Between world class venues, various 2 and 3-day festivals attended by visitors from around the globe, to the local and Irish-born international talent, there is no shortage of famous bands and singers performing in Ireland. Welcomed by diverse music tastes and audiences that appreciate good music of all genres, international artists make Ireland a regular feature on tour calendars.
A thriving music scene sees big names in the music industry visiting Dublin, Belfast and other cities across Ireland to perform. The O2 and Vicar Street in Dublin have hosted Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithful, Leona Lewis and Slash of Guns n’ Roses fame, to name a few. Smaller venues feature local artists regularly – but remember that Ireland is home to some of the world’s best talent, so don’t be surprised if the local artists outshine the international stars.
One music festival that is said to rival Glastonbury for the calibre of the acts and the size of the audiences it draws is Oxegen. Oxegen takes place over 3 days at the Punchestown Racecourse, about 20 miles outside of Dublin. Visitors can camp at the festival site, or stay nearby and attend as day visitors. In 2010, Jay Z, Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas will cater for the younger, modern tastes, while Earth Wind and Fire and Echo and the Bunnymen will take care of the older crowd. The festival also features performances by Cathy Davey and other popular Irish artists.
The Dublin City Soul Festival is another must-see event, catering for a variety of music tastes, not just soul. Artists lined up for the 2010 event include The Three Tenors, Carlos Santana, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, The Cranberries and more. Diverse music genres cater for a diverse audience making this a popular event each year. The famous bands and singers this event attracts are a testament to its success and popularity with Irish music-lovers.
The Music Show, held on the first weekend of October In Dublin each year is becoming increasingly popular with up-and-coming musicians. This event not only features live performances by the likes of Imelda May and The Coronas, it includes music workshops and talks by professionals from the music industry. Anyone interested in breaking into the music business should attend this event. Irish and international artists are featured, giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy the music while learning about the industry.
As a travel destination for music lovers, it’s hard to beat Ireland. The beautiful countryside, historic buildings and fascinating heritage of Ireland make the perfect background for international and local artists who perform regularly in Ireland. With famous bands and singers in Ireland having given rise to the likes of The Cranberries, The Corrs and of course U2, even the up-and-coming musical talent in Ireland is well worth catching between the international shows.