Ireland gig guide - Taylor Swift, Longitude and this week's biggest concerts (2024)

It's a big week for Irish music fans with a number of high-profile taking place over the coming days.

While Taylor Swift may be dominating the headlines, there's plenty of huge gigs taking place to cater for non-Swifties, including the biggest A-list hip-hop and dance music festival in Ireland, a double bill featuring two of the biggest bands of the '90s and an intimate gig from one of greatest female artists of all time.

Here's is your guide to this week's biggest concerts in Ireland.

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Taylor Swift

Aviva Stadium, Dublin - Friday, Saturday & Sunday (SOLD OUT)

It's the biggest hype-machine gig in Ireland since a certain honky-tonk hero with friends in low places, and this Taylor Swift circus makes a Bruce Springsteen tour seem like a local pub gig.

Since tickets went on sale and immediately sold out a year ago, Swift has simply just become the music industry, and everyone else has a bit part.

Even Beyonce’s mega-hyped Cowboy Carter album has been and gone and left the news cycle in Taylor’s wake.

There’s even been endless articles about ‘Swiftonomics’ — and how a Taylor tour can sway the economics of a whole region.

It’ll swing for Dublin in the way of bonkers hotel prices, taxi surge fares, and flights into the city from overseas fans who had no luck in their own countries. Then there’s the thousands of bootleg T-shirts and other merch, to mingle with the real deal from inside the Aviva.

But for the eye-watering prices and the hype that’s near impossible to match, a Taylor Swift gig in 2024 is no rip-off.

The Eras tour celebrates just that — all of her album cycles within their own segment, with their own backdrops and presentation, with Swift playing well over three hours.

It’s already the highest grossing live tour of all time, and also one of the most choreographically pristine, with few bum notes or glitches — mistakes would be pounced on in today’s social media predator culture.

It’s also been the biggest rush on tickets in recent memory, so hold on tight to yours if you got one.

Patti Smith

Vicar Street, Dublin - Friday, €79 (Ticketmaster resale only)

This is billed as “The Patti Smith Quartet”, but if you’re doing a double-take half expecting a baroque string section, don’t worry.

This is the proto-punk icon in stripped-down band mode — guitarist Lenny Kaye, who she has collaborated with since 1971, drummer Jay Dee Daugherty (since 1975), bassist Tony Shanahan (since 1996), and her son Jackson Smith on guitar, who has worked with her for over a decade.

These days Smith doesn’t just do gigs — over the past decade I’ve seen her a few times and she seems to bless the ground and summon genuine power from the Earth, amid the poetic, fist-up anthems like ‘People Have the Power’, ‘Gloria’, ‘Dancing Barefoot’, and inspiring covers of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Midnight Oil.

Between songs, it feels like she’s delivering a poetic speech for the ages, rather than rock’n’roll banter.

As well as a legend in music since the 70s, Smith is an accomplished author, visual artist, poet and human rights activist — and, at 75, don’t expect her to go gentle into that good night...

Patti Smith's upcoming gig at Vicar Street is sold out but there are a limited number of resale tickets available to purchase via Ticketmaster.

Longitude

Marlay Park, Dublin - Saturday & Sunday, €199.50 (weekend) and €99.90 (single day)

While many music fans feel like tapping out of youth-focused festivals such as Forbidden Fruit when they hit 30, if you’re even 25 at Longitude you’re either minding your younger sibling or you’re a cop straight out of Templemore training college, in Penneys shades and a bum bag.

The annual weekender at Marlay Park has now become the biggest A-list hip-hop and dance music festival in Ireland, after a few years of tweaking the formula a decade or so ago.

So while the first few years had the likes of Kraftwerk, Mark Lanegan, The National, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Massive Attack, in recent times it’s been teen sesh-friendly acts like Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B and so on.

This year it’s headlined by young UK drill star Central Cee and viral rap meme queen Doja Cat, alongside 21 Savage, Becky Hill and Sonny Fodera.

And there’s a big Irish crew, including blk., Jen Payne, NewEra, Hyyken, and Belters Only playing another big outdoor show.

Saturday tickets for this year's festival cost €125 not including booking fee and are available via Ticketmaster, while Sunday tickets cost €99.90. The weekend package works out at €199.50.

Air

Trinity College, Dublin - Sunday, SOLD OUT

While every student gaff in Ireland during the late 1990s had posters of Pulp Fiction, the ‘Choose Life’ Trainspotting monologue, and David Gray’s White Ladder CD, the slightly more discerning fan had Air’s Moon Safari close to the stereo.

French duo Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel’s debut album was a touchstone for elegant downtempo electronic pop and psychedelia, and hit singles like Sexy Boy, Kelly Watch the Stars, and All I Need have influenced electronic pop for decades.

The duo celebrated the album’s 25th anniversary last year by announcing this world tour, playing the album in full for the first time.

A chance to be transported by sophisticated electronica, and a portal to the sound of a generation when they were taking a night off to contemplate life.

Sunday's gig is sold out but there are a handful of resale tickets available via Ticketmaster.

Suede and Manic Street Preachers

Trinity College, Dublin - Tuesday, SOLD OUT

Touring together for the first time since 1994, Suede and Manic Street Preachers are going on a joint headline tour to indulge the more cerebral veteran indie fan out there.

On the road at the same time as Liam Gallagher’s Definitely Maybe 30th anniversary tour, Suede and the Manics are polar opposites to the oi oi lad Britpop we’ve been fed as nostalgia fodder for years.

Compared with Oasis’s rock’n’roll swagger, the Manics’ fiercely political and poetic stance, and Suede’s tales of sex and self-loathing, are hardly joyous anthems on paper, but both have evolved from cult student fan bases to national indie treasure status.

The bands are alternating the start and finishing slots, with equal time on the bill, so this is the one time you really want to get there early — because no matter who starts first, there’s ‘no support’.

Tuesday's gig at Trinity College is sold out but there are a handful of resale tickets available via Ticketmaster.

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