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Three Upcoming Music Events to Look out for in Ireland and Northern Ireland

The summer is here and in the world of live music that means big festivals and concerts.

Here on GIG GOER we have already announced the dates that Nick Mulvey will perform in the UK and Ireland this September. For music fans in Ireland and Northern Ireland we have put forward three music events to look out for.

Belfast Vital – Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast, UK (August 23 and 26)

Belfast’s biggest annual music festival returns to Boucher Road Playing Fields. Since the festival was first held in 2002 it has hosted some of the biggest names in music. This year is no different with Muse, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves and Fang Club headlining the festival on the 23rd August. NME reported that Muse are working on new songs and fans are hoping that their follow up to the 2015 album Drones will be released later this year. Belfast Vital could be one of the first places to debut the new tracks.

On the 26th August, the stage will be a celebration of dance music. Headlining the Saturday night will be Tiësto, Clean Bandit, Robin Schulz, Sigala, Disciples, and John Gibbons.

Pet Shop Boys – Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin, Ireland (September 5 -6)

Pet Shop Boys are currently on their Super World Tour and have sold-out concerts in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, and the USA. The band will play songs from their latest album and their long repertoire. The Telegraph wrote of The Super World Tour: “the show encompasses high culture, club culture, theatre, cinema, political satire, and a mind-bending laser show.” Pet Shop Boys are famed for their live shows and this one is not to be missed.

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival – Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland (September 21 -24)

For those looking for a festival that is a bit more intimate there is the Clonakilty Guitar International Festival. Musicians come from around the globe to play, teach, and talk about the guitar. The festival is prized for its relaxed, non-stuffy atmosphere. 90% of the events are free and many different styles of music from across the globe will be played.

The Clonakily Guitar Festival is notable for its on going project called Cases Studies which provides intimate glimpses into the lives of the musicians at the festival. Guitarists send in short videos where they describe their musical journey as well as the story of their guitar.

Music is an important part of Ireland’s heritage and the Case Studies are the perfect example of how Ireland put an emphasis on the stories behind their culture. This can be traced through many different arts including literature, film, and theatre. Non-traditional platforms also embrace Ireland’s love of storytelling, for instance, entertainment portal Slingo launched their very own Rainbow Riches slot game, using the country’s symbolic iconography such as pots of gold and leprechauns that have become synonymous with Irish folklore to tap into the nations gaming market.

The Case Studies show that to truly understand the music being played you need to embrace the music and instrument’s heritage.

If you are in Ireland or Northern Ireland we hope that these concerts will interest you.