Browse our list of some of the top concert venues in Ireland. From major chart topping bands to comedy nights, these venues host an array of national and international acts.
National Concert Hall
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Dublin
The National Concert Hall is Ireland’s most prestigious music venue.
This magnificent building was designed in the classical style for the Great Exhibition of 1865. It subsequently became the centre piece of the emerging UCD (University College Dublin) before its inauguration as Ireland’s National Concert Hall on the 9th September 1981.
As well as weekly performances by the NSOI (National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland), the National Concert Hall promotes a programme of visiting international artists and orchestras, as well as concerts of jazz, contemporary and traditional Irish music. In additional to this, its popular Education and Outreach Programme presents concerts and events for families and children throughout the year.
26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, Dublin
Younger sibling to its London namesake, The Village forsakes Dublin’s obsession with the traditional look and goes for something a bit more stark and futuristic, along the lines of many of Manchester’s postindustrial style café bars.
Upstairs is a major venue for upcoming bands and there are regular club nights.
St John’s Theatre and Arts Centre
The Square, Listowel, Kerry
The building was originally a church however following extensive restoration it now houses the main venue in the South West for Theatre, Music and Dance. St John’s runs a broad programme throughout the year feacturing local, national and international productions.
Royal Dublin Society (RDS)
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Dublin
The Royal Dublin Society was founded to promote the development of agriculture, arts, science and industry in Ireland.
Located in Ballsbridge, the grounds has a multi-purpose exhibition halls (major concerts are regularly held here), the RDS stadium, meeting rooms, bars, restaurants and car park.
The O2 Arena
Point Depot, East Link Bridge, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, Dublin
The O2 Arena is the main port of call for most international artists that visit Dublin.
58-59 Vicar Street, Thomas Street, Dublin 8, Dublin
Vicar Street can cater for 700 seated or 850 standing, with the configuration of the room such that no member of the audience will be more than 40 feet away from the stage. It has a state of the art sound system, full air conditioning and a full bar service.
Slane Concert is now a major international attraction and has featured many top artists over the years. Held in the summer in the grounds of Slane Castle, the venue is perhaps one of the most striking in these islands. Details on dates and ticket outlets can be obtained from the Tourist Office in Trim.
South Circular Road, Dublin 8, Dublin
The National Stadium is host to a range of both sporting and music events. A modern 2,000 seat venue conveniently located in the heart of Dublin City.