The summer is finally here and that means there are a whole host of brilliant gigs and shows to catch in Ireland this. There are a vast array of great things to see and do all year round in Ireland but summer is particularly jam-packed with great gigs, festivals and shows to see. To help you choose what to do and see, we’ve selected 10 great shows to see in Ireland this summer.
Riverdance at The Gaiety Theatre
Riverdance has been wowing audiences the world over for 22 years. Now it returns to Dublin for an extended run from 21 June until 3 September. Fusing Irish and international dance and music, Riverdance is a spectacular show that has left audiences the world over breathless and amazed. Now it’s coming home for another unmissable run in the beautiful surroundings of the Gaiety Theatre.
Real Bodies at The Ambassador Theatre
This highly original and thought-provoking exhibition of human anatomy has been extended until 31 August 2017 due to phenomenal public demand. Real Bodies in Dublin welcomed their 50,000th visitor to the exhibition in April 2017. Open daily at Dublin’s Ambassador Theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, this powerful exhibition explores life by displaying real, 14 perfectly preserved human bodies and more than 200 anatomical specimens. More than a simple display of human specimens, Real Bodies will connect audiences to a deeper sense of what it means to be alive.
Once The Musical at The Olympia Theatre
It has played for over three years on Broadway, two years in the West End and for two summers already in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Now, due to phenomenal demand, the record-breaking stage show Once returns to the Olympia for 8 weeks this summer. Described as ‘a love-song to Dublin’, the stunning music is performed by an extraordinary cast of actor-musicians, who sing, dance and play their hearts out live on stage. Between them, the 12 actors play 30 instruments during each performance, making Once a unique show that has the feel of a play and a music gig combined.
Celebrate 4th July with Kings Of Leon at the 3Arena
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with one of the biggest American bands of the last 15 years? Kings of Leon bring their Walls tour to the 3 Arena on 4 July, featuring a setlist of new material alongside their greatest hits, such as Four Kicks, Molly’s Chambers and the epic Sex on Fire. The band have had five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, all seven of their studio albums on Billboard’s Top 200 list and two singles that reached #1 on Modern Rock radio. In addition, they have had seven Grammy Nominations, four Grammy Award wins, three NME Awards, two Brit Awards and one Juno Award. Support comes from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
Trinity Concert Series
Dublin’s newest festival couldn’t ask for a better setting – the historic Trinity college will play host to a series of gigs between 6 and 11 July. And what a lineup they have in store for their first year. Grammy-award winner Gregory Porter kicks off the series with his unique brand of contemporary jazz before hometown hero James Vincent McMorrow brings his incredible voice and songwriting skill to the venue the following evening. Next up it’s the brilliant BellX1 before indie-rock legends Pixies return to Ireland for what is sure to be an amazing show. Next up it’s highly regarded Irish band Two Door Cinema Club before the Mercury Prize winners alt-J bring the festival to a close.
Walking On Cars- Royal Hospital Kilmainham
The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham is the perfect city venue. Situated near the Phoenix Park, the historic venue has hosted some amazing gigs in recent years, including Leonard Cohen, Beck and Paul Weller. This year, one of the most hotly tipped acts to come out of Ireland in recent years, Walking On Cars, will rock this very special venue on 24 June. The band’s debut album ‘Everything This Way’ went to Number 1 in the Irish charts and remained in the Top 10 for 31 weeks. Their remarkable songwriting has gained them fans at home and abroad and this is sure to be a very special show.
Longitude Marlay Park
This three-day city festival may only be a few years old but it has already become an important date on Dublin’s musical calendar. The festival always plays host to a diverse range of acts and the gorgeous surroundings of Marlay Park are the perfect setting for a festival with so much to explore and enjoy. This year sees some brilliant acts over the festival, which runs from 14 to 16 July. This year sees the likes of Stormzy, The Weekend, Mumford & Sons and Catfish and the Bottlemen take to the stage during this musical extravaganza.
Punchestown Music Festival
Relive the magic this summer as some legends come to play the Punchestown Music Festival on 29 and 30 July. Bonnie Tyler, Culture Club, Deacon Blue, Village People and the living legend that is Tom Jones will all be making appearances at the festival. Tom Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 76—the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame.
Phil Collins- Aviva Stadium
As part of his hugely anticipated comeback tour, Phil Collins will play a very special date in the magnificent Aviva Stadium on 25 June. This will be his first Irish concert in 12 years and gig-goers can expect a set-list packed full of his greatest hits. One of the most successful artists of his generation, with more UK top 40 singles than any other artist of the 1980s, Phil Collins came to prominence first as drummer and then as frontman of Genesis, making his solo debut with 1981’s album Face Value, containing smash hit single ‘In The Air Tonight’. He followed this with an extraordinary run as a prolific hit maker, with three UK Number ones as well as seven US Numbers ones.
Arcade Fire- Malahide Castle
Canada’s finest – Arcade Fire – return to Dublin once again for what is sure to be an incredible show. Their fabled gig at Electric Picnic is still hailed as one of the greatest shows they have ever played and the band have held Ireland in great affection ever since. Always inventive and with an epic sound that is just made for outdoor arenas, Arcade Fire never fail to impress. It’s sure to be a memorable evening at Malahide Castle on 14 June.