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JANUARY
29 December 2020–Summer 2021: Temple Bar TradFest, Online
8–12 Jan: APAP, New York
10–17 Jan: Dublin Bowie Festival, Dublin
13–16 Jan: Eurosonic Noorderslag, Groningen
15 Jan–2 Feb: Celtic Connections, Glasgow
16–20 Jan: Shannonside Winter Music Festival
22–24 Jan: Music for Galway Midwinter Festival, Galway
25 29 Jan: The Irish Times Winter Nights Festival, Online

FEBRUARY
5 February–19 March: Imbolc International Music Festival, Online
6–7 Feb: Féile na Tána, Carlingford, Co. Louth

MARCH
314 March: Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival
4 March: RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Dublin
5–7 March: Ennis Bookclub Festival, Ennis
5–8 March: Finding a Voice, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
10–12 March: Association of British Orchestras Annual Conference
11–14 March: Fingal International Festival of Voices
15 March: Grammy Awards
16–20 March: SXSW, Austin, Texas
17–21 March: Borealis, Bergen
18–25 March: Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee
20–21 March, Limerick Early Music Festival
2528 March: Walled City Music Festival,
Online
25–31 March: Cellissimo Festival, Galway
27–28 March: 
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, Online
25 March–5 April: Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Berlin

APRIL 
1–30 April: 
Counterflows, Glasgow
23 April: Mozart Festival at Triskel, Online

16–18 April: Baltimore Irish Trad Fest, USA
7–10 April: Cruinniú na bhFlúit, Online
8–11 April: Consairtín, Ennis, Co. Clare
14–18 April: We Sing For the Future, Louth Contemporary Music Society
15–23 April: MusicTown, Dublin
19 April–2 May: RIAM ChamberFest Dublin 2021, Online

21–25 April: Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Online
2223 April: Worldwide Music Conference, Online
23–25 April: Eye on the Edge, Galway 2020 Online
23–26 April: New Music Dublin, National Concert Hall, Dublin
28 April–2 May: Cork International Choral Festival
30 April–3 May: Féile Chois Cuain, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
30 April–3 May: Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Online

MAY
13 May: Sligo International Chamber Music Festival, Online

7–9 May:
Rolling Loud, Miami
12–15 May:
The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
13–16 May: Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Cork
14–30 May: Norfolk & Norwich Festival
1417 May: Féile Róise Rua, Arranmore
14 May12 June: Dresden Music Festival, Dresden
11 May: The BRIT Awards
18–30 May: Dublin Dance Festival
20 May–14 June: West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival
20–30 May: International Literature Festival
20 May–29 Aug: Glyndebourne Festival
21–23 May: Galway Early Music Festival
22–23 May: Marvellous Island, Plage de Vaires-Torcy, Paris
26 May–9 June: Bergen International Festival
27–30 May: Orkney Folk Festival
28 May: UK Garage Fest
28 May–25 July: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, Co. Cork

JUNE
1 June–3 Aug: 
Longborough Festival OperaGloucestershire
2–4 June:
Primavera Pro, Barcelona
4–6 June: Killaloe Music Festival

4–13 June: Carlow Arts Festival
5 June: Roots Picnic, Philadelphia
5 June–4 August: Waltham Forest Cello Fest, London
10–14 June: Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
11–13 June:
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Co. Mayo
11–13 June: Waterford International Organ Festival 
1120 June: Leipzig Bachfest, Germany
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1–13 June: Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas, Carlow
11–20 June: The Grand Stretch, Ireland
12 June: Cruinniú na nÓg, Online

12–19 June:
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
14–27 June:
Cork Midsummer Festival
16–20 June: Pipeworks Festival: Pipeworks from the Organ Loft 2.0
17–20 June: Spannungen Festival, Germany

17–21 June: Dublin International Chamber Music Festival (formerly Great Music in Irish Houses)

25–27 June:
Black Deer Festival, Kent

19–20 June: Tradition Now, Dublin
21 June–1 July:
Blas – International Summer School of Irish Traditonal Music and Dance, Limerick
23–27 June: North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2021
24–27 June: NYAH Comhaltas presents Tradflix, Cavan
25 June–3 July: Festival International de Jazz, Montreal
27 June–2 July: An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Harp Festival, Online
28 June–9 July: Irish Composition Summer School, Dublin

JULY
1–7 July: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales
1–18 July: Manchester International Festival
2–4 July: 
Traidphicnic, An Spidéal, Co. Galway

2–11 July: Cheltenham Music Festival
3–11 July: 
Cairde Sligo Arts Festival
3–11 July: Clonmel Junction Festival
4–10 July: Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
4–25 July: Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
5–7 July: Gooikoorts International Folk Festival, Belgium
6–7 July: Audio Shoot – International Music Video and Film Festival, Murphy’s Barn, Wexford
8–11 July: Kinsale Arts Weekend, Online
9–16 July: West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Cork
12–14 July: Creepy Teepee, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
12–14 July: Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, Driffield, Yorkshire
13–17 July: 
Ceol na Coille School of Irish Traditional Music, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
14–20 July: South Sligo Summer School, Tubercurry, Co. Sligo
14–20 July: Catskills Irish Arts Week
14 July–15 Aug: 
Halifax Jazz Festival, Canada
1525 July: PODIUM Esslingen, Germany
17 July31 August: Salzburg Festival, Germany
18–23 July: Mad Week: Music and Dance Week, Bethesda, Maryland

19 July–1 Sept: Riga Jurmala Music Festival, Latvia
20–27 July: Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
20–25 July: Galway Film Fleadh
20–25 July: Sligo Jazz
2225 July: Somerset Folk Harp Festival, Online 
25–28 July: Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
25–28 July: WOMAD, Charlton Park, Wiltshire
25–29 July: Scoil na gCláirseach – Festival of Early Irish Harp (Online), Kilkenny
25–31 July: Scoil Acla
25 July–22 August: 
Dartington Music Summer School and Festival
25 July25 August: Bayreuth Festival, Germany
26–28 July:
Great Irish Arts Week, Frankfort, New York
27 July–3 Aug: Belfast TradFest
27 July: Folk on the Tyne, Sage Gateshead
30 July–1 August: Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, Waterford
30 July–1 August: All Together Now, Curraghmore, Waterford
30 July–11 Sept: BBC Proms
30 July–8 Aug: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon
30 July–6 Aug: 
Sidmouth Folk Festival, Devon, England
31 July–18 Aug: Boyne Music Festival, Townley Hall, Drogheda

AUGUST 
1–4 Aug:
Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago
1–4 Aug: Cambridge Folk Festival
221 August: Tread Softly, Sligo
4–8 Aug: Dublin Irish Festival, Ohio
5–9 Aug: Feakle Festival
5–15 Aug: 
Kilkenny Arts Festival
6–30 Aug: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

7–29 Aug: Edinburgh International Festival
9–11 Aug: Flow Festival, Helsinki 
9–13 Aug: Summer Sing!, Cork
12–15 Aug: Chamber Music on Valentia, Co. Kerry
12–31 Aug: Open House Festival, Bangor
13–15 Aug: Wild Roots, Sligo
13–16 Aug: Milwaukee Irish Fest, Wisconsin
14–15 Aug: Yurt City, Tullamore
12–14 Aug: Stendhal Festival, Limavady
19–22 Aug: Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
18–21 Aug: Clandeboye Festival, Bangor
20 Aug10 Sept: Beethovenfest Bonn, Germany
20–22 Aug: Birr Festival of Music 
20–22 Aug: Dublin HandelFest 
20–22 Aug: Another Love Story presents: Love is a Stranger, Killyon Manor, Meath
26–29 Aug: Shambala, Northamptonshire
27–30 Aug: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
28–30 Aug:
Cornwall Folk Festival
28 Aug–18 Sept: Galway International Arts Festival 
28 Aug–28 Sept: Musikfest Berlin
30 Aug–1 Sept: Glenarm Festival of Voice, Co. Antrim

SEPTEMBER
1–5 Sept: Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Lismore, Co. Waterford
3 Sept: Wide Awake, London
3–5 Sept: Sundown, Norfolk Showground, Norwich
3–5 Sept: Mosely Folk and Arts Festival, Mosely Park, Birmingham

3–5 Sept: Ortús Chamber Music Festival 2021, Cork
4–5 September: SlamDunk Festival, Leeds/Hertfordshire
4–5 Sept: Claremorris Folk Festival, Co. Mayo

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
8–22 Sept: Tsinandali Festival, Georgia
8–12 Sept: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht
9–12 Sept: Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork
9–12 Sept: Music in Monkstown, Dublin
10–12 Sept: Westport Festival of Chamber Music, Westport, Co. Mayo
10–19 Sept: Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, Cork
11–26 Sept: Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin 
13 Sept: MTV VMAs

14 Sept: Music Week Awards, London
15–23 Sept: Clifden Arts Festival

16–19 Sept: Isle of Wight Festival
16–19 Sept: 
Southdowns Folk Festival, Bognor Regis

17 Sept: Culture Night, Nationwide 
17–19 Sept: It Takes a Village, Cork 
18–19 Sept: Doolin Folk Festival, Clare
18 Sept: Knockengorroch Festival, Galloway, South West Scotland
20–26 Sept: Limerick Jazz Festival
22–25 Sept: Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
23–26 Sept: New Ross Piano Festival
23–26 Sept: Light Moves, Limerick/Clare
24–26 Sept:
Sligo Festival of Baroque Music
24–26 Sept: Féile John Dwyer, Waterford
29 Sept–17 Nov: Masters of Tradition, West Cork 
29 Sep–3 Oct: Cork Folk Festival 
30 Sep–2 Oct: hÉigse Michael Hartnett, Limerick
30 Sept–17 Oct: Dublin Theatre Festival  

OCTOBER 
1–3 Oct: Derby Folk Festival
1–3 Oct:
 Liverpool Sound City
5–8 Oct:
Ireland Music Week, Dublin
4–17 Oct:Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway
7–10 Oct: East Cork Early Music Festival
8–10 Oct: Marsden Jazz Festival, Yorkshire
8–10 Oct: 
London Piano Festival

8–23 Oct: Oxford Lieder, Oxford
15–26 Oct: Glen to Glen Piping Festival, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
15–24 Oct: Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford
15 Oct–3 Nov: Belfast International Arts Festival 
16 Oct: Lá na Cruite / Harp Day 
16 Oct: Live at Leeds
19–31 Oct:Wexford Festival Opera
20–31 Oct: Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
20–24 Oct: City of Derry International Choir Festival 
21–23 Oct: Manchester Folk Festival
22–24 October: Musikmesse, Frankfurt
22–25 Oct: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
23–28 Oct: Westport Music and Arts Festival, Co. Mayo
23–29 Oct: The Return to Camden Town, London 
2331 Oct: Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival, Tipperary
23 Oct–3 Nov: SoundFestival, Scotland
24 Oct: RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, Vicar Street, Dublin
22–24 Oct: Achill International Harp Festival, Achill, Co. Mayo
24–27 Oct: Creative Connexions Ireland, Sitges, Spain
26–31 Oct: Dublin Digital Radio presents: Alternating Current
27–31 Oct: Womex, Porto, Portugal
29 Oct: Frank Maher Classical Music Awards, Dublin
30 Oct–3 Nov: Oireachtas na Samhna, Dublin
31 Oct–2 Nov: Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris

NOVEMBER
1–2 Nov: WAMFest, Western Australia
1–10 Nov: Sound of Belfast
2–3 Nov: DEEPMINIMALISM 2.0, London
414 Nov: Cork International Film Festival
6–9 Nov: Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík
7–21 Nov: Geneva International Music Competition
8–10 Nov: From the Source Festival, Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
8–15 Nov: Dublin Book Festival 
11–15 Nov: Ennis Trad Fest
15–24 Nov:
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
12–21 Nov: EFG London Jazz Festival
16 Nov: UnampliFire, St Mark’s Church, Dalston, London
18–21 Nov: Spilt Milk Festival, Sligo 
18–21 Nov: William Kennedy Piping Festival, Armagh
18–21 Nov: Quiet Lights, Cork
21–24 Nov: 
Birmingham TradFest
22–24 Nov: Ardee Baroque Festival, Ardee, Co. Louth
26 Nov: TRNSMT Marks the Spot, Glasgow 
25–28 Nov: Other Voices 2021 - Fiche Bliain Ag Fás, Dingle
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
BBC Young Jazz Musician, dates tbc
Golden Classical Music Awards, New York, dates tbc

DECEMBER
Winterval Waterford, dates tbc
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

2022

JANUARY
Banjo and Bovril Festival, Bray

FEBRUARY
Liverpool Philharmonic – Music Industry Careers Day, Liverpool
Quarter Block Party, Cork
Spike – Dublin Alternative Cello Festival
Concertina Cruinniú, Miltown Malbay Co. Clare
Right Here Right Now (traditional and folk music weekend), Cork Opera House
Gradam Ceoil TG4, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

MARCH
1926 March: Tomorrowland Winter, France
Manchester Irish Festival
Corofin Traditional Festival
Wales’ Interceltic Festival
BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
Sounds Like THIS
Durango Celtic Festival
Steinway Two Pianos Festival
Kilkenny Tradfest
Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
Limerick Early Music Festival 

APRIL
Music Current, Dublin
Clifden Trad Fest, Co. Galway
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California
National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia
The Harrogate International Youth Festival of Music & Performing Arts
Textures Festival
Brighton Music Conference
Live Collision International Festival, Dublin
Sónar Reykjavik
Leeds Lieder Festival
Something in the Water, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Drogheda Arts Festival
Fair Play Festival, Manchester
Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival

MAY
Long Play, Brooklyn, New York 
Bealtaine, Online
Shetland Folk Festival
City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

37d03d Festival
, Brooklyn, New York
Bray Jazz Festival

Sligo International Chamber Music Festival

Fleadh na gCuach

Féile Joe Éinniú
Kilkenny Roots Festival

It Takes a Village Festival
, Cork
Gospel Rising Music Festival

Doncaster Folk Festival

Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe – Tulla Traditional Music Festival, Co. Clare
World Fiddle Day
, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry
Glyndebourne Festival
Fleadh Nua, Ennis. Co. Clare
Life Festival

East Durham Irish Festival
, New York
Mountshannon Arts Festival
, Co. Clare
Vantastival
, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Doonbeg International Jazz Festival, Co. Clare

JUNE
10–12 June: Tempelhof Sounds, Berlin
Glastonbury Festival
Gospel Rising Music Festival, Dublin
Limerick Sings, International Choral Festival, Limerick
Dalkey Book Festival
Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival
Knocklane Festival, Co. Sligo
Craiceann: Bodhrán Summer School
Hinterland, Kells, Co. Meath
Kaleidoscope, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
Forbidden Fruit Festival, Dublin
Belsonic, Belfast
Hastings International Piano Festival, Hastings
Pen-Marr Irish Festival, Pennsylvania

JULY
Longitude, Dublin

 

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