There's nothing quite like music festivals. Seeing your favorite artists live for days on end, spending time with friends and other fans, and ultimately, experiencing the music that everyone has come to enjoy. With COVID-19, festivals have been few and far between. Here in Ireland, restrictions are starting to lift, and that means that some of the best music festivals are finally coming back.
Life Festival is not as expansive as other electronic music festivals, but it is famous around Ireland for its incredibly unique atmosphere and setlists. From May 27 to the 29th, this three day festival takes place in County Westmeath at Belvedere House and Gardens, a vast estate with fields perfect for Life's unique activities and performers.
Life Festival is the perfect event to go to if you want a mixture of genres, it features everything from house to psytrance to even ambient. Life also features art installations, tents for yoga and reiki, and a variety of other entertainers.Life Festival 2022 will be the perfect spring event, as COVID-19 slowly fades and all of the performers are coming back.
As mentioned, Life's lineup is diverse, bringing in artists from all over the world. Heading the festival is esteemed Russian producer and DJ Nina Kraviz, known for her hard-hitting tracks and collaborations with massive names in the electronic scene. Also attending are Sonny Fodera, The Blessed Madonna, and many more. The food is well renowned as well, featuring dishes and treats from all over the globe. It cannot be overstated just how unique the atmosphere at Life Festival is, it is a must visit for all Irish music fans. For more info about Life Festival, visit their website: https://www.life-festival.com
The AVA Festival starts the fun first, from June 3-4 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. AVA is one of the premier electronic festivals not just in Ireland, but in all of the British Isles and maybe even Europe. AVA Festival has small homegrown roots, starting as a small techno meetup in the many warehouses of Belfast.
But word would start to spread about the music and the lights coming from the shipbuilding district, and popular musicians started showing up. AVA grew and grew, becoming one of the best electronic music festivals of the year.AVA Festival 2022 is no different. This year's lineup is filled with some of the greatest producers and DJs in Europe and beyond. Heading the festival is well known electronic duo Bicep. The group is from Belfast, and this year they return with AVA to pay respects to the city which gave the duo their start.
Also attending are other important names in electronica, such as Jon Hopkins, Mura Masa, and Floorplan. AVA stands out for it consistent commitment to lineup and visual style. Fans are guaranteed to experience new artists on the forefront of techno, in a vibrant and captivating atmosphere. For more info on the lineup and tickets, visit AVA's website: https://avafestival.com
Forbidden Fruit Festival starts right as AVA ends, occurring on the bank holiday weekend of June 4 and 5th, right here in Dublin, Ireland. Forbidden Fruit is a blast, well known for kicking off the summer festival season. 2022 is a uniquely special year for Forbidden Fruit as well, it's the festival's 10th anniversary!
It's held on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, creating a great atmosphere outdoors. Forbidden Fruit was Dublin's first city-center festival, and continues to be one of the most memorable events the city has to offer.2022's Forbidden Fruit Festival will be an experience to remember, if not only for the exciting lineup on offer. Forbidden Fruit's setlist is split between the two days, with major appearances during both.
If you missed Bicep at AVA, you can catch them here as well. Lorde will also be attending, performing music from her most recent album, Solar Power. Bolstering the lineup are musicians such as Peggy Gou, Saoirse, and Logic1000. Forbidden Fruit offers some of the best electronic music mixed with indie, a perfect mix as fans start summer under the sun and are surrounded by song. For the full lineup and tickets, visit Forbidden Fruit's website: https://www.forbiddenfruit.ie
Body and Soul Festival continues the craze in 2022 from June 17 to June 19. With COVID-19 and other logistical complications, it has been a while since the Body and Soul Festival has been held, but luckily, that changes this year. This year's outing is held at Ballinlough Castle in County Westmeath, a gorgeous venue that fits perfectly with the ideas behind Body and Soul Festival.
The event has undergone a total restructuring and rethinking, shrinking down in size to offer a more deliberate and intimate lineup. The Body and Soul Festival is looking towards the future, inviting innovative artists and employing new ideas, rather than just making up for time lost during the pandemic. With that said, the lineup for this year's event is diverse and hard-hitting.
Divided into an 8 different stages, 2022's Body and Soul Festival seeks to impress with quality. Though the full lineup hasn't yet been released, its guaranteed to astound. For more info on tickets and eventual updates on the roster, visit the festival's website: https://bodyandsoul.ie
The All Together Now Festival is the definitive summer festival experience. Taking place from July 29-31, fans will be able to dance under the sun as they listen to music echo all around. This year's outing is hosted at the Curraghmore House, in County Waterford.
Beginning in 2018, each All Together Now festival has been unforgettable since. It's become one of Ireland's must-go events, a haven for anyone and everyone who loves music. All ages are invited to come camp on vast green fields of the estate, and experience the music alongside a pristine natural environment.
This festival has had some of the best lineups in Ireland since its inception. Divided into an astounding 16 stages, there is a corner and niche for each festival-goer. 2022's setlist is especially strong, featuring well known talents such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sinead O'Connor, and Groove Armada.
All Together Now is one of the most beloved music festivals in Ireland, and it quickly becomes apparent as to why. With a welcoming atmosphere, and a history of great lineups, there's not much that the festival hasn't succeeded at. To view the full lineup and ticket info, check out their page: https://www.alltogethernow.ie/about
If you are looking for a more underground event, Audio Garden is the perfect fit. One of Ireland's highest regarded underground meetups, Audio Garden offers a great mix of techno, house, and psytrance music from musicians both known and largely unheard of. Held from August 26-28, this festival is a must for anyone who enjoys the intimate heart of Ireland's electronic music scene. This year's Audio Garden is taking place at the Burtown House and Gardens, a lovely estate in Kildare, Ireland conducive to the original atmosphere of the festival.
Audio Garden's setlist is split into two, divided into a psytrance stage and a more traditional electronic stage. Fans familiar with Ireland's underground electronic scene might recognize names like SEE O SEE, Shore Bar Axel, and Paddy Sheridan, along with many others. Even if you are not familiar with any of these artists, you're in for a treat.
Audio Garden features some of the most genuine, hard-working producers in the country right now, devoting their life to the constant progress of their respective genres. At Audio Garden, you'll listen to music that can't be heard anywhere else. For more info on the lineup and tickets, visit Audio Garden's website: https://www.audiogarden.ie
All of the festivals mentioned so far have been around for some time, but 2022 is an exciting year for electronic enthusiasts. Euphonics Festival is making its debut this year, founded and managed by DJ and producer Nigel Quinn, also known as Floki or Digital Specie.
Euphonics offers a thrilling chance to partake in local music history, and support the artists that are attending, fledgling and familiar alike. From September 23 to the 25th in the south of Ireland, Euphonics is that perfect festival experience before winter sets in. Like Audio Garden, Euphonics Festival is going to be split into two major stages, separated by Quinn's two record labels; one for psytrance and the other for techno.
Attending the event are musicians such as Chypno, Agalaxy, and Altered Dimension. Quinn, the manager of the festival, is also performing. Euphonics represents a unique chance to support the future of underground electronic music here in Ireland, and get connected with the musicians who keep it alive. For more information on Euphonics: https://www.facebook.com/euphonics.festival
All in all, these are the best electronic festivals in Ireland this year. From major techno spectacle at AVA to unique global electronica at Life Festival and new and upcoming psytrance at Euphonics. For more updates on festivals and music here in Ireland, make sure to stay up to date with Tune Hoppers!
Photo credits to BBC, AVA Festival, and The Scotsman