Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

OTR’s outdoor shows and festivals’ census for 2010

It’s that time of the summer again. We’ve done this in 2007, 2008 and 2009 – a crowdsourced census to try to establish the number of festivals and outdoor shows which occur in Ireland every summer. After the readers have …

Thu, Aug 5, 2010, 10:00


It’s that time of the summer again. We’ve done this in 2007, 2008 and 2009 – a crowdsourced census to try to establish the number of festivals and outdoor shows which occur in Ireland every summer.

After the readers have had their say and remind me of the ones I’ve forgotten about or never heard about, the total usually comes in at around 70. I have a feeling this number may be down somewhat this year as not as many big stand-alone acts were touring this year. This meant fewer gigs in Dublin venues like Marlay Park and the RDS, while acts who were touring tended to take their show to the O2 instead. However, that said, it’s obvious that there are also a lot more smaller fests happening too.

Let’s get the ball rolling. List begins after the jump and currently stands at 75. Please list all additions in the comments field and I’ll update the list as the new ones arrive. Please note: (1) only events which run over the summer (ie from May to September) and (2) “outdoor shows” also cover tents.

Oxegen (Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare)
Electric Picnic (Stradbally, Co Laois)
Castle Palooza (Tullamore, Co Offaly)
CorkXSW (Skibereen, Co Cork)
Festival of World Cultures (Fun Laoghaire, Co Dublin)
Knockanstock (Blessington, Co Wicklow)
Westlife (Croke Park, Dublin)
Westlife (Lissadell House, Co Sligo)
Leonard Cohen (Lissadell House, Co Sligo)
Life (Belvedere House, Co Westmeath)
Michael Buble (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
Live at the Marquee (Cork)
Pink (RDS, Dublin)
Pink (Thomond Park, Limerick)
Bob Dylan (Thomond Park, Limerick)
Paul McCartney (RDS, Dublin)
Glasgowbury (Moneyneany, Co Derry)
Milk (Ballinlough Castle, Co Meath)
Body & Soul (Ballinlough Castle, Co Meath)
Indiependence (Mitchelstown, Co Cork)
Astral Plains (Birr, Co Offaly)
Green Day (Marlay Park, Dublin)
Josh Ritter (Iveagh Gardens, Dublin)
Tori Amos (Iveagh Gardens, Dublin)
Paloma Faith (Iveagh Gardens, Dublin)
Planetlove (King’s Hall Showgrounds, Belfast)
Temple House Festival (Ballymote, Co Sligo)
Summerfest (Killarney, Co Kerry)
Dublin City Soul Festival (Dublin)
Northside Music Festival (Dublin)
Belsonic Festival (Belfast)
World Fleadh (Cavan)
Kings Of Concrete (Wood Quay, Dublin)
Le Cheile (Oldcastle, Co Meath)
Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival (Ballyshannon, Co Donegal)
Josh Ritter (Big Top at the Galway Arts Festival)
Human League/Heaven 17 (Big Top at the Galway Arts Festival)
Rodrigo y Gabriela (Big Top at the Galway Arts Festival)
Midsummer Festival (Cork)
Earagail Arts Festival (Co Donegal)
Sea Sessions (Bundoran, Co Donegal)
Flatlake Festival (Clones, Co Monaghan)
Trans Festival (Belfast)
Junction Festival (Clonmel, Co Tipperary)
Decades Festival (Cork)
Jigs & Rigs (Rathlin Island, Co Antrim)
Magnet (Portlaoise, Co Laois
Ballinhassig Pitch Party (Co Cork)
Sibin Festival (Dublin)
Bray Summerfest (Bray, Co Wicklow)
Summer Blowout (Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin) CANCELLED


Forfey Festival (Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh)
Willowstone Festival (Killyleagh, Co Down)
Bulmers Live (Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin)
Spraoi (Waterford)
Festival of the Fires (Co Westmeath)
Greystones Americana & Roots Weekend (Greystones, Co Wicklow)
Bump (Clonlara, Co Clare)
No Place Like Dome (Temple House, Co Sligo)
Céilí Culture (Temple Bar, Dublin)
Sligo Jazz Project (Sligo)
Indie’Go World Festival (Fenagh, Co Carlow) CANCELLED
Athlone Music Festival (Co Westmeath)
Vantastival (Dunany, Co Louth)
Lovin’ Life Festival (Co Sligo)
Summer 2010 Sea Fest (Cromane, Co Kerry)
Mystik (Tullow, Co Carlow)
Kinsale Arts Week (Co Cork)
Festival 150 (Terenure College, Dublin)
Bandon Music Festival (Co Cork)
One Summer’s Eve (Dublin)
Open House Festival (Belfast)
Arthur’s Day (Dublin)
Feile ’10 (Belfast)
Buncrana Music & Arts (Co Donegal)
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast)
Take It to the Bridge (Banbridge, Co Down)

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