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The Irish Museum of Modern Arts, formerly Kilmainham Hospital is the perfect location for Dublin's only multi-staged music festival. The festival aims to bring together music, art and fashion with the result of an alternative, hipster vibe to the event.

This year the lineup includes Bombay Bicycle, The Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts, Yo La Tengo, Spank Rock , Richter Collective, Cast of Cheers, Bats, Enemies, Squarehead and more.



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5. Galway Arts Festival, Galway City - July 11th-24th

This Galway City-centric festival is a spectacle of dance, visual arts and performers. It is the largest and most prestigious arts festival in Ireland and it brings together writers, artists, performers and musicians from all over the world.

Every year at least 100,000 flock to the small city for two weeks of fabulous events. So far just some highlight performances that have been announced include Blondie, Bell X1, De La Soul with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and many more.

6. Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival, County Offaly, July 29-31st

Located in Charleville castle, County Offaly this annual boutique celebration is the perfect example of how to get a small festival right. Organizers book mainly home grown talent and the annual summer event is fast developing a reputation as one of the best in the country. For two years running it has been nominated as “Best Small Festival in the European Festival Awards”

The festival is also environmentally friendly and supports local economy with the majority of the food and drink sold at the event being locally produced.

7. Cois Fharraige Surf & Music, County Clare, September 9th-11th

The three day festival combines surf and music and take place in the seaside town of Kilkee in County Clare. The event features live music from Irish and foreign bands and offers competitions and classes for surf enthusiasts.

When the sun shines, this is one Irish festival that should not be missed.

8. Slane, County Meath, Saturday 28th of May

Three decades after the first Slane festival was held, Slane Castle continues to be one of the most popular Irish festivals around.  Kings of Leon will headline the 2011 Slane Castle concert on Saturday 28th of May, which will also be the year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of outdoor concerts  at the Castle.