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4 events for... fans of summer music outdoors

Catch Grace Jones in Trinity College and The Academic at Iveagh Gardens.

Grace Jones
Grace Jones
Image: Katja Ogrin

OUTDOOR CONCERTS In Ireland are a treat during the summer months. If the sky is clear and the sun is shining, there is nothing better.

Ireland’s selection of outdoor concerts and festivals has expanded in recent years and has been bringing some of the biggest names in music to this green (well, mostly green before the heatwave) isle.

Here’s our pick of four outdoor gigs happening across the country this week.

1. Dance to Leftfield and Sister Sledge at the Townlands Carnival festival, Co Cork

When: July 20 – 22

Where: Rusheen Farm, Macroom, Co Cork

Whether you’re a fan of folk, hip-hop, dance or traditional music, there’s something for you at Townlands Carnival. Over the weekend, sets from a diverse range of artists in the gorgeous woodland setting of the estate at Rusheen Farm will include Katie Kim, Kíla, Donal Dineen and Sister Sledge, to name a few. For extra comfort, treat yourself to glamping accommodation on the festival grounds.

Full festival details and tickets available, here.

2. Be a slave to the rhythm with Grace Jones at the outdoor Trinity Summer Series

When: Monday July 23, 7pm

Where: Trinity College Park, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2

The Summer Series, held on the grounds of Trinity College returns for a second year of live music. An impressive line-up of international artists including Bryan Ferry,  Rag’n'Bone Man and homegrown talent Imelda May can be caught over the week long event.

Our pick is the inimitable musician Grace Jones, whose performances are renowned for her incredible vocals, impressive repertoire of hits and incomparable theatricality. Jones will be supported by Bray R’n'B trio, Wyvern Lingo, who released their self-titled debut album at the start of 2018.

Tickets available here.

3. Dublin indie giants Kodaline perform at The Galway International Arts Festival

When: Thursday July 19, 8pm

Where: Heineken Big Top, Fisheries Field, Galway City

The Heineken Big Top is the prime outdoor music venue at the annual Galway International Arts Festival. This weekend, the Dublin based indie-rock ensemble, Kodaline will play all the hits from their three massively successful records to a large crowd in Galway City Centre. Support for the band on the night comes from Ryan McMullan. Elsewhere, there will be concerts from Paddy Hanna, We Are Scientists and Ailbhe Reddy taking place throughout the festival.

Tickets can be purchased here.

4. Soak up the sun at the last of the summer concerts at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens with The Academic

ONE WEEK until we open for @therollingstones in Croke Park! 💃

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When: Friday July 20th, 6:30pm

Where: Iveagh Gardens, Clonmel Street, St Kevin’s, Dublin 2

The lush surrounds of Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens is a gorgeous venue to catch live music. Irish indie-rock band The Academic, hailing from Westmeath, will close this year’s series of summer concerts which hosted shows by Eels, Aslan and Alanis Morissette throughout July. It has been a momentous year for the band as they released their debut record in January and supported The Rolling Stones in Croke Park at the start of the summer.

Tickets for their Iveagh Gardens gig available here.

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