Festival Calendar

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JANUARY
Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal
Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland, Australia
APAP, New York
Chamber Music Gathering 2019, NCH, Dublin
Music Network Spring Season, Ireland
Eurosonic Noorderslag, Groningen
Shannonside Winter Music Festival
SoundState Festival of New Music, Southbank Centre, London
Documenting Jazz Conference, Dublin
Celtic Connections, Glasgow
Music Minds Festival, Doolin, Co. Clare
Music for Galway Midwinter Festival, Galway
Music in Kilkenny 2019 Season
Association of British Orchestras Annual Conference, Belfast
Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin
Imbolc International Music Festival, Derry

FEBRUARY
Féile na Tána, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Musica Nova Helsinki
Liverpool Philharmonic – Music Industry Careers Day, Liverpool
Irish National Opera Spring Season
Aesynth Festival, Dublin
Stereo Spasms Festival, Café Oto, London
IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras, National Concert Hall, Dublin
Quarter Block Party, Cork
Spike – Dublin Alternative Cello Festival
Grammy Awards
Concertina Cruinniú, Miltown Malbay Co. Clare
Gradam Ceoil TG4, Waterfront Hall, Belfast
The BRIT Awards, The O2, London
Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam
Bootlenote 10, Dublin
Late Junction Festival, The Barbican, London
New Music Dublin, National Concert Hall, Dublin

MARCH
1–3 March: Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Cork/Cobh
1–10 March: Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival
2–18 March: Manchester Irish Festival
5–6 March: Golden Classical Music Awards, New York
7 March: RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Dublin
7–10 March:
Spectrum Jazz Festival, Dublin
7–10 March: Durango Celtic Festival, Colorado
8–10 March: Wales’ Interceltic Festival
8–10 March: Finding A Voice – Women Composers Weekend, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
8–17 March:
SXSW, Austin, Texas
9 Mar–15 Apr: Migrations: The Making of America, Carnegie Hall and New York City
11–22 March: Sounds Like THIS, Leeds
15–18 March: Kilkenny Tradfest
21–24 Mar: Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee
22–24 Mar: Dublin International Choral Festival
22–25 Mar: Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
27–28 Mar: Arts Council/Local Government Places Matter Conference, NUI Galway
28–31 March: Cork Sound Fair
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9–31 March: BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

APRIL 
1–7 April: Five Lamps Arts Festival, Dublin
2–5 April: Musikmesse, Frankfurt
3–4 April: DCU Anam
5–7 April: Big Bang Dublin! International Music Festival for Young Audiences
10–13 April: Music Current, Dublin
11–14 April: Clifden Trad Fest, Co. Galway
12–14 April: Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival, Co. Cork
12–14 April: Baltimore Irish Trad Fest, USA
12–21 April: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, California
13 April: Ceardlann Earraigh, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
13–28 April: Jazzahead!, Bremen
18–22 April: National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia
19 April: UK Garage Fest
19–24 April: The Harrogate International Youth Festival of Music & Performing Arts
24–25 April: Textures Festival, Cafe Oto, London
24–27 April: Brighton Music Conference
24–28 April: Live Collision International Festival, Dublin
25 April–5 May: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Trail, New Orleans
25–27 April: Sónar Reykjavik
25-28 April: Consairtín, Ennis, Co. Clare
25–28 April:
Leeds Lieder Festival
26–28 April: Something in the Water, Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 April–5 May:
Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe

MAY 
1-3 May: Festival of Classical Improvisation, London
1–5 May: GAIA Festival, Oberhofen am Thunersee, Thun, Switzerland
1–5 May: Cork International Choral Festival
2–5 May: Annie Mac Presents Lost and Found, Malta
2–5 May: Shetland Folk Festival
2–6 May: City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival
2–6 May: Fleadh by the Feale, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
2–6 May: Féile na Bealtaine, Dingle, Co. Kerry
2–12 May: Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
3–4 May: 37d03d Festival, Brooklyn, New York
3–5 May: Liverpool Sound City
3–5 May: Bray Jazz Festival, Bray, Co. Wicklow
3–6 May: Sligo International Chamber Music Festival
3–6 May: The Cup of Tae Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal
3–6 May: Féile Chois Cuain, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
3–6 May: Fleadh na gCuach, Kinvara, Co. Galway
3–6 May: Kilkenny Roots Festival
3–6 May: Birr Festival of Music, Co. Offaly
4 May: Live at Leeds
5 May: Hit the North, Newcastle
7–12 May: Eastbound: Dublin’s New Music Festival
9 May: Music Week Awards, Battersea, London
9–11 May: The Great Escape – The Festival for New Music, Brighton, UK
9–11 May: Spor – Festival for Contemporary Music and Sound Art, Aarhus, Denmark
9–12 May: Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Cork
10–12 May: Rolling Loud, Miami
10–12 May: Form, Arcosanti, Arizona
10–12 May: Acoustic Yard Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo
10–12 May: It Takes a Village Festival, Trabolgan, East Cork
10–26 May: Norfolk & Norwich Festival
11 May: Chambord x Cercle, Chambord, France
11 May: Street Fest, Leeds, UK
15–19 May: West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival
17–19 May: Gospel Rising Music Festival, Dublin
17–19 May: Féile Róise Rua, Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal
17–19 May: Skerries Traditional Music Festival, Co. Dublin
17–19 May: Doncaster Folk Festival
17–19 May: Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe – Tulla Traditional Music Festival, Co. Clare
18 May: World Fiddle Day, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry
18 May–25 Aug:
Glyndebourne Festival
19–27 May: Fleadh Nua, Ennis. Co. Clare
23–26 May: Orkney Folk Festival
24-26 May: Life Festival, Dublin
24–26 May: Galway Early Music Festival
25 May: Féile Nasc, Marlay Park, Dublin
25–26 May: SlamDunk Festival, Leeds/Hertfordshire
20–29 May: Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition, Helsinki
25–26 May: East Durham Irish Festival, New York
28 May–3 June: Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Lismore, Co. Waterford
29 May–2 June: Primavera Pro, Barcelona
30 May–3 June: Mountshannon Arts Festival, Co. Clare
31 May–2 June:
Vantastival, Drogheda, Co. Louth
31 May–3 June: Open Ear, Sherkin Island, Cork

JUNE
1 June: Roots Picnic, Philadelphia
1–3 June: Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival, The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin
1–2 June: Fever Pitch, Galway Airport
4–9 June: Carlow Arts Festival
4 June–9 Aug: Opera Holland Park 2019 Season
5–9 June: Women’s Work NI: A Festival Celebrating Women in Music, Belfast
5 June–3 Aug: 
Longborough Festival OperaGloucestershire 
6-9 June: Limerick Sings, International Choral Festival, Limerick
6–23 June: Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmania
7–8 June: Nature Loves Courage, Sougia, Crete
7–9 June:
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Co. Mayo
7–23 June: Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
8–9 June: Marvellous Island, Plage de Vaires-Torcy, Paris
11–16 June:
Great Music in Irish Houses
13–16 June: Isle of Wight Festival
13–23 June: Cork Midsummer Festival
14–16 June: Doolin Folk Festival, Co. Clare
14–16 June: Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
15 June: Pen-Marr Irish Festival, Pennsylvania
15–22 June: BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
20–23 June: Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival, Glengarriff, Co. Cork
21 June: Knocklane Festival, Co. Sligo
21–22 June: Louth Contemporary Music Society: Stations of the Sun, Dundalk, Co. Louth
21–23 June: Black Deer Festival, Kent
24–28 June: Craiceann: Bodhrán Summer School, Inis Oírr, Co. Galway
24 June–5 July: Blas – International Summer School of Irish Traditonal Music and Dance, Limerick
26–20 June: Glastonbury Festival
28 June–7 July: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, Co. Cork
28–30 June: Kaleidoscope, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
29–30 June: Cheltenham Music Festival
29 June–18 July: Istanbul Jazz Festival
30 June–5 July: An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Harp Festival, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth

JULY
1–7 July: Clonmel Junction Festival
1–7 July: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales
3–12 July: Irish Composition Summer School, Dublin
4–21 July: Manchester International Festival
5–7 July: Traidphicnic, An Spidéal, Co. Galway
5–7 July: Gooikoorts International Folk Festival, Belgium
5–7 July: Longitude, Dublin
5–7 July: New Music Biennial 2019, London
5–7 July: Forever Young Festival, Naas, Co. Kildare
6–7 July: Audio Shoot – International Music Video and Film Festival, Murphy’s Barn, Wexford
6–14 July: Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
6–28 July: Music in the Mountains, Durango, Colorado
8–12 July: Ceol na Coille School of Irish Traditional Music, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
10–14 July: Carrick Water Music Festival, Carrick-on-Shannon
10–28 July: Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
12–14 July: Creepy Teepee, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
12–14 July: Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, Driffield, Yorkshire
14–20 July: South Sligo Summer School, Tubercurry, Co. Sligo
14–20 July: Catskills Irish Arts Week
15–28 July: Galway International Arts Festival
18–27 July: Boyle Arts Festival
19–21 July: Melt Festival, Berlin
19–21 July: Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
19 July–14 Sept: BBC Proms
19 July–1 Sept: Riga Jurmala Music Festival, Latvia
20–27 July: Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
21–27 July: Mad Week: Music and Dance Week, Bethesda, Maryland
21–28 July: Fiddler’s Green Festival, Rostrevor
25–28 July: Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
25–28 July: WOMADCharlton Park, Wiltshire
26–28 July: Great Irish Arts Week, Frankfort, New York
27 July–3 Aug: Belfast TradFest
Gramophone Classical Music Awards

AUGUST 
1–4 Aug: Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago
1–4 Aug: Cambridge Folk Festival
1–11 Aug: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon
2–4 Aug: O’Carolan Harp Festival, Keadue, Co. Roscommon
2–4 Aug: All Together Now, Curraghmore, Waterford
2–9 Aug: Sidmouth Folk Festival, Devon, England
2–26 Aug: Edimburgh International Festival
2–26 Aug: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
3–4 Aug: The Beatyard, Dunlaoghaire
6–11 Aug: NCH International Master Course, Dublin
7–12 Aug: Feakle Festival
8–10 Aug: Fairport Convention Cropredy, Oxfordshire
8–11 Aug: Boyne Music Festival, Townley Hall, Drogheda
9–11 Aug: Flow Festival, Helsinki
9–18 Aug: Kilkenny Arts Festival
11–18 Aug: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Drogheda, Co. Louth
15–17 Aug: Stendhal Festival, Limavady
15–18 Aug:
Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
21–27 Aug: Manchester International Piano Competition
21–25 Aug:
Masters of Tradition, Bantry, Co. Cork
22–26 Aug: Cornwall Folk Festival
23–26 Aug: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
19 Aug–19 Sept: Musikfest Berlin
30 Aug–1 Sept: Sundown, Norfolk Showground, Norwich
30 Aug–1 Sept:
Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois
30 Aug–1 Sept: Mosely Folk and Arts Festival, Mosely Park, Birmingham
MTV Video Music Awards – VMAs
Open House Festival, Bangor

SEPTEMBER 
6–8 Sept: Harvest Time Rhythm & Blues Festival, Monaghan Town
7 Sept: London Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House
13–15 Sept: Westport Festival of Chamber Music, Westport, Co. Mayo
18–21 Sept: Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
25–29 Sept: New Ross Piano Festival
27–29 Sept: Sligo Festival of Baroque Music
Hard Working Class Heroes, Dublin
The Leeds International Piano Competition
Django Sur Lennon, Ramelton, Co. Donegal

OCTOBER 
3–6 Oct: Cork Folk Festival
10–12 Oct: Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition
16 Oct: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
16–20 Oct: Manchester Folk Festival
22 Oct–3 Nov: Wexford Festival Opera
23–27 Oct: City of Derry International Choir Festival
23–28 Oct: Westport Music and Arts Festival, Co. Mayo
24–27 Oct: Creative Connexions Ireland, Sitges, Spain
Frank Maher Classical Music Awards, Dublin
The Irish Festival of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
The Return to Camden Town, London 
WAMFest, Western Australia

 

NOVEMBER
6–9 Nov: Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík
7–21 Nov: 74th Geneva International Music Competition
15–24 Nov: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
15–24 Nov: EFG London Jazz Festival
BBC Young Jazz Musician
Birmingham TradFest

DECEMBER
Other Voices, Dingle, Co. Kerry
7 Dec: MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards
British Composer Awards
London Contemporary Music Festival

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2020

APRIL
25 April–3 May: Cellissimo Festival, Galway

2021

MAY
14–24 May: 12th Dublin International Piano Competition

We are continually adding to this calendar. If you have an event that you would like added, please email editor [at] journalofmusic.com. To add a concert to our listings service, please see here.