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TradFest 2025

TradFest is a joyful celebration of Irish music and culture that takes place each January in Dublin, Ireland. Experience live music in the best pubs and music venues in Dublin city centre and beyond.

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About TradFest

Our story: celebrating Irish identity through live music in dublin

TradFest 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.

A unique event like no other, TradFest is the best place to experience live Irish music in January.
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What's On at TradFest

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.

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2024 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. Explore our iconic music venues in Dublin below.

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Tradfest Podcast

Listen to our latest podcast

This captivating three-part series is set to delve into the rich and often overlooked contributions of marginalized groups to the flourishing Irish music tradition and scene.

TradFest, Ireland’s largest trad and folk music festival, is proud to announce the launch of their brand-new podcast, “Talking Trad”. Supported by the Arts Council, the Talking Trad Podcasts will have a specific focus on Irish traveller musicians, women, and new Irish communities.

The podcast is hosted by three key figures in Irish music – Steo Wall, Farah Elle, and Aoife Scott. “Talking Trad” aims to bring to light the untold stories, experiences, and talents of those who have shaped and preserved Irish traditional and folk music throughout the years.

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TradFest 2023 LINE UP

Stay tuned for our 2024 line up!


Festival FAQ's


You can view our full line up for 2024 here.

Stay tuned for our 2025 artists!


Tickets will become available on this website when our 2025 programme will be announced in Autumn 2024.


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.


Dublin has a huge variety of accommodation which you can explore on Dublin’s official tourism website here.

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Have a look at what happened in 2024

A stunning visual history of TradFest, from the grandeur of the city’s cathedrals and concert halls to the intimacy of the best pubs and music venues in Dublin.
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