New Dublin Music Festival Set to Be A Sensation

A brand-new shining beacon of an Irish festival titled Love Sensation is coming to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18.

The event is a two-day music and arts festival aimed at the LGBT+ community and their many friends. Founded by the team behind popular night club Mother, various Irish and international headliners will top the bill across the weekend.

One major headliner at the festival’s inaugural year is acclaimed English singer-songwriter Lily Allen. Best known for hit singles ‘Smile’, ‘The Fear’, ‘Not Fair’, and ‘22’, she released her fourth album No Shame last year to positive reviews.

Taking to the stage also is American R&B singer Kelis (pictured). Famous for tracks like ‘Milkshake’, ‘Trick Me’, ‘Acapella’ and for featuring on Calvin Harris’ hit single ‘Bounce’, the singer-songwriter has been recognized at the Brit Awards, Q Awards, NME Awards and Grammy Awards ceremonies.

Another prominent headliner is American indie band Gossip, renowned for anthems ‘Standing in the Way of Control’ and ‘Heavy Cross’. Fronted by Beth Ditto, the group’s Love Sensation set will be the final date on their reunion tour to mark the 10th anniversary of their 2009 record Music for Men.

British dance pop trio Clean Bandit will also perform at Love Sensation. The group are best known for UK chart topping singles ‘Solo’ featuring Demi Lovato, ‘Symphony’ featuring Zara Larsson, ‘Rockabye’ featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie and ‘Rather Be’ featuring Jess Glynne. The latter earned the band a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Dance Recording.

Other musicians taking to the main stage include two-time Choice Music ‘Irish Song of the Year’ nominee Soule, Dublin electronic band Le Galaxie, rising Irish pop artist Miss Kate and Munster pop-funk outfit Toucan.

Panti Bliss – performer, writer and landlady of the iconic Pantibar – will host the main stage over the two days. Meanwhile, expect tons of surprises from The George stage, a Mother Dance Tent and a host of RuPaul Drag Queens brought to you by Dublin drag legends ‘Dragged Up’. The latter include Monet X Change, Naomi Smalls, Jujubee, Laganja Estranja and Sonique.

Speaking about the festival, Love Sensation promoter and founder of Mother, Cormac Cashman, said in a statement: “Love Sensation feels like a natural progression for us. We’ve wanted to run a music festival for years, something that caters to our community and focuses on inclusivity, fun, good music, good times and sound people. We’ve been lucky enough to have amazing success with our Pride Block Party (which just celebrated its 9th year last June) so 2019 feels right for us to grow even bigger and launch our very own music festival.”

The weekend will also see performances from Daithi, Elm, Prymary Colours and Raw Silk. On top of this, there will be DJ sets from the likes of Andy Butler of Hercules & Love Affair, Conor Behan, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Jenny Greene, Karen Reddy, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Sink the Pink DJs and Stephen Dowling.

Organisers of Love Sensation say the LGBT+ community, along with their many allies, should enjoy the weekend taking place in the heart of Dublin. They have also stated it will be the ‘most colourful festival Ireland will see this summer.’

For more information about Love Sensation’s line-up and stage times, visit the festival’s website at

Meanwhile, to book tickets for the festival, visit Day tickets cost from €65.70, whereas a weekend ticket costs from €116.25.

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