Music Festival Calendar



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10–14 Jan: APAP, New York
11 Jan: Dublin Bowie Festival, Dublin
15–18 Jan: Eurosonic Noorderslag, Groningen
16 Jan–2 Feb: Celtic Connections, Glasgow
16–20 Jan: Shannonside Winter Music Festival
16–18 Jan: Documenting Jazz Conference, Birmingham
17–19 Jan: Music for Galway and Galway 2020 present: Midwinter Festival: Beethoven, Galway
17–19 Jan: Music Minds Festival, Doolin, Co. Clare
22–26 Jan: Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin
29–31 Jan: Association of British Orchestras Annual Conference, Manchester
26 Jan–9 Feb: Imbolc International Music Festival, Derry

Féile na Tána, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Musica Nova Helsinki
Liverpool Philharmonic – Music Industry Careers Day, Liverpool
Irish National Opera Spring Season
Aesynth Festival, Dublin
Stereo Spasms Festival, Café Oto, London
IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras, National Concert Hall, Dublin
Quarter Block Party, Cork
7–9 Feb: Spike – Dublin Alternative Cello Festival
Grammy Awards
Concertina Cruinniú, Miltown Malbay Co. Clare
Gradam Ceoil TG4, Waterfront Hall, Belfast
The BRIT Awards, The O2, London
Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam
Bootlenote 10, Dublin
Late Junction Festival, The Barbican, London
New Music Dublin, National Concert Hall, Dublin

1–3 March: Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Cork/Cobh
1–10 March: Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival
2–18 March: Manchester Irish Festival
5–6 March: Golden Classical Music Awards, New York
7 March: RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Dublin
7–10 March:
Spectrum Jazz Festival, Dublin
7–10 March: Durango Celtic Festival, Colorado
8–10 March: Wales’ Interceltic Festival
8–10 March: Finding A Voice – Women Composers Weekend, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
8–17 March:
SXSW, Austin, Texas
9 Mar–15 Apr: Migrations: The Making of America, Carnegie Hall and New York City
11–22 March: Sounds Like THIS, Leeds
15–18 March: Kilkenny Tradfest
21–24 Mar: Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee
22–24 Mar: Dublin International Choral Festival
22–25 Mar: Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
27–28 Mar: Arts Council/Local Government Places Matter Conference, NUI Galway
28–31 March: Cork Sound Fair
29–31 March: BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

1–7 April: Five Lamps Arts Festival, Dublin
2–5 April: Musikmesse, Frankfurt
3–4 April: DCU Anam
5–7 April: Big Bang Dublin! International Music Festival for Young Audiences
14–18 April: Music Current, Dublin
11–14 April: Clifden Trad Fest, Co. Galway
12–14 April: Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival, Co. Cork
12–14 April: Baltimore Irish Trad Fest, USA
12–21 April: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, California
13 April: Ceardlann Earraigh, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
13–28 April: Jazzahead!, Bremen
18–22 April: National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia
19 April: UK Garage Fest
19–24 April: The Harrogate International Youth Festival of Music & Performing Arts
22–25 April: Sonorities Festival Belfast
24–25 April: Textures Festival, Cafe Oto, London
24–28 April: Cruinniú na bhFlúit, Baile Bhuirne, Co. Cork
24–27 April: Brighton Music Conference
24–28 April: Live Collision International Festival, Dublin
25 April–5 May: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Trail, New Orleans
25–27 April: Sónar Reykjavik
25-28 April: Consairtín, Ennis, Co. Clare
25–28 April:
Leeds Lieder Festival
26–28 April: Something in the Water, Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 April–5 May:
Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe
30 April–6 May: Drogheda Arts Festival

1-3 May: Festival of Classical Improvisation, London
1–5 May: GAIA Festival, Oberhofen am Thunersee, Thun, Switzerland
1–5 May: Cork International Choral Festival
2–5 May: Annie Mac Presents Lost and Found, Malta
2–5 May: Shetland Folk Festival
2–6 May: City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival
2–6 May: Fleadh by the Feale, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
2–6 May: Féile na Bealtaine, Dingle, Co. Kerry
2–12 May: Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
3–4 May: 37d03d Festival, Brooklyn, New York
3–5 May: Liverpool Sound City
3–5 May: Bray Jazz Festival, Bray, Co. Wicklow
3–6 May: Féile Joe Éinniú, Carna, Co. Galway
3–6 May: Sligo International Chamber Music Festival
3–6 May: The Cup of Tae Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal
3–6 May: Féile Chois Cuain, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
3–6 May: Fleadh na gCuach, Kinvara, Co. Galway
3–6 May: Kilkenny Roots Festival
3–6 May: Birr Festival of Music, Co. Offaly
4 May: Live at Leeds
4–5 May: This is Dublin Ska Festival, Whelan’s,Dublin
4–6 May: Flutter Echo Festival –  A Celebration of David Toop, Café OTO, London
5 May: Hit the North, Newcastle
7–12 May: Eastbound: Dublin’s New Music Festival
9 May: Music Week Awards, Battersea, London
9–11 May: The Great Escape – The Festival for New Music, Brighton, UK
9–11 May: Spor – Festival for Contemporary Music and Sound Art, Aarhus, Denmark
9–12 May: Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Cork
10–12 May: Rolling Loud, Miami
10–12 May: Form, Arcosanti, Arizona
10–12 May: Acoustic Yard Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo
10–12 May: It Takes a Village Festival, Trabolgan, East Cork
10–26 May: Norfolk & Norwich Festival
11 May: Chambord x Cercle, Chambord, France
11 May: Street Fest, Leeds, UK
15–19 May: West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival
17–19 May: Gospel Rising Music Festival, Dublin
17–19 May: Féile Róise Rua, Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal
17–19 May: Skerries Traditional Music Festival, Co. Dublin
17–19 May: Doncaster Folk Festival
17–19 May: Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe – Tulla Traditional Music Festival, Co. Clare
18 May: World Fiddle Day, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry
18 May–19 June: Puccini Festival, Hungary
18–19 May: Sound Unbound, Barbican, London
18 May–25 Aug:
Glyndebourne Festival
19–27 May: Fleadh Nua, Ennis. Co. Clare
23–26 May: Orkney Folk Festival
24-26 May: Life Festival, Dublin
24–26 May: Galway Early Music Festival
25 May: Féile Nasc, Marlay Park, Dublin
25–26 May: SlamDunk Festival, Leeds/Hertfordshire
20–29 May: Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition, Helsinki
25–26 May: East Durham Irish Festival, New York
28 May–3 June: Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Lismore, Co. Waterford
29 May–2 June: Primavera Pro, Barcelona
30 May–3 June: Mountshannon Arts Festival, Co. Clare
31 May–2 June:
Vantastival, Drogheda, Co. Louth
31 May–3 June: Open Ear, Sherkin Island, Cork
31 May–3 June: Doonbeg International Jazz Festival, Co. Clare

1 June: Roots Picnic, Philadelphia
1 June: Unamplifire, London
1–3 June: Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival, The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin
1–2 June: Fever Pitch, Galway Airport
4–9 June: Carlow Arts Festival
4 June–9 Aug: Opera Holland Park 2019 Season
5–9 June: Women’s Work NI: A Festival Celebrating Women in Music, Belfast
5 June–3 Aug: 
Longborough Festival OperaGloucestershire 
6-9 June: Limerick Sings, International Choral Festival, Limerick
6–23 June: Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmania
7–8 June: Nature Loves Courage, Sougia, Crete
7–9 June:
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Co. Mayo
7–23 June: Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
8–9 June: Marvellous Island, Plage de Vaires-Torcy, Paris
11–16 June:
Great Music in Irish Houses
13–16 June: Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival, Limavady
13–16 June:
Isle of Wight Festival
13–23 June: Cork Midsummer Festival
14–16 June: Doolin Folk Festival, Co. Clare
14–16 June: Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
15 June: Pen-Marr Irish Festival, Pennsylvania
15–22 June: BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
20–23 June: Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival, Glengarriff, Co. Cork
21 June: Knocklane Festival, Co. Sligo
21–22 June: Louth Contemporary Music Society: Stations of the Sun, Dundalk, Co. Louth
21–23 June: Black Deer Festival, Kent
24–28 June: Craiceann: Bodhrán Summer School, Inis Oírr, Co. Galway
24 June–5 July: Blas – International Summer School of Irish Traditonal Music and Dance, Limerick
26–20 June: Glastonbury Festival
27 June–6 July: Festival International de Jazz, Montreal
28 June–7 July: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, Co. Cork
28–30 June: Kaleidoscope, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
28–30 June: Irish International A Cappella Festival 2019, Dublin
28 June–1 July: Con Curtin Music Festival, Brosna, Co. Kerry
29–30 June: Cheltenham Music Festival
29 June–18 July: Istanbul Jazz Festival
30 June–5 July: An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Harp Festival, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth

1–7 July: Clonmel Junction Festival
1–7 July: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales
3–12 July: Irish Composition Summer School, Dublin
4–21 July: Manchester International Festival
5–7 July: Traidphicnic, An Spidéal, Co. Galway
5–7 July: Gooikoorts International Folk Festival, Belgium
5–7 July: Longitude, Dublin
5–7 July: New Music Biennial 2019, London
5–7 July: Forever Young Festival, Naas, Co. Kildare
6–7 July: Audio Shoot – International Music Video and Film Festival, Murphy’s Barn, Wexford
6–13 July: Cairde Sligo Arts Festival
6–14 July: Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
6–28 July: Music in the Mountains, Durango, Colorado
8–12 July: Ceol na Coille School of Irish Traditional Music, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
9–14 July: Halifax Jazz Festival, Canada
10–14 July: Carrick Water Music Festival, Carrick-on-Shannon
10–28 July: Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
12–14 July: Creepy Teepee, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
12–14 July: Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, Driffield, Yorkshire
14–20 July: South Sligo Summer School, Tubercurry, Co. Sligo
14–20 July: Catskills Irish Arts Week
15–28 July: Galway International Arts Festival
18–27 July: Boyle Arts Festival
18–21 July: Bluedot, Cheshire
19–21 July: Melt Festival, Berlin
19–21 July: Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
19–25 July: The Gerard Manley Hopkins 32nd International Festival, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
19 July–14 Sept: BBC Proms
19 July–1 Sept: Riga Jurmala Music Festival, Latvia
20–21 July: Claremorris Folk Festival, Co. Mayo
20–27 July: Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
21–27 July: Mad Week: Music and Dance Week, Bethesda, Maryland
21–28 July: Fiddler’s Green Festival, Rostrevor
25–28 July: Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
25–28 July: WOMAD, Charlton Park, Wiltshire
26–28 July: Great Irish Arts Week, Frankfort, New York
27 July–3 Aug: Belfast TradFest
27 July: Folk on the Tyne,Sage Gateshead

1–4 Aug: Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago
1–4 Aug: Cambridge Folk Festival
1–11 Aug: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon
1–31 Aug: Open House Festival, Bangor
2–4 Aug:
O’Carolan Harp Festival, Keadue, Co. Roscommon
2–4 Aug: All Together Now, Curraghmore, Waterford
2–9 Aug: Sidmouth Folk Festival, Devon, England
2–26 Aug: Edinburgh International Festival
2–26 Aug: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
3–4 Aug: The Beatyard, Dún Laoghaire
6–11 Aug: NCH International Master Course, Dublin
7–12 Aug: Feakle Festival
8–10 Aug: Fairport Convention Cropredy, Oxfordshire
8–11 Aug: Boyne Music Festival, Townley Hall, Drogheda
9–11 Aug: Flow Festival, Helsinki
9–18 Aug: Kilkenny Arts Festival
11–18 Aug: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Drogheda, Co. Louth
14–20 Aug: Scoil na gCláirseach – Festival of Early Irish Harp, Kilkenny
15–17 Aug:
Stendhal Festival, Limavady
15–18 Aug: Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
15–18 Aug: Chamber Music on Valentia, Co. Kerry
16–18 Aug: Clandeboye Festival, Bangor
16–18 Aug: Another Love Story, Co. Meath
21–27 Aug: Manchester International Piano Competition
21–25 Aug: Masters of Tradition, Bantry, Co. Cork
22–25 Aug: Shambala, Northamptonshire
22–26 Aug:
Cornwall Folk Festival
23–26 Aug: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
19 Aug–19 Sept: Musikfest Berlin
26 Aug: MTV Video Music Awards – VMAs
30 Aug–1 Sept:
Sundown, Norfolk Showground, Norwich
30 Aug–1 Sept: Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois
30 Aug–1 Sept: Mosely Folk and Arts Festival, Mosely Park, Birmingham
30 Aug–1 Sept: Glenarm Festival of Voice, Co. Antrim

4–8 Sept: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht
6–7 Sept: Festival of New, Snape, Suffolk
6–8 Sept: Harvest Time Rhythm & Blues Festival, Monaghan Town
7 Sept: London Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House
7–22 Sept: Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin
8–22 Sept: Tsinandali Festival, Georgia
10–15 Sept: Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork
13–15 Sept:
Westport Festival of Chamber Music, Westport, Co. Mayo
16–22 Sept: Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2019, Cork
18–21 Sept: Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
16–18 Sept: Cahir Trad Fest, Tipperary
18–29 Sept: Clifden Arts Festival
19–22 Sept: Southdowns Folk Festival, Bognor Regis
20 Sept: Culture Night, Various towns in Ireland
20–22 Sept: Frank Harte Festival, Dublin
25–29 Sept: New Ross Piano Festival
26–28 Sept: Django Sur Lennon, Ramelton, Co. Donegal
26–29 Sept: Limerick Jazz Festival
27–29 Sept: Sligo Festival of Baroque Music

1–5 Oct: Ireland Music Week, Dublin
1–6 Oct: Tradition Now, Dublin
2–6 Oct: Galway Jazz Festival
2–6 Oct: London Piano Festival
2–6 Oct: The Irish Festival of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3–6 Oct: Cork Folk Festival
3–18 Oct: K-Music, London
4 Oct: Frank Maher Classical Music Awards, Dublin
4–6 Oct: Glenties Fiddlers Weekend, Co. Donegal
8 Oct: Music Week Tech Summit, London
8–28 Oct: Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
10–12 Oct: Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition
11–26 Oct: Oxford Lieder, Oxford
11–13 Oct: Kincora Trad Fest, Killaloe/Ballina
11–13 Oct: Seamus Grant Weekend, Donegal
11–13 Oct: Marsden Jazz Festival, Yorkshire
12–20 Oct: Donegal Chamber Music Festival
15 Oct–3 Nov: Belfast International Arts Festival
16 Oct: Gramophone Classical Music Awards, London
16 Oct: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Manchester
16–20 Oct: I.NY Festival, Limerick
16–20 Oct: Manchester Folk Festival
18–20 Oct: John Dwyer Trad Fest, Waterford
19 Oct: National Harp Day, Ireland
22 Oct–3 Nov: Wexford Festival Opera
23–27 Oct: Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford
23–27 Oct: City of Derry International Choir Festival
23–28 Oct: Westport Music and Arts Festival, Co. Mayo
23–29 Oct: The Return to Camden Town, London 
23 Oct–3 Nov: SoundFestival, Scotland
24 Oct: RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, Vicar Street, Dublin
24–28 Oct: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
25–28 Oct: Achill International Harp Festival, Achill, Co. Mayo
24–27 Oct: Creative Connexions Ireland, Sitges, Spain
30 Oct–3 Nov: Oireachtas na Samhna, Dublin
31 Oct–2 Nov:
Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris

1–2 Nov: Other Voices Cardigan, Wales
1–2 Nov: WAMFest, Western Australia
1–10 Nov: Sound of Belfast
2–3 Nov: DEEPMINIMALISM 2.0, London
6–9 Nov: Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík
6–26 Oct: Waltham Forest Cello Fest, London
7–11 Nov: Ennis Trad Fest
7–21 Nov: Geneva International Music Competition
8–10 Nov: From the Source Festival, Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
15–24 Nov: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
15–24 Nov: EFG London Jazz Festival
16 Nov: UnampliFire, St Mark’s Church, Dalston, London
21–24 Nov: Birmingham TradFest
22–24 Nov: Spilt Milk Festival, Sligo
22–24 Nov: Ardee Baroque Festival, Ardee, Co. Louth
22–24 Nov: Quiet Lights, Cork
26 Nov: TRNSMT Marks the Spot, Glasgow
28 Nov–1 Dec: Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival
29 Nov–1 Dec: The Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival, Dublin
29 Nov–1 Dec: Other Voices, Dingle
29 Nov–1 Dec: Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin, Muscraí, Co. Cork

3–13 Dec: ChamberFest Dublin
4 Dec: The Ivors Composer Awards (formerly the British Composer Awards), British Museum, London
7 Dec: MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Aberdeen Music Hall
7–15 Dec: London Contemporary Music Festival
11–12 Dec: Jazz Connective, Dublin
27 Dec–1 Jan: Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair 2019, Donegal
27 Dec–1 Jan: Woodford Folk Festival, Australia



11 Jan: Dublin Bowie Festival, Dublin
17–19 Jan: Music for Galway and Galway 2020 present: Midwinter Festival: Beethoven, Galway

6–9 February: Quarter Block Party, Cork
22–23 Feb: Right Here Right Now (traditional and folk music weekend), Cork Opera House
28 Feb–1 March: Ortús Chamber Music Festival 2020, Cork, Minane Bridge and Cobh
27 Feb1 March: 
New Music Dublin, National Concert Hall, Dublin
28 Feb–8 March: Hastings International Piano Festival, Hastings

4–8 March: Borealis, Bergen
5 March: RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Dublin
9–20 March: Sounds Like THIS, Leeds
12–15 March: Fingal International Festival of Voices
13–22 March: SXSW, Austin, Texas

2–5 April: Counterflows, Glasgow
14–18 April: Music Current, Dublin
16–19 April: Consairtín, Ennis
25 April–3 May: Cellissimo Festival, Galway

1–3 May: Long Play, Brooklyn
810 MayIt Takes a Village Festival, Trabolgan, East Cork
21–24 May: 
Knockengorroch Festival, Galloway, South West Scotland
22–24 May: Life Festival, Westmeath

5–7 June: Gospel Rising Music Festival, Dublin
13–14 June: Sunstroke – Alternative Rock Festival, Punchestown Racecourse

35 July: Féile Traidphicnic, Galway
17–19 July: Melt Festival, Germany
25 July–22 Aug: Dartington Music Summer School and Festival

13–15 August: Fairport Convention Cropredy, Oxfordshire
14–16 August: Wild Roots, Sligo

BBC Young Jazz Musician 


14–24 May: 12th Dublin International Piano Competition

8–18 Sept: The Leeds International Piano Competition

We regularly add to this calendar. If you have an event that you would like added, please email editor [at] To add a concert to our listings service, please see here.