TradFest Temple Bar Venues
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. From the storied halls of Dublin Castle to the splendour of the soaring gothic nave of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the TradFest Temple Bar live experience is made magical by the experience of just inhabiting these special spaces. If you’re visiting Ireland, or have never really explored the architectural heritage of Dublin City, this is a wonderful way to immerse yourself musical melody and to feel the drumbeat of history.
This year we return to the wonderfully atmospheric Pepper Canister Church and make our debut at Collins Barracks, a National Museum of Ireland site and a repository of collections dating back more than nine millennia. Unforgettable is built into every performance.
Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where legend has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and also serves as a popular tourist attraction in Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years.
St Patrick's Cathedral
The Pepper Canister Church
St. Stephen’s Church, fondly referred to by Dubliners as ‘the Pepper Canister’, was the last of a series of Georgian churches built by the Church of Ireland in the early 1800’s. The nickname derives from the shape of the spire, resembling a pepper canister. It was originally conceived as a chapel-of-ease for the parish of St Peter’s, Aungier Street, which was the largest Church of Ireland parish in Dublin. The magnificient pulpit with canopy is made of Italian rosewood. The Altar Frontals are reckoned to be among the most beautiful in the Church of Ireland.
For over 800 years Dublin Castle has been at the heart of Irish history. In fact, the city gets its name from the ‘Dubh Linn’ or Black Pool, on the site of the present Castle Gardens and Coach House. The Castle Hall venue, constructed behind the façade of the 18th century Guard House, incorporates the renovated Bedford Tower and is flanked by the imposing gates of Justice and Fortitude.
Collins Barracks was an army base for some 200 years before being renovated for use as a museum. The site is named after Michael Collins, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army. The National Museum of Ireland collects and preserves objects relating to the history and culture of Ireland, and its place in the wider world. Its collections date back more than nine millennia and provide a vital connection to our shared and individual past. The Museum strives to create, support and strengthen an expression of national pride.
From a riotous Cillian Murphy DJ set and Villagers live album recording to a Jimi Hendrix film shoot with Andre 3000 and Royal Blood’s barnstorming first Irish gig The Workman’s Club has seen a whole heap of rock ‘n’ roll action since opening the doors to their multi-floor venue, located at the edge of Temple Bar, beside the world famous Clarence Hotel on Wellington Quay. The proud winner of a Hot Press/IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Award, we’re delighted to be back with TradFest this year.
Incredibly, The National Stadium remains the only purpose built amateur boxing arena in the world. Built in 1939, the 2000 Seater Stadium has hosted many of Ireland’s greatest boxing athletes and is the Home of Irish Boxing. The Stadium covers over 17,000 square feet and is located in the Heart of Dublin City. For decades now the stadium has hosted live shows of all kinds and musical genres for all tastes. The iconic venue has become a firm favourite for fans and performers.
In the company of some of the other Tradfest Temple Bar venues The Button Factory is very much the new kid on the block. While it may not have witnessed a thousand years of Dublin’s history, it has surely played host to a thousand unforgettable live-music shows since it opened its doors. Located in the refurbished Temple Bar Music Centre on Curved St, this custom-designed music venue boasts state of the art sound and lighting systems.
First opened its doors in the autumn of 2010 and since then, has garnered a reputation as one of Dublin’s best music venues. Like the Ha’Penny Bridge that it overlooks it has become a Dublin landmark. The venue has hosted a galaxy of stars including Primal Scream, Django Django, Kevin Rowland, Michael Kiwanaku, Gruff Rhys, Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Damien Dempsey and many many more. This is the first year TradFest has crossed the Ha’penny to visit our neighbour and we can’t wait.