Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The annual On The Record outdoor shows and festivals census

We did this last year with huge help from Nialler and Pedro so it’s time to do it again. The aim is simple – to keep track of all the outdoor summer shows and festivals (or shows in tents – …

Wed, Aug 6, 2008, 12:06


We did this last year with huge help from Nialler and Pedro so it’s time to do it again.

The aim is simple – to keep track of all the outdoor summer shows and festivals (or shows in tents – no solid structures please) which take place in Ireland every “summer” from April/May to September.

The list is blow the fold and the count now stands at 74.

Add any ones I’ve left out in the comments and I’ll update the list as they come in.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (RDS, Dublin) (OK, OK, I somehow forgot to include this in the first draft – go ahead, shoot me)
Electric Picnic (Stradbally, Co Laois)
Castle Palooza (Tullamore, Co Offaly)
Mantua Project (Co Roscommon)
Oxegen (Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare)
Cois Fharraige (Kikee, Co Clare)
Irish Green Gathering (Enniscorthy, Co Wexford)
Farmleigh Affair (Phoenix Park, Dublin)
Analog Festival (Grand Canal Square, Dublin)
CorkXSW (Skibereen, Co Cork)
Big Bang Festival of Rhythm (various venues, Dublin)
Festival of World Cultures (Fun Laoghaire, Co Dublin)
Knockanstock (Blessington, Co Wicklow)
Lovebox (Marlay Park, Dublin)
Day of Darkness (Co Laois)
Beach Party with Chemical Brothers (Portrush, Co Antrim)
Life (Gort, Co Galway)
Live at the Marquee (Cork) (yes, I know there were loads of shows here but lets leave it as one for now)
Neil Young (Malahide Castle, Dublin)
Eric Clapton (Malahide Castle, Dublin)
Tiesto (Ballinlough Castle, Co Meath)
Leonard Cohen (IMMA, Dublin)
Tom Waits (Phoenix Park, Dublin)
Eurocultured (Smithfield Plaza, Dublin)
Green Energy (Dublin Castle)
Westlife (Croke Park, Dublin)
Celine Dion (Croke Park, Dublin)
Neil Diamond (Croke Park, Dublin)
Dysart Festival (Kilkenny – still going ahead albeit in a different venue with a completely downsized line-up)
Radiohead (Malahide Castle, Dublin)
Bon Jovi (Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare)
Iggy Pop (IMMA, Dublin)
Morrissey (IMMA, Dublin)
Future Days Festival (Various venues, Dublin)
Glasgowbury (Moneyneena, Co Derry)
Solas (Clonegal, Co Carlow)
The Police (Stormont Castle, Belfast)
Planetlove (Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co Meath – June)
Planetlove (Shane’s Castle, Co Antrim – September)
Linkin Park (RDS, Dublin)
Dolly Parton (Nowlan Park, Kilkenny)
Summerfest (Killarney, Co Kerry)
Dublin City Soul Festival (Dublin)
Northside Music Festival (Dublin)
Kraftwerk (Luggala, Co Wicklow)
IndiePendence Festival (Mitchelstown, Co Cork)
Boyzone (RDS, Dublin)
World Fleadh (Portlaoise, Co Laois)
Muse (Marlay Park, Dublin)
The Killers (Marlay Park, Dublin)
Metallica (Marlay Park, Dublin)
Lenny Kravitz (Marlay Park, Dublin (You don’t think we’d have forgotten Lenny)
Belsonic Festival (Belfast)
Hard Working Class Heroes (Temple Bar, Dublin)
Kings Of Concrete (Wood Quay, Dublin)
Le Cheile (Oldcastle, Co Meath)
Rory Gallagher festival (Ballyshannon, Co Donegal)
Music Revolution (Lisburn)
The Big Top at the Galway Arts Festival (Galway, obviously)
Inisfox (Co Mayo)


Spiegeltent (Cork)
Spiegeltent (Dublin)
Techfest (Tullamore, Co Offaly)
Trans Festival (Belfast)
Westlife (Pearse Stadium, Galway)
Bundoran Live (Co Donegal)
Junction Festival (Clonmel, Co Tipperary)
Carrick Water Festival (Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim)
Michael Buble (Donnybrook, Dublin)
Bray Summer Festival (Bray, Co Wicklow)
Sea Sessions (Bundoran, Co Donegal)
Dolan’s D-10 Festival (Limerick)
Flatlake Festival (Clones, Co Monaghan)
Timoleague Festival (Timoleague, Co Cork)

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