Today we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 exciting Irish dance music festivals that are due to take place this year (in no particular order). This will vary from festivals all across the country that are all camping festivals (some of which include day passes) that place emphasis on dance music when curating their line-ups.
The following list will contain 10 Irish festivals to look out for this year that will undoubtedly host some of the finest international and domestic dance music acts that are on offer. This list will include a range of festivals that are known for their outstanding line-up curation amongst other things like the overall experience and stories that are linked to the festivals themselves.
Kicking off our list is one of the joint youngest festivals of the 10 and that is Otherside Festival. Debuting last year at Rock Farm in Slane, County Meath. The festival’s first-ever lineup opted for a strong selection of local artists fused with some reputable international names that include Lane 8, DJ Seinfeld, Krystle Klear, Cinthie, George Feely, Long Island Sound, Chris Stussy, Oden & Fatzo, I. Jordan, Rossi, and many more across the weekend.
This year’s first line-up announcement features Kolsch, Maya Jane Coles, and La La in terms of electronic music offerings. As well as CMAT who’ll be performing a festival exclusive set, as well as Bombay Cycle Club and SBTRKT with many more to be announced for this year’s iteration.
Tickets for Otherside Festival 2023 can be purchased here.
What type of list would this be if Life Festival wasn’t included? Life Festival firmly holds its place as the country’s largest festival which is primarily dedicated to electronic dance music. This comes as no surprise since the festival has welcomed many of the leading names in dance music since its inception. Looking to continue that trend, they have announced a really impressive string of acts for this year’s showcase that includes Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Mall Grab, Skin On Skin, I Hate Models, Clara Cuve, and so on. Asserting their stance as one of the most exciting events on offer this year.
Tickets for Life Festival 2023 can be purchased here.
Body & Soul
Body & Soul joins this list by means of not only hosting some fascinating artists and lineups over the years but also succeeding at bringing its community and goals regarding sustainability to the festival’s core in recent years. Unlike most other festivals, Body & Soul provides you with a really unique experience that is difficult to come by nowadays and should certainly be cherished.
Tickets for Body & Soul can be purchased here.
All Together Now
All Together Now claims its spot on this list as a testament to the amazing lineups that the festival has curated year in and year out since it first started in 2018. This, coupled with the terrific feedback it has received from festival-goers has now seen it firmly entrenched in people’s summer plans as an unmissable weekend filled with tremendous music from start to finish.
This edition of ATN’s electronic music offering welcomes Jamie xx, Caribou, Overmono, and Daniel Avery to Curraghmore Estate in County Waterford with more to be announced.
Tickets for All Together Now 2023 can be purchased here.
Beyond The Pale
Beyond The Pale returns this year after a momentous first edition where the festival welcomed Orbital, Four Tet, Bonobo, HAAi, Leon Vynehall, Ben UFO, John Talabot, Sama Abdulhadi, and many more to the Glendalough Estate in Wicklow. Where they provided an amazing showcase of musical talent, art, and food across the full weekend.
This year’s lineup includes a stellar amount of acts already. Some of these include Hot Chip, Leftfield, Jon Hopkins, Maribou State, DJ Seinfeld, Joy Orbison, Mano Le Tough, Marie Davidson, Soichi Terada, Sofia Kourtesis, and many more which will surely make for a contender for the festival of the summer as it includes a diverse range of stellar acts from all across the globe.
Tickets for Beyond The Pale 2023 can be purchased here.
Electric Picnic’s return after the brunt of the pandemic was a welcome one as it is the country’s biggest festival that we have to offer. 2022 saw the likes of Annie Mac, Anfisa Letyago, Blk., Helena Hauff, Kettama, Jeff Mills, Mall Grab, Rebuke, VTSS and so many more perform in Stradbally and is typically associated with the end of the summer festival season.
Jamie xx and Fred Again have been announced so far this year in terms of electronic offerings alongside Billy Eilish, Niall Horan, Lewis Capaldi, The Killers, and so on with a great deal more artists to be announced over the coming months. Despite the full lineup not being released, tickets for EP 2023 are currently sold out. This is a testament to the festival-goer’s loyalty and admiration for the unique experience Electric Picnic has to offer.
Sea Sessions makes its way onto this list as one of the festivals with one of the most idyllic and gorgeous festival settings in comparison to the rest of the entries on this list. Located on Bundoran Beach in Donegal the event prides itself as a surf and music festival, who’s welcomed the likes of Ejeca, Basement Jaxx, Yasmin Gardezi, Chloe Robinson, Dart, and more to previous iterations in the past. No doubt that this year will broadcast a whole host of Irish and international talent.
Tickets for Sea Sessions 2023 can be purchased here.
Open Ear Festival
Although Open Ear may not be returning to Sherkin Island in Cork this year and will be hosting their festival in a new location, it can be said that this announcement can only add to the excitement of the overall event. Since this means there will now be a new location and lineup of immensely talented Irish artists yet to be announced somewhere in Ireland with the Open Ear team behind the planning of it all. Sounds quite interesting if you are a fan of intriguing, authentic and adventurous festival setups!
Tickets for Open Ear Festival 2023 are not on sale yet. You can stay up to date with them here.
Another Love Story
Another Love Story takes place in Killyon Manor, County Meath from August 18th to August 20th this year. The festival itself prides itself on intentionally focusing on a smaller scale event (as far as festivals go), while they maintain a deep focus on attention to detail for its attendees. Last years edition welcomed Cáit, R.Kitt, Dreamcycles, Session Victim, Kenny Hanlon, Neil Flynn, Luke Una and more to perform across the weekend.
Tickets for Another Love Story 2023 can be purchased here.
Fuinneamh Festival completes this list of this year’s most exciting Irish dance music festivals. The 2-day festival which takes place in Bellurgan Park in Dundalk is home to one of the few independent music, culture, and arts festivals that are still on offer in 2023 in Ireland.
Fuinneamh has built a strong sense of community amongst its attendees and this is clearly reflected in its strong local lineup too. DJ Heartstring, SPFDJ, and LSDXOXO are set to perform at this year’s edition with more announcements soon to follow.
Tickets for Fuinneamh Festival 2023 can be purchased here.