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Dublin, the Music Capital

By Visit Dublin

Music lovers visiting Dublin are consistently spoiled for choice when it comes to gigs, shows and festivals. Whether it’s a unique, intimate theatre or cavernous stadium, it’ll be full to the brim when the best in local and international music take to the stage. 2017 is business as usual, with some incredible acts coming to town. Who will you see during your next visit?

Dublin Music Capital 2017

Stadium / Arena
Dublin’s big venues will be kept busy with this lot! U2 and Coldplay are set to perform massive outdoor shows at Croke Park, while Phil Collins takes to the Aviva stage. Kings of Leon, Ennio Morricone, ZZ Top and Hall & Oates, meanwhile, are all due to play the 3Arena over the next few months.

The gorgeous grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham provide the setting for a series of fantastic shows this summer. You can catch US rockers Green Day, as well as outstanding Irish acts The Coronas and Walking on Cars.

Stormzy, Skepta and Leon Bridges are just three of the big names set to appear at annual Dublin music extravaganza Longitude. It takes place over three days (July 14-16) in the leafy green surrounds of Marlay Park, just outside the city.
Trinity Summer Series 
Trinity College’s inaugural Summer Series kicks off on July 6, running for a week. The college’s expansive city-centre grounds are the perfect setting for headliners that include Pixies and Alt-J, as well as renowned Irish artists James Vincent McMorrow and All Tvvins.

Unique Dublin Venues
Finally, a selection of eclectic artists will play in some very distinctive Dublin venues. Catch theatrical rock star Alice Cooper at the Olympia, and jazz man Tony Bennett in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Eric Bibb will perform in the refined surrounds of the National Concert Hall, while pop star Olly Murs is set to play an outdoor show in the gorgeous city-centre oasis that is the Iveagh Gardens.

And that’s just a taste of what to expect in Dublin; your music capital for 2017. But remember, even if you can’t make it along to any of that lot, there’s always live music to be found in the city. Here are some of our favourite Dublin venues, where you’re guaranteed an amazing night of Irish culture, banter and craic.