It's officially festival season, here's our pick of some of the best that May and June have to offer.
The days are getting longer and the weather is finally starting to heat up, that means festival season is right around the corner!
Make sure to dust off your wellies and air out your tent, and see what festivals May and June have to offer.
Kicking off the festival season is the biggest electronic camping music festival in Ireland. Life returns for their 2023 edition to Belvedere House Park & Gardens in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath from 26 – 28 May with line up that includes Carl Cox, Patrick Topping, Amelie Lens, Mall Grab, Skin on Skin, Belters Only, Obskür, I Hate Models, Yasmin Gardezi and more. Belvedere House Park & Gardens, Co Westmeath, 26 – 28 May 2023
Belfast’s Botanic Gardens play host to some of the biggest names in music this summer including Sugababes, Kip Moore and Olly Murs. Dance fan? Well don’t miss the Ulster Orchestra joined by guest DJs and live vocalists at The Classical. Botanic Gardens, Belfast, 26 May – 10 June 2023
The Rebel county hosts Live at the Marquee with top international and Irish stars including Bell X1, Aitch, Mimi Webb, The Waterboys, Christy Moore and more. The series also includes One Day, as a the name suggests a one day dance extravaganza. Docklands, Cork, 27 May – 24 June 2023
The 11th edition of the unique 2-day festival takes place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June. Acts include Central Cee, Rina Sawayama, Annie Mac, Eric Prydz, slowthai and many more. Not a camping fan? No problem, Forbidden Fruit takes place in the heart of Dublin on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham so you can get back to your own bed or a hotel each day. RHK, Dublin, 3 – 4 June 2023.
Centrally located in Belfast city centre, there’s something for all tastes at Belsonic, from Lionel Richie and Tom Jones, The Prodigy and David Guetta, Lizzo and Paolo Nutini and everything in between. Ormeau Park, Belfast 3 – 30 June 2023
One of the newer locations for summer shows, Fairview Park returns for it’s second year this June. Not far from Dublin’s City Centre, the northside haven will play host to Ben Howard, The Coronas, Dec Pierce’s Block Rockin Beats, The Kooks, Tom Grennan with Cian Ducrot and more. Fairview Park, Dublin, 15 – 30 June 2023
Ireland’s biggest beach party takes place from 16 – 18 June and boasts an impressive line up of Irish and international acts including Kasabian, Inhaler, Becky Hill, Moncrieff, The Coronas and Groove Armada to name a few. Looking for more than just music? Sea Sessions also includes a Surf Competition, Beach Sports, Skating, BMXing, Beach Yoga and loads more daytime activities taking place right on Bundoran Beach. Bundoran Beach, Donegal, 16 – 18 June 2023.
Following a hugely well-received sold-out first edition in 2022; Beyond the Pale Music & Arts Festival returns to the spectacular surrounds of Glendalough Estate from 16 – 18 June, with a line up that includes none other than the legend that is Grace Jones (her hula hooping alone should be reason to go). Other acts announced include Hot Chip, Thundercat, Jon Hopkins and Leftfield. The family friendly festival also features Cabaret, Comedy, Theatre, Art Installations, Wellness and Yoga. Glendalough Estate, Co Wicklow, 16 – 18 June 2023.
A place of learning for cultural icons such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Chris DeBurgh, this summer you can catch Interpol, Roisin Murphy, Texas, Kraftwerk and more from the historic surrounds of Trinity College. You can’t get a more central Dublin location than this. Trinity College Dublin, 26 June – 2 July 2023
Want to introduce your little ones to festivals? Look no further than Kaleidoscope. The three-day carnival of colour comes back to the historical grounds of Russborough House, Blessington, Co. Wicklow from 30 June – 2 July 2023. With Nile Rodgers & Chic, B*Witched, Gavin James, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and more. There’s plenty to hold their attention from Bubbles, robotics, creepy crawlies and even archeology workshops! Russborough House, Co Wicklow, 30 June – 2 July.
To find your perfect festival for summer 2023, try the Ticketmaster Festival Finder.