This bank holiday weekend is going to be one of the busiest so far: arts and music festivals are surrounding us from Cork to Dublin. Take your pick?

1. Running from the 31st July – 2nd August, the Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival will not disappoint. Celebrating its 10th birthday, the festival – rumours says – is going to be bigger and better than ever before. Charleville Castle, Tullamore’s hidden gem, is going to be surrounded by music and festival lovers; while its medieval walls are going to be the shell of arts and film exhibitions, poetry, workshops and surprise-surprise, a day spa for those who like to a good old pamper.

Don’t panic, all of your social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) are going to be kept up-to-date, because there is, of course, a charging point available for the low-low price of FREE. Hallelujah!

You can choose to stay in your grubby old tent or in one of the luxurious bell tents that are on offer this year – these bad-boys are made with the finest cotton canvas and carpeted interior. Of course, if you don’t fancy a night’s sleep on the ground, you can purchase a day ticket.

Mo Kolours, Aeroplane, Elephant, Fight Like Apes are just a few of the names that will be taking to the stages. Some other magic is going to happen, but it has all been kept secret. We don’t want to spoil it!

2. If you like indie music then this is the one for you. Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Co.Cork is hosting the Indiependence Arts and Music Festival. No matter what the weather, Kodaline, Basement Jaxx, The Dandy Warhols and many more will keep you entertained all weekend.

The venue is ‘family friendly’ so there will be a special family campsite where your kids’ ears will be safe from the decibels.

Put your wellies on and dress weather appropriate as the forecast isn’t great (take a look outside). Drive your campervan or bring your tent (and the groundsheet) and head ‘down under’.

3. Not too far from Dublin (1st–2nd of August), the sky will change colour, with balloons and kites as the protagonists. Dun Laoghaire Harbour will be bright with atmosphere and electricity as it is transformed into The Beat-Yard. There will be plenty of workshops to keep you busy where you can master new skills – from kite building to balloon modelling.

If you get worn-out after all your hard work, no worries! Go and get some food and chillout with a little bit of music. The fiesta, which this year relocated itself to Dun Laoghaire Harbour will host great food, music. Expect performances from Sim Simma, DJ Marky, EMBRZ, and many more.

What you waiting for? Now, won’t your girlfriend be delighted when you bring her home a DIY balloon animal!


4. Last but not least, Dublin will be ‘rockin n’ rollin’ on Sunday.

A half-marathon is taking place on the 2nd of August, but no need of earphones, as the runners will be powered-up by live music. Bands will be placed along the course: from the Docklands right up to the finish line in Phoenix Park.

The first band to unleash the power of rock is the 45’s at 10am followed by The Hot Sprockets at 11am and the Mighty Stef at 12am.

So, get going if you are staying in Dublin this bank holiday weekend. Mini concerts along the streets are waiting for you and don’t forget to enjoy the final and bigger concert of the day at Phoenix Park where everyone is welcomed. Line up: The Lock-ins, Brain Donation, Patrick James, and many more can’t wait to rock, punk, funk, jazz their strings and cords!