Temple Bar TradFest

Dublin doesn’t do downtime, not even in January. Nights of glowing pub doorways and amber-lit cobbles are the perfect host for the country’s biggest indie Irish music festival.

Dublin’s cultural quarter, creative hub, and nightlife hotspot is undisputedly Temple Bar. The cobbled streets lined with galleries, indie theatres and throbbing pubs are always thronged with visitors and long-lunching locals.

What better place to kick-start Ireland’s legendary festival calendar on 22 January. Let the TradFest 2014 begin.

Combining cosy pub sessions with outdoor concerts, street performers with pipe bands, and film screenings with storytelling, the Temple Bar TradFest (22 – 26/01/14) promises an Irish music and culture extravaganza. Two-time winner of the Best Traditional Music Festival award, TradFest is “a window for Irish culture” according to Moya Brennan of Clannad.

Now in its 9th year, the festival keeps on getting bigger and bigger: the six-day schedule promises over 200 free events and performances by some of the best known faces (and voices) in traditional music.

Special venues

The St Patrick's Cathedral is one of the settings of the festival. Altan with friends from the music industry will perform in this 800 year old cathedral. But that's not all, Carlos Núñez, Paul Brady and Stockton's Wing & Frankie Gavin & De Dannan will perform also!

In the St Werburgh Church, founded in 1178, Macalla celebrates their 30th anniversary as the first Irish woman choir.

Songwriter Johnny Duhan will perform  and also We Banjo 3 will fill the church with bluegrass sounds.

St Michan's Church and the Button Factory will also serve as venues

Master plan

The programme offers something for every master and maestro. Industry master classes offer insider tips, while the Music Trail offers a roadmap through free festival performances. Bring your own instrument and keep an eye out for the open sessions. If you can carry a tune, drop into the Singers Club and join in the action.

Day to day

While Temple Bar has a rock-solid and rocking reputation for its nightlife, TradFest has struck a perfect balance with a selection of family events. The Ark, a custom-built cultural centre for children, will host music performances, lively workshops and sessions for the kids. Outside you’ll find face painters, street performers, Irish dancers and two outdoor stages.

In between all those jigs and reels, remember you’re still in Temple Bar. Dublin’s culture den is a playground at any time of the year, but we can thank TradFest for the musicians playing.

An audience with Irish Folk Legends

“An Audience with Irish Folk Legends” is a brand new initiative of the Temple Bar TradFest 2014, which will be organised from Wednesday 22 January until Friday 24 January 2014. A range of free one-hour concerts of five famous Irish folk bands will take place in the most intimate settings: Bagatelle, Dublin City Ramblers, The Dublin Legends (former The Dubliners), The Fureys and The Kilkennys. Enjoy a once in a life-time opportunity to see the very best Irish folk acts in their home country.

Secure your free ticket now for an exclusive TradFest concert in January 2014 in Dublin - but you better be quick as tickets are limited.