Ireland’s Summer Music Festival Scene, Flickr: Man Alive!

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If you’re a student traveler heading to Ireland with cheap tickets this summer or other parts of Europe, you are probably interested in checking out what big events are happening during your trip, and especially the fantastic summer phenomenon that are summer music festivals! Arguably the best part of the season in the States, Ireland is no different.  With a wide variation of music genres and a much deeper appreciation for the usually allusive sun, the Irish music festivals this summer are surely something to look forward to.  Here is a list of some of the biggest, when they’re happening and who will be performing.

Electric Picnic
Friday August 30th to September 1st

Stradbally Estate, County Laois

One of Ireland’s biggest events all year, Electric Picnic is a three-day event with options to camp and purchase 1-3 day passes. The lineup includes Fatboy Slim, Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, My Bloody Valentine, Franz Ferdinand, Wu-Tang Clan, St. Vincent, and many more.   Prices range from €149.50 to €229.50 depending on when you purchase.  Discounts are available for fans who have attended three picnics before, and fans who decide to cycle to the festival for charity are also eligible for discounted entry.

Friday August 2nd to Sunday August 4th

Punchestown Racecourse

This festival is geared toward electro pop music fans looking for dance and popular music.  Headliners this year include David Guetta and Calvin Harris, with Snoop Dog, Pitbull, Nero and many others.  This 3-day festival also welcomes campers, and ticket prices vary from €129.50 to €149.50.

Longitude Festival  
Friday July 19th to Sunday July 21st

Marlay Park, Dublin

Longitude is probably my top pick for music festivals this summer.   This festival is also three days, with headliners such as Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, and Kraftwerk, as well as big acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Local Natives, Japandroids, and Modest Mouse. My problem now is deciding which day to go, but maybe all three is the only answer!  Tickets range from €54.50 to €149.50.  There is no camping at this festival.

Forbidden Fruit
Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd

Kilmainham, Dublin

This festival is one of the few held within the city, with tickets ranging from €54.50 to €99.50.  Headliners Kasabian, Crystal Castles, James Blake, Chic, Four Tet, Everything Everything and Primal Scream will perform.  Forbidden Fruit also has two comedy tents showcasing some of Ireland’s funniest.

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