TradFest Temple Bar is a joyful celebration of Irish identity through music. Each January, it showcases the best of established and emerging musical talent at a landmark festival which is rooted in the historic and atmospheric setting of Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter. Over 50 live music concerts take place in some of the best pubs in Temple Bar, as well as key historical landmarks in Dublin.
TradFest is reimagining and redefining Irish music and reaching growing Irish and international audiences at live events and through digital channels. It adopts a fluid approach to programming and is constantly curating the best of established Irish traditional and folk musicians with emerging performers, some of whom got their career breaks and opportunities to perform at international events through TradFest Temple Bar.
A unique event like no other, TradFest Temple Bar is the best place to experience live Irish music in January.
Our January concert series is the pinnacle of the TradFest year, featuring an array of folk and trad artists at the peak of their powers in stunning, historic locations in Dublin. But there’s so much more to the festival. The Smithwicks Sessions offers an intimate alternative, with free ticketed gigs in the best pubs in Temple Bar. Our Showcase Nights do just that – giving the best new talent an opportunity to shine for industry insiders while TradFringe gives folks a chance to explore the interesting stuff that happens on the periphery, with a programme of cultural events in Dublin city. There’s something to surprise and delight around every cobbled corner and for the littlest visitors our friends at The Ark, Temple Bar have arts and craft workshops to spark their imaginations.
Because this is a festival like no other and because we want to create indelible experiences, our headline venues are historical landmarks, many of them bound up in the very fabric of Irish cultural identity. Explore our iconic music venues in Dublin below.
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Hear from your favourite trad and folk artists.
The TradFest Temple Bar Podcast is hosted by festival artistic director, Kieran Hanrahan. Kieran is an Irish radio host and musician, known for being one of the founding members of Stockton’s Wing as well as hosting Céilí House, a weekly radio program on traditional Irish music aired on RTÉ Radio 1.
Join Kieran as he delves into the world of Trad and Folk music, going behind the scenes and uncovering insight from interviews with artists, venues and festival organisers.
You can view our full line up for 2023 here.
You can buy your tickets online here.
Unfortunately no, our ticket prices are set as low as possible. For some concerts there might be availability for a group discount when booked in advance. You can contact us here for more information.
Temple Bar has a huge variety of accommodation which you can explore on Dublin’s official tourism website here.