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27 of the best gigs in Ireland this spring and summer

It’s shaping up to be quite a year for gigs in Ireland – with some of music’s most celebrated artists making their way to our shores over the coming months.

There really is something for everyone as we head into the warmer months – from the much-loved Take That hitting the road with new music, to The Boss’s four massive outdoor gigs, Taylor Swift’s epic Eras Tour coming to the Aviva and renowned live performers Coldplay taking to the stage at the iconic Croke Park.

Take a look at our picks of the best live shows coming up this spring and summer.

APRIL

Take That
22-23 April, 3Arena Dublin

Beloved 90s boyband Take That delighted fans when they announced brand new music and live shows last September. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald will be hitting the road in April to tour their ninth studio album, This Life, and will take to the stage at the 3Arena on 22 and 23 April. They will be joined by special guest Olly Murs.

Take That play 3Arena Dublin on 22-23 April

Olivia Rodrigo
30 April -1 May, 3Arena Dublin

US star Olivia Rodrigo is playing two dates at Dublin’s 3Arena, as part of her GUTS world tour on 30 April and 1 May. This is the three-time Grammy award-winning artist’s first arena tour and it follows her whirlwind rise as one of the biggest new names in pop with the massive success of her debut single Drivers License and her first album Sour.

Olivia Rodrigo plays 3Arena on 30 April and 1 May

MAY

Bruce Springsteen
9 May, Boucher Road Playing Fields Belfast
12 May, Nowlan Park Kilkenny
16 May, Páirc Uí Chaoimh Cork
19 May, Croke Park Dublin

This May, American rock legend Bruce Springsteen will play four huge stadium gigs in Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny and Belfast as part of his world tour. According to reports fans can expects a “rollicking, high-energy affair”. US music website Billboard said: “Gone are tour mainstays from the earlier leg, such as the funky The E Street Shuffle and the jazzy 7-minute Kitty’s Back, and six songs from Springsteen’s last album of original material, 2020’s Letter to You, replaced with tunes that make for a fast-paced, non-stop thrill ride of a show.”

Rock icon Bruce Springsteen playing four stadium gigs in Ireland this May

Girls Aloud
17-18 May, 3Arena Dublin
20-21 May SSE Arena Belfast

Noughties pop group Girls Aloud are reuniting for a 2024 arena tour in Ireland and the UK which kicks off in the 3Arena on Friday 17 May. Nadine Coyle, Cheryl, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh will also play the Dublin venue on Saturday 18 May before taking to the stage at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Monday 20 May 2024. Fans will be hoping to hear banging hits like Love Machine, Sound of the Underground and Something Kinda Ooooh.

Bryan Adams
21 May, 3Arena Dublin
22 May, SSE Arena Belfast

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, famed for his chart-topper Everything I Do, I Do It for You, is taking his So Happy It Hurts tour to Dublin’s 3Arena on 21 May and Belfast’s SSE Arena on 22 May.

Dionne Warwick
22- 23 May Vicar Street Dublin
May 26, Ulster Hall Belfast

Iconic American singer Dionne Warwick will play Dublin’s Vicar Street on 22 – 23 May and Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Sunday 26 May. The gigs will see 83-year-old Warwick guiding fans through her life story and six decade-long career, from her humble beginnings as a gospel singer in New Jersey to worldwide stardom. Warwick will be joined on stage by interviewer Dave Wooley who will speak to the singer about her life.

Dionne Warwick to guide fans through her life story

Van Morrison
May 26, Botanic Gardens Belfast
31 May, Live At The Marquee Cork
4 July, Iveagh Gardens Dublin

Van Morrison will perform three outdoor shows in Belfast, Cork and Dublin this summer. The 78-year-old Grammy Award winner will play Live At Botanic Gardens Belfast on Sunday 26 May, followed by Live At The Marquee in Cork on Friday, 31 May and the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Thursday, 4 July. The legendary Northern Irish singer-songwriter, who is widely considered one of the most influential artists of all time, will perform tracks from his latest albums Accentuate The Positive and Moving On Skiffle.

Van Morrison performing three outdoor gigs this summer

Rod Stewart
May 26, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin

Legendary British singer Rod Stewart will play Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Sunday 26 May. Following the success of recent sold-out shows in Dublin, Cork and Belfast, the singer is expected to expected to deliver a hit-filled set, so you can be sure to hear tracks such as You Wear It Well, Young Turks and Forever Young.


JUNE

Forbidden Fruit
1-2 June, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin

Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, known for her hits Promiscuous, Say it Right and Maneater, electronic music star Four Tet and Belfast duo Bicep are among the headliners for Forbidden Fruit Festival 2024. The Dublin city centre festival, which takes place on the June bank holiday weekend on the grounds of The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, is now in its twelfth year.

Nelly Furtado among the Forbidden Fruit headliners

Picture This
1 June, St Anne’s Park Dublin
8 June, Belsonic Belfast
15 June, Musgrave Park Cork

Irish pop rock band Picture This will play St Anne’s Park, Dublin on Saturday 1 June, Belsonic Belfast on 8 June and and Musgrave Park, Cork on Saturday 15 June, with support from Calum Scott. The four-piece, who hail from Athy in Co Kildare, have amassed over 450 million total streams, selling out stadiums including a five-night stand at Dublin’s 3Arena and headlining Electric Picnic’s Main Stage twice. Expect a huge sing-along to hits such as Take My Hand, One Drink and Everything or Nothing.

In The Meadows
8 June, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin

The inaugural In The Meadows one-day event comes from the people behind the All Together Now and Forbidden Fruit festivals. It takes place on Saturday 8 June in Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham and is headlined and co-curated by Irish rock band Lankum. Also performing will be Mogwai, Black Country, New Road, John Francis Flynn and This Is The Kit.

Lankum to headline and co-curate new one-day event In The Meadows

Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer
10 June, 3Arena Dublin

In a dream double bill for many rockers of a certain vintage, US bands The Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer are set to play the 3Arena in Dublin on 10 June. Chicago band Smashing Pumpkins last played Ireland in 2008 when they performed in the RDS as part of their 20th anniversary tour. The band, who play a mix of metal, goth, psychedelia and electronica, have scored huge hits in Ireland with Tonight, Tonight, 1979 and Bullet With Butterfly Wings.

The Killers
12, 14 and15 June, 3Arena Dublin

Celebrating two decades of making music with a new compilation album and tour, The Killers will play three dates at Dublin’s 3Arena on 12, 14 and 15 June. The band headlined Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois last September, while they also played gigs at Malahide Castle in 2022.

CMAT
13 June, Fairview Park, Dublin

Irish breakthrough act CMAT will play her biggest Irish gig yet when she takes to the stage at Fairview Park in Dublin on Thursday 13 June as part of her California or Bust tour. Expect crowd surfing, cowboy boots and a whole lot of fun.

CMAT to play Fairview Park Dublin on 13 June

Pink
20-21 June, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Pink is bringing her Summer Carnival world tour to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June. If you haven’t been to a Pink gig before, you are in for a treat. It will be a hit-packed, high-energy, carnival-party, featuring breath-taking aerial acrobatics, pumping dance routines and vibrant costume changes. There will be support from Rag N’ Bone Man, Gayle and Kidcutup.

Take That
20 June, Virgin Media Park Cork
21 June, Malahide Castle Dublin
22 June, Ormeau Park Belfast

Take That are returning to Ireland for another series of Irish gigs in June. They will play Virgin Media Park Cork on 20 June, Malahide Castle Dublin on 21 June and Ormeau Park Belfast on 22 June.

Taylor Swift
28-30 June, Aviva Stadium Dublin

Are these the hottest tickets in town this year?! TayTay is bringing her epic Eras Tour to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for three back-to-back shows from Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June. These are sure to be gigs to remember for those lucky enough to secure tickets.

Taylor Swift bringing her Eras Tour to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium

JULY

Sugababes
5 July, Iveagh Gardens Dublin

After their at incredible performance at All Together Now last summer, Sugababes will be back in Ireland to perform at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on 5 July. With a back-catalogue jammed full of hits like Overload, Freak Like Me, Round Round and Push the Button, this is sure to be next level.

Hozier
5 July, Marlay Park Dublin

Beloved Bray musician Hozier will play his biggest ever Irish show at Dublin’s Marlay Park on Friday 5 July as part of his summer outdoor tour. Joining him as special guests are Brittany Howard and Lord Huron.

Hozier to play Marlay Park Dublin on 5 July

Kneecap
18 July, Festival Big Top, Galway

Belfast rap trio Kneecap have taken the world by storm in 2024 since their award-winning turn at Sundance Film Festival in January with their autobiographical self-titled feature. This headlining gig at Galway’s Festival Big Top is a golden chance to see Móglaí Bap, Mo Chara, and DJ Provaí, bring their electrifying energy to a live audience.

Kneecap to play Festival Big Top in Galway on 18 July

AUGUST

All Together Now
1 – 4 August, Curraghmore Estate Waterford

The National, Jorja Smith, Roisín Murphy, Future Islands, Bakar, and Barry Can’t Swim are among the headliners for the All Together Now festival at Curraghmore Estate, Waterford on the bank holiday weekend of 1 to 4 August. With 18 stages of music, spoken word, storytelling, comedy, wellness and food, it gearing up to be a fun-filled weekend.

Electric Picnic Festival
16 – 18 August, Stradbally Hall Laois

Electric Picnic Festival is set to move from its traditional September slot to a new August weekend for the first time this year. EP 2024 will take place from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August. Information on the line-up for the three-day festival has yet to be released.

AC/DC
17 August, Croke Park Dublin

Rock icons AC/DC, who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, will conclude their European tour in Dublin’s Croke Park on Saturday 17 August. The band last played Ireland in 2015 with a sold-out show in the Aviva Stadium.

AC/DC to play Croke Park on 17 August

Niall Horan
23 – 24 August, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin

Niall Horan will play Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 23 and 24 August. The Show – Live On Tour 2024 is the former One Directioner’s biggest tour yet and first headline run since 2018’s Flicker World Tour. He’ll be performing songs from all three of his solo albums, including recent No.1 album The Show.

Blink-182
26 August, SSE Arena Belfast
27 August, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin

Californian rockers Blink-182, who had to cancel their Irish dates last year, are now set to play Belfast’s SSE Arena on 26 August and Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 27 August as part of their their One More Time tour.

Niall Horan for Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 23 and 24 August

Pixies
27 August, Galway Airport
28 August, CHSq Belfast
29 August, RDS Dublin

American alternative rock band Pixies will play the Galway Summer Sessions, Galway Airport on Tuesday 27 August, CHSq Belfast on Wednesday 28 August and RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin on Thursday 29 August.

Coldplay
29 August – 2 September, Croke Park Dublin

Renowned live performers Coldplay will bring their Music of the Spheres World Tour to Dublin’s Croke Park on Thursday 29 August and Friday 30 August. The band last played Croke Park in a celebrated show in the summer of 2017. If you missed tickets when they first went on sale, Coldplay often announce more tickets called ‘Infinity tickets’ closer to their gigs and are usually offered at a lower price point to make the show more affordable for fans – so keep your eyes peeled!

Coldplay to perform at Croke Park on 29 and 30 August

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