the likes of Groove Armada, Todd Terje and Jungle.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Drogheda, Co Louth, Aug 11-18
More music and song from Fleadh Cheoil! Join Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and John Creedon as they see the best the Fleadh Cheoil has to offer. @fleadhcheoil @MuireannNic @FleadhNaMumhan @HupTG4 @rte @RTECeiliHouse @Comhaltas @Kerrycomhaltas @CCEBritain @ulstercomhaltas pic.twitter.com/r8mUBe1FT5— Red Shoe Productions (@redshoetv) May 1, 2019
Drogheda becomes the Mecca for purveyors and fans of all things trad-related for the second year in a row, before the 2020 event moves to Mullingar.
Love Sensation, Kilmainham, Dublin,Aug 17-18
Get ready for a new Love Sensation coming your way this long hot summer! August 17th & 18th Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
Super early bird weekend tickets from €96.25 incl booking fee on sale this Fri at 9am pic.twitter.com/85VhraUVCJ— LoveSensationFestival (@LoveSensation__) March 25, 2019
A pop music festival aimed at the “LGBT+ community and their many friends”, headliners include Lily Allen, Clean Bandit and Kelis. The great Panti Bliss is on MC duties for the weekend.
Foo Fighters, RDS, Dublin, Aug 21
Also playing in Belfast, main man Dave Grohl brings his band to Ireland for their fist gig since Slane 2015.
Masters of Tradition, Bantry, Co Cork, Aug 21-25
Our festivals are worth visiting for their own sake - but if you need further inducement ... https://t.co/AGW5qJSXab— MastersOfTradition (@mastersoftradit) February 24, 2019
Martin Hayes will be joined by fellow trad music luminaries for the annual event in West Cork.
Post Malone, RDS, Aug 22
The American rapper steps up from the indoor arenas to headline his first big outdoor gig in this country.
Spraoi, Waterford, Aug 2-4
The parade is still the centrepiece, but there are plenty other events all over the city for this family-focused festival.
Blood Brothers, Cork Opera House, Aug 6-24
Blood Brothers to return in summer for 3 weeks at Cork Opera House from 5 August before embarking on a UK tour. Lyn rose to reprise her role as Mrs Johnstone. Further cast TBA. pic.twitter.com/gx7X4w7l87— M T A S - Musical Theatre Appreciation Society (@MTAS_Official) May 9, 2019
The West End production of the hugely popular tale of the twins who grow up in very different circumstances, only to meet again later in life with huge consequences.
Beara Arts Festival, August 3-11
The beautiful peninsula in West Cork has long punched above its weight in terms of artistic impact, partly due to the amount of artists who have made their home in the area.
Among the events already announced for this year’s event is an exhibition of paintings by the late John Eagle, and a new visual arts commission on Bere Island by 2018 RDS Taylor Art Award winner Mary Sullivan.
Little Miss Sunshine, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Aug 13-17
See below, @LMissSun Little Miss Sunshine - The Musical is getting amazing reactions from audience members!
The show swings by The Olympia Theatre Dublin from 13th to 17th August. Tickets onsale now via @TicketmasterIreMay 7, 2019
A stage show based on the original comedy film.
Muldoon’s Picnic, Everyman, Cork, Aug 5
Paul Muldoon has long had a reputation as being a highly engaging reader of his poetry in a live setting, and for this stage-show he ups the performance aspect for a cabaret-style evening that will also feature the diverse talents of British author Zadie Smith, Tyrone writer Nick Laird and iconic band Horslips.
Kilkenny Arts Festival, Aug 8-18
Kilkenny Arts Festival and @RoughMagicIRL are delighted to announce not one but TWO shows for Kilkenny this August: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, by William Shakespeare, and CLEFT by Fergal McElherron.May 23, 2019
As ever, there’s a strong strand of classical music at this year’s festival, including rising star pianist Alexander Gavryluk; and baroque ensemble Orfeo 55 with Nathalie Stutzmann performing a programme of Bach.
Elsewhere, former Game of Thrones star Ciarán Hinds will be joined by the Fews Ensemblefor a performance of Stravinsky’s
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light, National Gallery, Dublin, Aug 10
#Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes… to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life, the exhibition features 58 works… https://t.co/baSrbY6yYp
Strolling along the Seashore, 1909 © Fundación Museo Sorolla pic.twitter.com/b8aTAiPx45— Berta (@Berta_Teijeiro) May 26, 2019
An exhibition dedicated to Valencia-born artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) highlights his skill in the depiction of water and light, and shows his influence on the likes of Velázquez and John Singer Sargent.
Waterford Walls, Aug 22-25
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While other events can roll out attendance numbers and various claims about benefits and legacies, the evidence for this street art festival is there for all to see.
Since its inauguration in 2015, the event has left Waterford with some of the most interesting gable ends this side of the border. It beautifies buildings, boosts the city, attracts tourists, etc, etc.
Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Aug 30 to Sept 1
Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival committee meeting. A fabulous line-up of special guest performers from 30th August - 2nd September -Kamini Ramachandran, Bill Harley, Diarmuid O’Drisceoil, Colum Sands, Ruth Kirkpatrick plus tales from local tellers. Mark the date! pic.twitter.com/oBRmly78tt— Storytellers Ireland (@StorytellersIE) February 23, 2019
Cape storytelling stalwart Diarmuid O Drisceoil is flying the flag for Ireland at this years event, with various storytellers also attending from overseas.
Colum Sands from Co Down will provide the music, while puppeteer Dominic Moore will also feature. Workshops, storytelling concerts, a storytelling boat trip, a heritage walk, an island folklore walk, etc.
Puck Fair, Killorglin, Co Kerry,Aug 10-12
And much much more to come - Keep it here!— Puck Fair (@puck_fair) April 18, 2019
The origins of this goat-centred festival are a matter of debate, but the first written references to the event date from the 17th century.
As well as the crowning of King Puck, a stage truck is driven into the town square every evening for open-air concerts. A huge fireworks is also planned for midnight onthe 12th.
Rose of Tralee, Aug 23-27
Five days of fun in the Kingdom culminates with the selection of the successor to last year’s winner, Kirsten Mate Maher from Waterford.
Cork Heritage Open Day
Originally launched during the city’s tenure as European City of Culture in 2005, this event has numerous significant buildings around the city throwing their doors open for free visits and guided tours.
It’s a great way to learn about the history of Cork, and have a nose around.