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Ireland isn't exactly the hotspot for musical talent to visit during the summer, but recently we've been acquiring some absolutely MAJOR acts from around the world.

Some of us may remember the days of Oxygen (Rest in Pieces), but Electric Picnic has taken over as the biggest and most popular festival in the Irish calendar.

Longitude appears to have become the most 'hip-hop' festival in town overnight, who saw that one coming? All the young ones adore it, hence why artists such as Chance the Rapper, Future and AS$P Rocky are headlining it this year.

Oh, and the queen that is CARDI B (gasp)… this will be us when she emerges on stage like the glorious, ghetto peacock that she is:

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Luckily for you, we've decided to do a round-up of EVERYTHING there is to know of 2019's Irish music festivals.

Strap yourselves in, get your raincoat and wellies ready, it's looking like a muddy ride. 

God knows why we all live for summer's music gigs, most of us have had our stuff stolen, our tents destroyed and our dignity abandoned, yet we still come crawling back for more. Must be our dedication to the art, or something?

First up: Castlepalooza: May 3 – May 5 2019

Things have been pretty hush hush this year in Castlepalooza-land. So far, no headline acts have been announced and even the early bird tickets aren't on sale yet.

As far as speculation goes, they normally stick to Irish acts such as AllTvvins and The Rubberbandits, so maybe they'll get Dermot Kennedy or Picture This?

We're assuming it's still taking place in Charleville Castle, Tullamore, but they've changed the dates so who knows. All will be revealed.

Life Festival: May 24 – May 26 2019

For #Life19, some major dance players have been given the green light to DJ, including Giggs, Bicep, MK, Nina Kraviz and CamelPhat. Think District 8 but in the woodlands.

The festival is returning to Belvedere House in County Westmeath for a weekend of phenomenal tunes. There are three days, six stages and a jam-packed line-up.

Chill by the lakeside stage for a more relaxed vibe, or hit the District 8 tent and Main Stage for absolute dance mania.

Vantastival: 31 May – June 2 2019

Known as the last real festival for camper vans and 'legit' music lover families, Vantastival is relatively unknown in some circles but a must-see in others.

Taking place in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the festival boasts comedy shows, craft beer, art installations and a kids' camp for families.

The festival gets some unbelievable talent up to play, and the headline acts this year have already been announced.

King Kong Company, David Keenan, Cry Monster Cry, Just Mustard and I'd Fight Gandhi are all hitting the stages this year, it's gonna be a BIG one for their 10th anniversary.

Forbidden Fruit: June 1 – June 3 2019

Forbidden Fruit has been a steadily growing Irish festival for years, with some well-known as well as emerging talent performing DJ sets in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham.

Headliners this year are Mura Masa (INCREDIBLE), Skepta, Elbow, First Aid Kit and Danny Brown. They're spreading out the genres this year, bringing in some new and more alternative names.

Tickets went on-sale back in December, but there are still a few left. We recommend grabbing them before they're gone.

Body&Soul: June 21 – June 23 2019

The arts festival takes place in Ballinlough, Co. Westmeath, and it's celebrating it's 10th run this year.

Previous headliners include Nick Cave, but they have yet to tease 2019's fixtures. 

It's a cesspit for creative minds, branding itself as the biggest 'independent' festival in Ireland. They're announcing the line-up very soon, so stay tuned. We're guessing perhaps Christine and the Queens?

Sea Sessions: June 21- June 23 2019

Sea Sessions is well on the rise. The festival is specifically for surfers, and takes place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal for those sea lovers every year.

They've got a STELLAR line-up for 2019: Sigrid (I cried when I saw her, not gonna lie), Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club are the star acts who will blaze up that stage.

This one looks set to be an incredible year, especially if the weather holds up. Tickets are on sale now, but it sells out every year so get on it ASAP.

Longitude – July 5 – July 7 2019

They've just announced some massive names to the chart: Cardi B and Anne-Marie are two unreal additions.

The festival is running from Friday July 5 until Sunday July 7 in Marlay Park, and always gets some pure stunning weather (for once).

The line-ups have DRASTICALLY changed even since 2017, when Mumford & Sons took centre stage. It's all about those rap stars nowadays, who would have thought Irish people would crave the genre so much? Maybe it's just the young wans.

Tickets are back on sale this Friday, February 1 at 9am. Get ready for online mayhem, as Cardi B is sure to attract thousands of eager fans. 


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All Together Now: August 2 – August 4 2019

The festival takes place in Curraghmore House in County Waterford during the August Bank Holiday, so it's always a sure-fire hit.

American indie band The National are the headliners for this year's take; previous performers include Fleet Foxes, Mura Masa, Villagers and First Aid Kit.

Most of the tickets have already sold-out for this year's festival, but there's always DoneDeal? Camper van tickets are also still available, but not much else except the higher priced ones.

Electric Picnic: August 30 – September 1 2019

So E.P. is ALREADY sold-out, as predicted. 

The speculation has begun, seeing as nobody is aware of the line-up as of yet, and we're gonna go ahead and pray that our home-girl ARIANA GRANDE hits the Main Stage. Get your rosary beads out.

Last year saw N.E.R.D, Kendrick Lamar and The Prodigy hit the stage as headliners, and Sigrid and Dua Lipa absolutely smashed it during their performances. We'd love to see those gals return with new albums under their belts.

There you are, gals. The ULTIMATE Irish music festival round-up for 2019…so far. We're tingling with excitement already at the thought of sneaking in all those naggins/cans/wine bottles/shoulders/litres/whatever the kids drink nowadays.

Now all we need is the funds to afford any/all of these amazing gigs. Maybe we could sneak in?

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So, January is almost over, summer 2018 is in sight, and those pesky winter blues have all but vanished.

And if that wasn't enough to brighten up your Monday, we've got some very exciting festival news to get you ready for the season ahead.

Castlepalooza has just released it's first line-up announcement with All Tvvins and Rubberbandits among those who will take to the stage at Charleville Castle, Tullamore this August.

Dublin indie pop band All Tvvins are set to headline the music festival in what will their only Irish festival date this year.

Comedy duo Rubberbandits lead the way and the Laughter Lab, with Karl Spain, Eric Lalor and many more also expected to entertain the crowds.

Other acts set to perform across the weekend include US dance act, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), as well as Dublin’s Super Extra Bonus Party, Detroit Swindle, Ships, New Jackson and Space Dimension Controller.

Ticket prices range from €49 for a one-day ticket to €139 for weekend with camping.

Tickets are on sale now and are available to purchase here


So, Castlepalooza is mere hours away, and you know what that means – it's time to clean off those wellies and prepare for one of the most exciting weekends on the Irish festival calendar.

And while every festival provides it's own unique charm and character, it seems like no matter which one you attend, you always seem to run into the same types of people.

Keep a look out for these 10 festival-goers over the weekend.

1. That random guy who sat behind you in Fifth Year maths

Remember Shane? That quiet guy you had honestly forgotten existed?

Well, he's here. Only now he's rocking a baja hoodie and a fairly questionable look in his eye. 


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2. A celebrity in their natural habitat

Hozier, that you? Looking splendid in that pac-a-mac as always. 

Photo – Aoife Walsh twitter 

3. The one who can't find their friends

It's five o'clock in the morning and you're finally about to doze off, when you hear the dreaded sound of your tent door opening.

"Hey, do I live here?"

"NO! – Get out and never come back."

4. The out-of-place couple

Amongst the chaos of the main stage you'll always find one couple standing in a loving embrace as Paolo Nutini plays 'their song'. 

Not the time or the place guys. 

5. The embarrassing dad 

Reliving the days of his youth, but now with added cringey dance moves. 

6. The annoyingly tall person 


You know who you are. 

7. The one who takes 'festival fashion' to new extremes 

Glitter in places it definitely shouldn't be. 


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8. The awkward work acquaintance 

Oh God, is that Kevin from accounts? 

Don't make eye contact. 

9. The girl who's only dying to get on someone's shoulders 

OK. We get it, you're small and you want to see the stage. 

But please spare a thought for all the poor souls that have suffered a wellie in the face. 

10. The one who only came for the music

They'll miss out on all the campsite fun, but they'll claim it's worth it just to see that 'mind blowing' headline set.  

So, if you are heading to Castlepalooza this weekend, why not see how many of these you can spot? 

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With Castlepalooza mere weeks away, music fans have been chomping at the bit to find out where their favourite act can be found over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend.

And the wait is, thankfully, now over.

The festival, which takes place at Charleville Castle in Co Offaly, will, as always, be hosting an array of incredible talent, and now is the time to find out whether you need to live it up at the Centre Stage or bunker down at The Courtyard Stage.


Only 5 weeks to go guys, grab your tickets now before it's too late!

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Taking to social media this afternoon, the good folk behind the festival wrote: "Here's the next part of the puzzle – behold the Castlepalooza 2017 day by day breakdown!"

"If you haven't already got your hands on a ticket, get one now before it’s too late," they warned.

Ladies, it's time to set your sights on this year's stage times, and prepare yourselves for a weekend to remember.



The Irish festival season is officially upon us, with Foirbidden Fruit just passed.

Now, Castlepalooza is gearing up for their massive three-day music sesh, and the indie festival have added a whole host of new acts to their already stellar line-up. 

Joining the already amazing list of acts is Le Galaxie, Denney, Hiva Oa, Liza Flume, Oddsocks, RSAG, Bitch Falcon, Daithí, Dublin Ukulele Collective, Floor Staff, Hot Cops, Ivy Nations, Prymary Colours, Dip Djs, Third Smoke, Tiz McNamara, Wastefellow, Elaine Mai and Chasing Abbey. 

Also taking to the stage at Charleville Castel, Tullamore will be Le Boom, Thumper, Participant, Rosa Nutty, Phare, Cinema, Frankenstein Bolts, Wolff, and Video Blue.

Show Fur, Damola, Apella, Nimino, Tu-Ki, Lumigraph, Apres Ski, Barry Redsetta, Aik J, Oh Boland, Let’s Sail and Robocobra Quartet are also scheduled to entertain the masses at the fest. 

The musical line-up is pretty epic, but that's not all the festival has to offer.


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Colm O’Regan, Deirdre O’Kane, Fred Cooke, Kevin Mc Gahern, PJ Gallagher and Shane Clifford will all be sharing their comedic talent at the festivals Vodafone Laughter Lounge

The festival runs from Friday August 4 to Sunday August 6, with tickets priced at €119.00, and there are still more acts to be announced.

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Festival season is fast approaching, and with that in mind, iconic alternative festival Castlepalooza has released their second round of acts. 

Taking to the stage at Charleville Castel, Tullamore will be Le Boom, Thumper, Participant, Rosa Nutty, Phare, Cinema, Frankenstein Bolts, Wolff, and Video Blue.

Joining the line-up will be Show Fur, Damola, Apella, Nimino, Tu-Ki, Lumigraph, Apres Ski, Barry Redsetta, Aik J, Oh Boland, Let’s Sail and Robocobra Quartet.

The festival is clearly maintaining its reputation for bringing together an eclectic mix of homegrown and international music acts, artists and culinary experiences.

The newly announced acts will be performing alongside Aik J, Barry Redsetta, Baz Hickey, Beach, Beauty Sleep, Boca 45, Farrah Elle, Girl Band and Heroes in Hiding.

Other acts that have also been announced include Hvmmingbird, I Have A Tribe, King Bones, Let’s Sail, Lumo Club, Le Boom, Participant, Pete Isaac, Spud Gun; Shit Robot, Waze & Odyssey and Wild Beasts.


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The musical line up is supreme, and the comedy set is looking pretty well too. 

Colm O’Regan, Deirdre O’Kane, Fred Cooke, Kevin Mc Gahern, PJ Gallagher and Shane Clifford will all be sharing their comedic talent at the festivals Vodafone Laughter Lounge

The festival runs from Friday August 4 to Sunday August 6, with tickets priced at €119.00, and there are still more acts to be announced.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Thousands of revellers descended upon the grounds of Charleville Castle in Tullamore last weekend for one of the most beautiful boutique events of the year… the Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival.

There was music from Jape, Flight Like Apes, Alex Metric, Of Montreal and more, plus comedy, spoken word and incredible food to boot.

SHEmazing! headed along for this year's festival, and you can check out some of the highlights above.

Roll on 2016!