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Tradfest Temple Bar Dublin 22nd to 26th January 2021 (TBC)  (When It Is Considered Safe To Travel Again)

Our festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish musicianship. From modest beginnings, the festival has gone from strength to strength.

The past decade has seen the festival grow in terms of size, ambition and musical breadth, with a line-up that now appeals to the purist and the merely curious alike. Although TradFest today is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music we now also feature artists from the worlds of folk, nu-folk, and even (whisper it) rock and roll!

TradFest Temple Bar DublinWe want to keep it special – we are still a boutique Winter festival – closing the door on the darkest season and ushering in the light and energy of Spring. TradFest also offers concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places. From the atmospheric Kilmainham Gaol to the grandeur of City Hall, this is the difference between memorable and unforgettable.

We invite you to join us, to feel every note.

This is more than just trad, this is trad without frontiers…

‘Temple Bar TradFest is growing in strength every year’ Irish Independent

‘Temple Bar TradFest has built its reputation as offering a chink of musical light in the dying days of January’ Irish Times

‘The bar for this year’s festival has been set unexpectedly early’ The Ticket, Irish Times


HEADLINE CONCERTS Presenting the cream of both Irish & International trad & folk artists in iconic Dublin venues.

FRONT ROW SESSIONS Free concerts in intimate settings featuring five of the very best in Irish music, up close and personal.Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance.

TRADHUB Free late night club, presenting the best up-and-comers on the Irish Trad scene.

TRADFRINGE There is so much more than just Trad to be had! – enjoy our taste trail, exhibitions, film-screenings, workshops, masterclasses & much more.

MUSIC TRAIL Explore daily music sessions throughout the great pubs of Temple Bar.

TRADKIDS TradTastic Fun for all the Family; trad farm, family concerts, children’s club, children’s trad sessions and lots lots more!

Tradfest Temple Bar Venues

Our chosen venues are historical landmarks, many dating back 1000 years. They are not purpose-built theatres some sightlines are restricted. We endeavour to do our best to prepare venues to the very highest standards to make your experience an enjoyable one. Seating is unallocated. Please contact TradFest Temple Bar if you require special assistance. Most of our venues are wheelchair accessible but staff need to be notified in advance.

See the venues for Tradfest Tempte Bar here.

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