Okay, so we’re already developing a little bit of anxiety about a life sans festivals. A/W is fast approaching so let’s make sure we enjoy every teeny-tiny second of this summer’s fun, frolics and festivities; the weather is totally lacklustre at the moment, but the entertainment is 100% on-point. Now go on, throw on a warm jumper and head out the door for the weekend!

1. LONGITUDE – Marlay Park – July 17th-19th (See Full Line-up Below)

July 17th has finally arrived and that means it’s time for Longitude. As one of the most highly-anticipated weekends of the summertime, this festival is sure to live up to our wild expectations. Aside from the obvious headliners – Alt J, Hozier, and Chemical Brothers – there are some truly outstanding performers who are tipped for future stardom.

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* Australian born Josef Salvat (pictured) has a look of James Dean and a catchy synth sound that will work a treat in this festival setting. His set kicks off today (Friday) at 4.15.

* Cork elctro duo, Young Wonder, have made quite the name for themselves over the past few years. Their latest album ‘Birth’ delivers Y.W’s signature ethereal synth-pop sound, with Rachel Koeman’s unusual vocals. You can catch this pair on Sunday afternoon (16:30) on the Heineken Stage.

* Fresh from their G.I.A.F performance at the Roisin Dubh last night, ALL TVVINS will be appearing on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage at 20:15 on Saturday evening. Since their first gig, little over a year ago, this duo have taken off into the festival circuit stratosphere. Stay tuned because these guys are set for big things in 2016.

2. The Galway International Arts Festival – Galway City – Runs until July 26th

We’re not even five days into the festival and the reports are exactly as we expected – Pure magic down in Galway. The 14-day festival is really heating up and this weekend the Tribal City is the place to be. The Big Top, The Roisin Dubh, and Monroe’s Live will all be packed with bodies over the next few days.

Tonight, there’s a difficult decision to be made. The magical Declan O’Rourke will be belting out ‘Big Bad Beautiful World’ downstairs in the Rosin Dubh, and just across Dominick St, Damien Dempsey will be setting Monroe’s Live alight with his powerful presence. Now that’s a tough one!

Dublin super group Kodaline will be stopping-off at Fisheries Field for one-of-two Big-Top shows tomorrow night, but they’re sold out – even we couldn’t get in 🙁 If you haven’t made it over to Galway yet, there are still plenty of art expos and theatre performances to be seen next week; not forgetting the majestic Sky-Whale (Patricia Piccinni) taking flight twice daily around the city. It’s a sight that has to be seen to be believed.

3. Lisa O’Neil and Slow Skies – The Cave – Saturday 18th July

Well this sounds interesting: “For the fifth year running in what promises to be a truly unforgettable experience, Cork Opera House presents from Friday 17th July, over the course of three nights, six distinctive Irish acts in the intimate, breathtaking location of the Mitchelstown Caves.”

Cavan songbird, Louise O’ Neil, will be joined by ambient-folk newbie, Slow Skies for this gig that is sure to be something quite special. Tickets are available from the Cork Opera House Website.

On Sunday (19th) This is Kit and Jack O’ Rourke will be jamming in the cave and tonight, David Kitt will be appearing alongside Margie Jean Lewis.

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