This year, it must be said that July is a great month for concerts and gigs in Dublin. With so much choice and so many big names playing here, it will be difficult to choose who to see.
The music kicks off on a high, with AC/DC playing at the Aviva Stadium July 1. Fans have been waiting a very long time for them to return to Ireland.
On July 2, Paloma Faith performs in the intimate setting of the Iveagh Gardens. The Iveagh Gardens is one of my favourite venues for gigs, turning performances into experiences. I always try to grab myself a ticket when an artist plays here.
July 3 and 4 are busy days for gigs and concerts. On July 3 and 5, Neil Diamond will perform at the 3Arena (formerly known as The O2, formerly known as The Point Depot). Initially he was only confirmed for July 3, but unsurprisingly as a result of the first date selling out so quickly, July 5 was added to the itinerary.
Also playing on July 3, this time at Marlay Park will be Avicii, supported by Rudimental. Fans of electronic and dance music probably bought their tickets for this concert months ago. Last year’s performance by Rudimental was seen by many as one of the most popular at Longitude, and this year’s performance will undoubtedly be equally popular with the audience.
On July 4, there will be two great events. Paolo Nutini is playing at Marlay Park, supported by Imelda May, Alabama Shakes and Gaz Coombes. Meanwhile, The Frames will be playing at the Iveagh Gardens, supported by Booka Brass.
On July 8 it is the turn of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, who as part of their European tour are playing a date at the 3Arena.
On July 9 and 10 Chic feat Nile Rodgers will be playing two shows: the first at the Iveagh Gardens and the second at Live at the Marquee in Cork.
On July 10 and 11 Fleetwood Mac will be treating fans to two more dates at the 3Arena: they already played one concert there on June 20. As this band is such a legend in its own right, there is no need for support – and there won’t be any.
On July 12 Damien Rice will be playing the Iveagh Gardens. This is actually a trifecta of performances from the artist: he will also be playing at Live at the Marquee on July 13 and at the Galway International Arts Festival Big Top on July 16. As always, expect a great performance from this musician.
Longitude Festival in Dublin July 2015
July 17, 18 and 19 will be taken up by the Longitude Festival at Marlay Park. This is the third year of Longitude, and long may it continue. This year’s headliners are Hozier, Alt-J and The Chemical Brothers, so there will be an interesting mix of established and new acts. Enjoy!
July 24 and 25 are another two very busy days in the music calendar. Ed Sheeran is playing two dates at Croke Park, supported on July 24 by Bell X1 and Gavin James and on July 25 by Bell X1 and Jamie Lawson.
Meanwhile, the always excellent KnockanStockan Festival (which from very humble beginnings just keeps getting bigger each year) will also be taking place at Blessington Lakes on July 24 and July 25.
Finally, on July 28 John Prine will be playing Vicar Street.
So many great acts, so little time! You should try to see as many as possible. You may not get the chance again for at least another year, possibly longer. Get your ticket now, if you can.
Map of Dublin Venues for July 2015
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