by / July 31st, 2008 /

Showtime – August Bank Holiday Special


Haven’t got plans for the long weekend yet? You do know Monday is a Bank Holiday don’t you? Here is our guide to what is happening over the next four days. Don’t forget to check our listings page.


Castlepalooza – Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 2nd – 3rd August

What: A boutique music festival in a pleasant setting which holds a crowd of 1000. Two-day ticket including camping – €85.
Who: The Parlotones, Mystery Jets DJ’s, Fight Like Apes, RSAG, Laundry Shop, Dirty Epics, The Black Seeds, Kormac (live), Republic of Loose DJ set, The Flaws, and Robotnik.

Mantua Festival, Ballinagare, Co. Roscommon, 1st – 3rd August

What: The most eclectic line-up of the bunch with a mix of International and Irish artists, electronica, dubstep, reggae, ska and punk. Three days. Tickets €100 pre-paid, €120 on gate.
Who: Múm, Gravenhurst, BLK JKS, Ham Sandwich, Daedelus, Clark, Various Productions, Poets of Rhythm, Choice Cuts DJs, Adebisi Shank, Bats, Ten Past Seven, Super Extra Bonus Party.

lndie-pendence Festival, Mitchelstown Co. Cork, 1st – 3rd August

What: It is billed as Ireland’s only free independent music festival and takes place in New Square in Mitchelstown. FREE.
Who: Cathy Davey, The Kinetiks, We Should be Dead, Alphastates, Ham Sandwich, The Flaws, The Chapters, The Blizzards, Sweet Jane, Gemma Hayes, Dirty Epics New Amusement, Fight Like Apes, FRED, Giveamanakick.

The World Fleadh, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, 31st July – 4th August

What: Ireland’s biggest Irish and Celtic music festival. Various gigs, various prices.
Who: Sharon Shannon Band featuring Shane MacGowan, Damien Dempsey, Mundy and Dessie O’Halloran, Wolfe Tones, The Mighty Stef, Brian Kennedy.

Ballyshannon Folk Festival, Co. Donegal, 1st – 3rd August

What: Trad and Folk festival. Various gigs, various prices.
Who: Dervish, 4 men and a Dog, Eleanor McEvoy, The Dave Munnelly Band, Morga and More.

Le Ch̩ile, Oldcastle, Co. Meath 1st Р3rd August

What: Launched in 1998, as a not-for-profit festival by a group of young local volunteers, Le Chéile has hosted many of Ireland’s best known live music acts. Prices vary.
Who:Republic of Loose, Damien Dempsey, Cathy Davey, The Kinetiks The Blizzards, The Flaws, Robotnik, Cowboy X,

The Farmleigh Affair, Phoenix Park, Dublin, 3rd – 4th August

What: A free event of global music taking place in lush surroundings. Sold-out but a limited number will be released this morning 9am to give people a chance of getting in. Go here.
Who: Mornington Singers, Gráda, Carmen Souza, Motema, Mor Kabashi, Lo Cor De La Plana.

Spraoi Festival, Waterford City, 1st – 3rd August

What: It takes over city centre areas of Waterford for three days, transforming the streets and quays of the city into a giant stage for acts from all over the world. Spraoi is committed to the advancement of street arts, and the festival produces, premieres and showcases some of the best in the world.
Who: Cathy Davey, Fat 45s, Gorbachov, Saviours of Space, Deaf Animal Orchestra, The Lullabees, Ilya K, Latin Soundsystem.

Gigs – Friday – 1st August

SEBO K (Mobilee, Berlin), Crawdaddy, Dublin, €16.
The Mae Shi, The Limelight, Belfast, £8
Philth & Seki, Kennedy’s, Dublin – €10
Nicole Maguire, Cyprus Avenue, Cork – €8
SoundCheck, Spy, Dublin – FREE
Phantom First Friday: Future Kings of Spain, Laundry Shop, ALT, Dublin – €10
NightFlight: An Taobh Tuathail Live – Rarely Seen Above Ground, Alphamono, Steve Reynolds (Shock) , The Button Factory, Dublin – €10

Gigs – Saturday – 2nd August

The Irish Metal Battle of the Bands, Fibber Magees, Dublin
Fred & guests, Stables Music Venue, Mullingar
Vasco Junior, CrawDaddy, Dublin – €8
The Things, The Brothers Movement, More Tiny Giants, Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin – €10
Bonde Do Role, The Stiff Kitten, Belfast – €8
Pantha Du Prince, ALT, Dublin – €17.45

Gigs – Sunday – 3rd August

Bacardi B-Live: Bonde Do Role, Stereo MCs Pod complex – €20
Japanese Popstars, Cuba, Galway – €12
Jose Gonzalez, TF Royal Theatre, Sligo – €33.60 (!!!???)
Calvin Harris, DJ Set, Spy, Dublin – €12.50
East 17 – Dandelion Cafe Bar Club – €TBC

Gigs – Monday – 4th August

Jose Gonzalez, Savoy, Cork – €27
The Black Seeds, Whelans, Dublin – €16.50

  • Fleadh today, palooza tomorrow, Farmleigh maybe on Sunday, so many choices!

  • Suzanne

    Hi, just wondering why you have the Mitchelstown festival as free, it doesn’t look free on their website! Thanks 🙂

  • This is for 2008 Suzanne.