Dublin has a festival to suit everyone

If all you can think of is St Patrick’s day when you hear the words festival and Dublin, then you are in for a big surprise as the small capital with the big personality has loads to offer in the way of flamboyant and top class events. Dublin is fast becoming a world stage for film makers, street performers, artists and talented musicians, as well as sailors and horse riders.

Whether you are a festival junkie or simply seeking a new and unusual experience, then Dublin will fit the bill. What’s even better is how easy it is to get there, as flights to Dublin from the London City Airport take only 80 minutes.

We’ve picked the best of the bunch of Dublin’s festivals to help you create your own unforgettable Dublin festival experience.

MUSIC FANS: Mix it up with art, music, comedy and theatre

Electric Picnic is a music and arts festival held on the rolling hills of Stradbally Hall, the perfect setting for a feast of eclectic music and entertainment. The three day festival presents international headliners, rising stars and national treasures, as well as an impressive schedule of art, theatre and comedy to keep everyone’s taste buds well and truly tickled.  This year’s line up includes The Cure, The Killers, Hot Chip, The XX, The Maccabees and many, many more heart-thumping acts.

When: 31stAug, 1st and 2nd Sept

Where: Stradbally Hall, a 50 minute drive from Dublin or just over one hour’s drive from Dublin International Airport. Dublin Coach operates a service to nearby Portlaoise, where a shuttle will be provided to the festival site.

Cost: Weekend camping ticket: €230. Sunday day tickets: €99.50

CREATIVES:  Push the limits of your imagination

ABSOLUT Fringe is Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival and promises to transform Dubin into a ‘dream factory’ of creative talent from across the globe. It is a platform for new and emerging Irish arts companies and showcases the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. This wholly curated festival seeks innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience.

When: 8th-23rd Sept

Where: Various venues across the city

Cost: Ticket prices vary, with free admission for some shows

THEATRICALS:  See the city ablaze with the best acts in the world

Dublin Theatre Festival has presented some of the world’s most highly acclaimed artists, while also premiering work by the biggest names in Irish theatre. International artists welcomed to the stage have included Vanessa Redgrave, James Cromwell, Neve Campbell and Geoffrey Rush. Names from Irish theatre, such as Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and Tom Murphy, make the list of artists even more impressive.

The programme incorporates everything from cutting-edge theatre and dance to the best acts on Broadway and in 2011 presented 553 performances in 25 venues across the city.

When: 27 Sept – 14 Oct

Where: Various venues across the city

Costs: Various depending on performance

GUINNESS DRINKERS: Sip and sing along to well-loved bands

Guinness celebrates the legacy of Arthur Guinness, the creator of the famous Irish drink, by putting together an incredible line up of Irish and international artists to play at a series of intimate gigs across the country. Scissor Sisters, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris, Aloe Blacc and Ryan Sheridan were among the big names who performed during last year’s event.

When: 27th September

Where: Various pubs and clubs in Dublin and beyond

Costs: Yet to be announced

If you are planning on flying over to Dublin for one of these festivals, London City Airport has created a handy guide to Dublin. If you only have a short time, don’t worry, their handy 24 hour guide will help you to get the most out of the city.