Dublin for Music Lovers
By Viator, August 2014
In Dublin’s Temple Bar district, O’Neill’s Bar, The Button Factory and The Quays are popular haunts, with traditional music on offer almost every night of the week, but there are other key areas known for their nightlife like South Great George’s Street or Wexford, home to the popular Whelan’s and The Village.
One of the most atmospheric ways to experience Dublin’s eclectic musical tastes is by hitting the streets, where a huge variety of buskers take to the ‘stage’ each day and night. Dublin’s street performers are so legendary that the city even holds the annual Street Performance World Championships and with strict rules on busking (musicians must have a repertoire of at least 20 songs and can’t monopolize one location), the streets of Dublin are an entertaining place to hang out. Grafton Street is one of the best locations for street musicians, where you can keep your eyes peeled for future stars – even Bono has taken the mic here.
Alternatively, time your visit for one of the city’s riotous festivals, like the Temple Bar Traditional Festival, Dublin’s biggest celebration of Irish Music and Culture or St Patrick’s Day, when a plethora of music events will be held at venues all over town. A number of dedicated music festivals are also held in the capital over spring and summer that celebrate Dublin’s music scene including the Guitar Festival of Ireland, the Camden Crawl, Phizzfest and the Dublin City Soul Festival. You can rest easy knowing you won’t run out of things to do in Dublin!
Contributed by Zoe Smith
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