As we near the summer months, the long-awaited outdoor concerts are just around the corner. It’s been a while since we bought overpriced ponchos and ruined our shoes in a packed, muddy field while sipping on a pint. If you are lucky enough to secure tickets for any of the upcoming gigs, this summer in Dublin is guaranteed to be a great return to outdoor events — if the weather behaves.
Irish pop star Dermot Kennedy is taking to the stage twice this summer, in both St. Anne’s Park in Raheny on June 10, and at Malahide Castle on June 24. With both venues just outside of the city centre, their large capacities allow for thousands of fans to gather and enjoy a return to the festival-style events. While Malahide Castle is not new to hosting concerts, only five previous artists have played at St. Anne’s Park, proving to be a prime location for live music due to its spacious capacity.
“Locally-based band Picture This will also perform in Malahide Castle on June 18.”
Locally-based band Picture This will also perform in Malahide Castle on June 18. Like hundreds of other artists after cancelled concerts from 2020, this Irish group are set to make their return to Dublin. This scenic location has hosted gigs back as far as 2008 and this year will see Lewis Capaldi, The Killers, and Sam Fender play alongside the Irish acts. With a capacity of 20,000, fans are guaranteed to enjoy an event to remember.
Forbidden Fruit is kicking off the first of the major festivals in Dublin. Being the city’s longest-running outdoor festival, this June will mark 10 years of the iconic event. Hosted at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham, this spacious area allows for thousands to gather and listen to artists such as BICEP, Loyle Carner, Lorde, and Peggy Gou. A return to festivals is what the city’s music lovers need after two years of radio silence.
New to the concert scene is Fairview Park. Located near the seafront in Clontarf, this venue will be hosting numerous gigs this coming June — including Phoebe Bridgers, Olivia Rodrigo, and Inhaler. With a smaller capacity of 5,000, fans expressed their disappointment at the rapid selling out of tickets, but gaining a new venue allows for an increase in outdoor concerts in the summer months, allowing for more artists to perform in Dublin. Thankfully, I managed to get a ticket for Phoebe Bridgers, and the thought of seeing her live is getting me through exam season.
“Marlay Park will be running with a rock theme this summer, with Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chilli Peppers playing back to back on June 28 and 29.”
Marlay Park will be running with a rock theme this summer, with with Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chilli Peppers playing back to back on 28 and 29 June. This venue has hosted the famous Longitude festival since 2013, and residents situated in the Dublin suburb complain ferociously every year about the noise and congestion. I wouldn’t say that the upcoming sold-out concerts will be any quieter or more peaceful and while I don’t envy the neighbours, I do envy ticket holders as these shows are going to be spectacular.
Speaking of, Longitude will take place this coming July for the first time since 2019. Ticket holders were disappointed after the cancellation for two consecutive years, but as we move out of the many lockdowns, those attending can make up for lost time and enjoy a restriction-free festival (so far anyway). With headlining artists like A$AP Rocky, Jack Harlow, Tyler, The Creator, and Doja Cat, the popular Dublin festival will return to Marlay Park from July 1 to 3. 40,000 concert-goers will flood the green, creating a return to large-scale festivals.
“Finally, our own college will host their annual Trinity Summer Series from June 27 to July 3.”
Finally, our own college will host their annual Trinity Summer Series from June 27 to July 3. Since 2017 Trinity have transformed the cricket pitch into a mini-festival; they have years of experience for these types of events, with the large-scale, long-awaited Trinity Ball occurring annually. The capacity for the seven-day long series is 5,000 per gig, with artists such as The Coronas, Keane, Crowded House, and Michael Kiwanuka performing.
Very few of these upcoming events have tickets left on their websites or Ticketmaster, so if you are interested in attending, start booking fast!