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JANUARY
8–12 Jan: APAP, New York
10–17 Jan: Dublin Bowie Festival, Dublin
13–16 Jan: Eurosonic Noorderslag, Groningen
15 Jan–2 Feb: Celtic Connections, Glasgow
16–20 Jan: Shannonside Winter Music Festival
22–24 Jan: Music for Galway Midwinter Festival, Galway
25 29 Jan: The Irish Times Winter Nights Festival, Online
27–31 Jan: Temple Bar TradFest, Online
23–26 Jan: Banjo and Bovril Festival, Bray
26 Jan–9 Feb: Imbolc International Music Festival, Derry

FEBRUARY
1 Feb: Liverpool Philharmonic – Music Industry Careers Day, Liverpool
6–7 Feb: 
Féile na Tána, Carlingford, Co. Louth
6–9 Feb: Quarter Block Party, Cork
7–9 Feb: Spike – Dublin Alternative Cello Festival
8 Feb: IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras, National Concert Hall, Dublin
Concertina Cruinniú, Miltown Malbay Co. Clare (postponed)
18 Feb: The BRIT Awards, The O2, London
21–23 Feb: Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam
22–23 Feb: Right Here Right Now (traditional and folk music weekend), Cork Opera House
23 Feb: Gradam Ceoil TG4, Waterfront Hall, Belfast
27 Feb–1 March: New Music Dublin, National Concert Hall, Dublin
28 Feb–8 March: Hastings International Piano Festival, Hastings

MARCH
1–17 March: Manchester Irish Festival
314 March: Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival
4–8 March: Borealis, Bergen
4–8 March: Corofin Traditional Festival
5 March: RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Dublin
5–8 March: Ennis Bookclub Festival, Ennis
5–8 March: Finding a Voice, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
5–8 March: Walled City Music Festival, Derry
6–8 March: Wales’ Interceltic Festival
6–8 March: BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
9 March: Golden Classical Music Awards, New York
9–20 March: Sounds Like THIS, Leeds
10–12 Mar: Association of British Orchestras Annual Conference
12–14 March: : Durango Celtic Festival, Colorado
12–15 March: Fingal International Festival of Voices
13–15 March: Alternating Current, Dublin
13 March: Steinway Two Pianos Festival, London
13–17 March: Kilkenny Tradfest
13–22 March: SXSW, Austin, Texas
14 March: Grammy Awards
20–23 March: Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
21–28 March: Cellissimo Festival, Galway
26–29 March: Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee
27–28 March: Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, Online
28 March: Fair Play Festival, Manchester

APRIL 
2–5 April: Musikmesse, Frankfurt
2–5 April: Counterflows, Glasgow
3–4 April: DCU Anam
5–7 April: Big Bang Dublin! International Music Festival for Young Audiences
14–18 April: Music Current, Dublin
11–14 April: Clifden Trad Fest, Co. Galway
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
17 April: Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival
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
21–25 April: Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Online
22–25 April: Sonorities Festival Belfast
24–25 April: Textures Festival, Cafe Oto, London
24–28 April: Cruinniú na bhFlúit, Baile Bhuirne, Co. Cork
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–2 May: Wild Roots, Sligo
30 April–3 May: Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival, Co. Cork
30 April–5 May: Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe
30 April–6 May: Drogheda Arts Festival

MAY 
1–3 May: Long Play, Brooklyn
1-31 May: Bealtaine, Online
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: Féile Joe Éinniú, Carna, Co. Galway
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
4–5 May: This is Dublin Ska Festival, Whelan’s,Dublin
4–6 May: Flutter Echo Festival –  A Celebration of David Toop, Café OTO, London
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
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–19 June: Puccini Festival, Hungary
18–19 May: Sound Unbound, Barbican, London
18 May–25 Aug: Glyndebourne Festival
19–27 May: Fleadh Nua, Ennis. Co. Clare
20–23 May: Galway Early Music Festival, Galway
23–26 May: Orkney Folk Festival
24-26 May: Life Festival, Westmeath
22–24 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
20–29 May: International Literature Festival, Dublin
21–24 May: Knockengorroch Festival, Galloway, South West Scotland
25–26 May: East Durham Irish Festival, New York
26–30 May: West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival
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
31 May–3 June: Doonbeg International Jazz Festival, Co. Clare

JUNE
1 June: Roots Picnic, Philadelphia
1 June: Unamplifire, London
2–7 June: Festival of Songs Olomouc, Czech Republic
5–6 June: Forbidden Fruit Festival, Dublin
4–13 June: Carlow Arts Festival
4 June–9 Aug: Opera Holland Park 2019 Season
5 June: Wide Awake, London
5–9 June: Women’s Work NI: A Festival Celebrating Women in Music, Belfast
5–7 June: Gospel Rising Music Festival, Dublin
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
7–28 June: Belsonic, Belfast
8–13 June: Great Music in Irish Houses
8–9 June: Marvellous Island, Plage de Vaires-Torcy, Paris
11–13 June: Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas, Carlow
11–13 June: Nenagh Children’s Film Festival, Tipperary
11–20 June: The Grand Stretch, Ireland
12 June: Cruinniú na nÓg, Online
13–16 June: Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival, Limavady
13–16 June: Isle of Wight Festival
14–27 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
17–20 June: Dalkey Book Festival, Dublin
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
2527 June: Hinterland, Kells, Co. Meath
26–20 June: Glastonbury Festival
27 June–6 July: Festival International de Jazz, Montreal
25 June–4 July: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, Co. Cork
28–30 June: Kaleidoscope, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
28–30 June: Irish International A Cappella Festival 2019, Dublin
28 June–1 July: Con Curtin Music Festival, Brosna, Co. Kerry
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: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales
2–4 July: Longitude, Dublin
3–11 July: Cairde Sligo Arts Festival
3–11 July: Clonmel Junction Festival
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: New Music Biennial 2019, London
5–7 July: Forever Young Festival, Naas, Co. Kildare
611 July: Galway Film Fleadh
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
9–14 July: Halifax Jazz Festival, Canada
9–16 July: West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Cork
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
12–25 July: Galway International Arts Festival
14–20 July: South Sligo Summer School, Tubercurry, Co. Sligo
14–20 July: Catskills Irish Arts Week
18–27 July: Boyle Arts Festival
18–21 July: Bluedot, Cheshire
19–21 July: Melt Festival, Berlin
19–21 July: Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
19–25 July: The Gerard Manley Hopkins 32nd International Festival, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
19 July–14 Sept: BBC Proms
19 July–1 Sept: Riga Jurmala Music Festival, Latvia
20–21 July: Claremorris Folk Festival, Co. Mayo
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: WOMAD, Charlton Park, Wiltshire
25–29 July: Scoil na gCláirseach – Festival of Early Irish Harp (Online), Kilkenny
25 July–22 Aug: Dartington Music Summer School and Festival
26–28 July: Great Irish Arts Week, Frankfort, New York
27 July–3 Aug: Belfast TradFest
27 July: Folk on the Tyne, Sage Gateshead
30 JulyAugust: Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, Waterford
30 July–1 August: All Together Now, Curraghmore, Waterford

AUGUST 
1–4 Aug: Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago
1–4 Aug: Cambridge Folk Festival
1–11 Aug: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon
1–31 Aug: Open House Festival, Bangor
220 August: Tread Softly, Sligo
2–4 Aug: O’Carolan Harp Festival, Keadue, Co. Roscommon
2–9 Aug: Sidmouth Folk Festival, Devon, England
2–26 Aug: Edinburgh International Festival
2–26 Aug: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
3–4 Aug: The Beatyard, Dún Laoghaire
5–16 Aug: Kilkenny Arts Festival
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
13–16 Aug: Milwaukee Irish Fest, Wisconsin
14–15 Aug: Yurt City, Tullamore
15–17 Aug: Stendhal Festival, Limavady
15–18 Aug: Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
15–18 Aug: Chamber Music on Valentia, Co. Kerry
16–18 Aug: Clandeboye Festival, Bangor
16–18 Aug: Another Love Story, Co. Meath
21–27 Aug: Manchester International Piano Competition
21–25 Aug: Masters of Tradition, Bantry, Co. Cork
22–25 Aug: Shambala, Northamptonshire
22–26 Aug: Cornwall Folk Festival
23–26 Aug: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
19 Aug–19 Sept: Musikfest Berlin
26 Aug: MTV Video Music Awards – VMAs
30 Aug–1 Sept: Sundown, Norfolk Showground, Norwich
30 Aug–1 Sept: Mosely Folk and Arts Festival, Mosely Park, Birmingham
30 Aug–1 Sept: Glenarm Festival of Voice, Co. Antrim

SEPTEMBER 
3–5 Sept: Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois
3–5 Sept: Ortús Chamber Music Festival 2020, Cork
4–8 Sept: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht
6–7 Sept: Festival of New, Snape, Suffolk
6–8 Sept: Harvest Time Rhythm & Blues Festival, Monaghan Town
7 Sept: London Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House
8–22 Sept: Tsinandali Festival, Georgia
9–12 Sept: Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork
9–12 Sept: Music in Monkstown, Dublin
10–19 Sept: Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2019, Cork
11–26 Sept: Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin
13–15 Sept: Westport Festival of Chamber Music, Westport, Co. Mayo
18–21 Sept: Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
16–18 Sept: Cahir Trad Fest, Tipperary
18–29 Sept: Clifden Arts Festival
19–22 Sept: Southdowns Folk Festival, Bognor Regis
20 Sept: Culture Night, Various towns in Ireland
20–22 Sept: Frank Harte Festival, Dublin
25–29 Sept: New Ross Piano Festival
26–28 Sept: Django Sur Lennon, Ramelton, Co. Donegal
26–29 Sept: Limerick Jazz Festival
27–29 Sept: Sligo Festival of Baroque Music
30 Sept–17 Oct: Dublin Theatre Festival 

OCTOBER 
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, dates tbc
1–5 Oct: Ireland Music Week, Dublin
1–6 Oct: Tradition Now, Dublin
2–6 Oct: Galway Jazz Festival
2–6 Oct: London Piano Festival
2–6 Oct: The Irish Festival of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3–6 Oct: Cork Folk Festival
3–18 Oct: K-Music, London
4 Oct: Frank Maher Classical Music Awards, Dublin
4–6 Oct: Glenties Fiddlers Weekend, Co. Donegal
8 Oct: Music Week Tech Summit, London
8–28 Oct: Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
10–12 Oct: Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition
11–26 Oct: Oxford Lieder, Oxford
11–13 Oct: Kincora Trad Fest, Killaloe/Ballina
11–13 Oct: Seamus Grant Weekend, Donegal
11–13 Oct: Marsden Jazz Festival, Yorkshire
12–20 Oct: Donegal Chamber Music Festival
15 Oct–3 Nov: Belfast International Arts Festival
16 Oct: Gramophone Classical Music Awards, London
16 Oct: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Manchester
16–20 Oct: I.NY Festival, Limerick
16–20 Oct: Manchester Folk Festival
18–20 Oct: John Dwyer Trad Fest, Waterford
19 Oct: National Harp Day, Ireland
Wexford Festival Opera, dates tbc
Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford, dates tbc
21–25 Oct: City of Derry International Choir Festival
23–28 Oct: Westport Music and Arts Festival, Co. Mayo
23–29 Oct: The Return to Camden Town, London 
2331 Oct: Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival, Tipperary
23 Oct–3 Nov: SoundFestival, Scotland
24 Oct: RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, Vicar Street, Dublin
24–28 Oct: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
23–25 Oct: Achill International Harp Festival, Achill, Co. Mayo
24–27 Oct: Creative Connexions Ireland, Sitges, Spain
30 Oct–3 Nov: Oireachtas na Samhna, Dublin
31 Oct–2 Nov: Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris

NOVEMBER
TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, dates tbc
1–2 Nov: Other Voices Cardigan, Wales
1–2 Nov: WAMFest, Western Australia
1–10 Nov: Sound of Belfast
2–3 Nov: DEEPMINIMALISM 2.0, London
414 Nov: Cork International Film Festival
6–9 Nov: Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík
6–26 Oct: Waltham Forest Cello Fest, London
7–11 Nov: Ennis Trad Fest
7–21 Nov: Geneva International Music Competition
8–10 Nov: From the Source Festival, Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
15–24 Nov: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
15–24 Nov: EFG London Jazz Festival
16 Nov: UnampliFire, St Mark’s Church, Dalston, London
21–24 Nov: Birmingham TradFest
22–24 Nov: Spilt Milk Festival, Sligo
22–24 Nov: Ardee Baroque Festival, Ardee, Co. Louth
22–24 Nov: Quiet Lights, Cork
26 Nov: TRNSMT Marks the Spot, Glasgow
28 Nov–1 Dec: Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival
29 Nov–1 Dec: The Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival, Dublin
29 Nov–1 Dec: Other Voices, Dingle
29 Nov–1 Dec: Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin, Muscraí, Co. Cork
BBC Young Jazz Musician, dates tbc

DECEMBER
3–13 Dec: ChamberFest Dublin
4 Dec: The Ivors Composer Awards (formerly the British Composer Awards), British Museum, London
7 Dec: MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Aberdeen Music Hall
7–15 Dec: London Contemporary Music Festival
11–12 Dec: Jazz Connective, Dublin
27 Dec–1 Jan: Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair 2019, Donegal
27 Dec–1 Jan: Woodford Folk Festival, Australia

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