A look at the upcoming summer concerts in Dublin 7 and Dublin 8

Summer is just around the corner, and for music lovers in Dublin 7 and Dublin 8, there is no shortage of concerts to look forward to.

From intimate gigs with smaller acts to much larger events with some of the biggest names in music – the next few months are an exciting time to be a music fan.

Here are just some of the best concerts happening this summer in Dublin, and all of the information needed to get you there.

Fans attending an outdoor summer concert in Dublin – Photo: Liam Murphy


PhizzFest – Friday, May 12, Phibsboro

A three-day festival in Phibsboro, Phizzfest, kicks off on Friday, May 12.

Launching with an event on that Friday along the canal bank at Shandon Gardens Park, this festival will see a wide range of music, history, and theatre, with something for everyone in the family.

The festival takes place all over Phibsboro, with music performances to be found in The Hut, The Bernard Shaw, Dalymount Park, and The Back Page, to name but a few.

With some great acts including John Francis Flynn, Banríon, the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, and Trad Rave, this is looking like a weekend not to be missed!

All information, including which events need tickets and which are free to walk-in can be found on the PhizzFest website here.

The newly-released full schedule announcement – Credit: Phizzfest / Twitter

Paddy Keenan – May 14, The Depot

Paddy Keenan: legendary Irish musician, uillean piper, and founding member of the Bothy Band, takes to Smithfield’s The Depot, in The Complex, on Sunday, May 14, for what’s bound to be an exciting night.

Keenan will be performing on the set of The Rose Tattoo in The Complex, and will be joined onstage by Cyril O’Donoghue, Colleen Shanks, and Eamonn de Barra.

Tickets are priced at €15.50 and are available to purchase on The Complex’s website here.

Mango x Mathman – May 20, Vicar Street

Dublin hip-hop duo Mango x Mathman (Karl Mangan & Adam Fogarty) are performing their ‘Farewell Show’ at Vicar Street on May 20, wrapping up the five-year-long project that was Mango x Mathman.

In a statement announcing their end, the duo said that “it’s been an honour and a privilege to rep the Dub and the country through our music and gigs,” and said that this night was ‘a wake’ for MxM – one final show to say goodbye.

Having collaborated with the likes of Lisa Hannigan, God Knows, Plantain Papi and Loah, this night is bound to be full of guests and excitement. Definitely one for people wanting to kick their weekend off with some dancing.

Tickets are over 70% sold-out already, with the remaining tickets available to buy here.


Forbidden Fruit – June 3, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Taking place on the grounds of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Forbidden Fruit is a two-day music festival featuring some of the biggest names here in Ireland and abroad.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary on the IMMA grounds, this festival will see the likes of Central Cee, Rina Sawayama, Wesley Joseph, Eric Prydz, and Slowthai all taking to the various stages.

Irish representation over the weekend includes Annie Mac, Malaki, and April, with more names still to be announced.

The full line-up, along with all ticket information, can be found on their website here.

Wesley Joseph will take to the Forbidden Fruit stage on Sunday, June 4 – Photo: Liam Murphy

The Rob Strong Band – June 23, Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club

Located in the heart of The Liberties is Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club, and on Friday, June 23, The Rob Strong Band will take to its stage.

With over 55 years of musical experience, Derry-native blues star Rob Strong is returning to Arthur’s.

The ‘Godfather of Irish soul’ is celebrating 60 years on the road, and will be performing some of the biggest rock, blues, jazz, and soul songs of the last few decades.

Tickets are available here.


The Swell Season – July 13, Vicar Street

The Swell Season, made up of Once stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, are back together celebrating 15 years of the Oscar-award-winning Dublin film.

The Irish-Czech duo will take to the Vicar Street stage for two nights.

Expect big songs from the Once film soundtrack, along with Hansard and Irglová’s own original music, with some covers thrown into the mix as well.

Whether it’s as part of a band such as The Swell Season and The Frames or selling out venues all over the world as a solo artist, it’s not everyday you get to see Glen Hansard on home soil, so this night is looking to be special.

All ticket information can be found here but act quick.

Glen Hansard of The Swell Season, taking to Vicar Street for two nights in July – Photo: Liam Murphy

The Slim Jim Phantom Trio – July 14, Thomas House

Iconic drummer of The Stray Cats, Slim Jim Phantom, is coming to The Thomas House, and bringing his trio of musicians with him.

Drummer Slim Jim Phantom, guitarist Darrell Higham, and bassist Al Gare are coming to bring a night of rockabilly rock and roll to Dublin 8.

Moving through a throwback catalogue of music from over 35 years, this night is perfect for anyone looking to go back to their youth, and a chance to let go for a night.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite by clicking here.


Wider Than Pictures – August 21 – 27, Collins Barracks

‘Wider Than Pictures’ is a six-concert series presented by Singular Artists.

The concert series will see First Aid Kit, Yungblud, Future Islands, The Vamps, Mick Flannery, and Franz Ferdinand all gracing the stage on the grounds of the historic Collins Barracks.

Tickets are on-sale now, with some shows looking close to sell-out already, if not already.

All tickets can be bought here.

‘Wider Than Pictures’ concert series – Credit: Singular Artists

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – August 27, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

For the last recommendation on this list, it’s the one and only Noel Gallagher.

The Oasis star is bringing his High Flying Birds to Kilmainham to close out the summer and has Primal Scream and Happy Mondays on support.

With Oasis having one of the most iconic back catalogues in music, along with Noel Gallagher’s own solo music, the night is expected to be hit after hit.

Tickets are on sale now from here.

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