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By night Kilkenny comes alive as visitors and locals alike enjoy the city's vibrant cultural and entertainment life. The city offers an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan designer bars, and traditional old style hostelries. What better way to spend an evening than enjoying a meal in one of the many restaurants throughout Kilkenny? Live music and theatre takes place throughout the week, so whether your taste is for dance music, poetry, theatre or rock! - Kilkenny has something to offer you.

Kilkenny’s intimate size and wonderfully atmospheric venue make it a magical location for the many festivals that fill the calendar each year. With music spilling onto the streets and venues within walking distance of each other, the whole city celebrates. For festivals and events, Kilkenny has it all.

Whatever your heart desires, open it to Kilkenny.

E.g., 2017-04-27
Wednesday 26th April 2017
Concert: A night for Chernobyl: 31st Anniversary

Wednesday 26th April at 7.30pm

Set Theatre, John St

Tickets - €25. Bell X 1’s frontman Paul Noonan, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Gavin Glass, Ollie Cole, and Ian Doyle (The Man Whom) will perform at Set Theatre, Kilkenny on April 26 to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. 

Friday 28th April 2017
Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May

Venues across Kilkenny City

Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.

Saturday 29th April 2017
Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May

Venues across Kilkenny City

Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.

Sunday 30th April 2017
Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May

Venues across Kilkenny City

Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.

Monday 1st May 2017
Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May

Venues across Kilkenny City

Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.

Sunday 7th May 2017
Concert: Aine Cahill

Sunday 7th May at 8pm

Set Theatre, John St

Tickets - €11. Aine Cahill gets her inspiration from contemporary pop music and combines it with classic Jazz from the 1950's to create her own take on music and showcasing her incredible storytelling ability. Very strong melodies mixed with her lyrical content allows the audience to escape into another world.

Saturday 13th May 2017
Concert: Talos

Saturday 13th May at 9pm

Set Theatre, John St

Tickets - €12. Talos - aka Eoin French - releases a new single, ‘Odyssey’, on February 17. It’s a swirling, romantic slice of poised electronic pop that builds to a contradictorily euphoric climax, one that belies the self-doubt at the heart of the track.

Sunday 14th May 2017
Concert: Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 14th May at 4pm

Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan

Tickets - €15. The new Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra is composed of the most advanced part-time students of orchestral instruments at the RIAM.

Thursday 18th May 2017
Concert: We Banjo 3

Thursday 18th May at 8pm

Set Theatre, John St

Tickets - €19. Credit to Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by plying their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.”

Friday 19th May 2017
Concert: Caoimhin O Raghallaigh & Cormac Begley

Friday 19th May at 9.30pm

Cleeres, Parliment St

Tickets - €15. Throughout the concert, the pair play a number of very unusual instruments that extend the musical and sonic range available to them: bass, baritone and piccolo concertinas combining with a 10-string hardanger d'Amore fiddle and Dali-esque 5-string viola.

Friday 26th May 2017
Concert: The Unity Singers

Friday 26th May at 8pm

St Mary's Cathedral, James Street

Tickets - €25. The Unity Singers celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a concert at the beautiful St Mary's Cathedral with support from Cara O'Sullivan, Tanya Sewell and the Clonmel Concert Band.

Wednesday 31st May 2017
Concert: Garry Tallent from The E Street Band with Kevin Montgomery

Wednesday 31st May from 8pm

Set Theatre, John St

Tickets - €21. The longtime bassist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band will be the boss this May when Garry Tallent embarks on his first solo run.  He, along with Nashville singer-songwriter Kevin Montgomery will be stopping by The Set Theatre in Kilkenny with his 7 piece band featuring Americana favorites, Fats Kaplan and Kristi Rose.

Sunday 20th August 2017
Kilkenny Country Music Festival Kilkenny Country Music Festival

Sunday 20th August

Gowran Park, Gowran

This truly unique festival is set in the idyllic grounds of Gowran Park with built in facilities, a giant dance floor, easy parking and 10 minutes from the motorway this venue has it all..Join us for a day of fun, music and dance with some of the best Country musicians in Ireland including Mike Denver and many more.

Friday 27th October 2017
Rockfall Festival 2017

Friday 27th to Monday 30th October

Venues across Kilkenny City

The Music festival began in 1989 with six music venues around Kilkenny City and was run over three nights. In the intervening years the festival has grown both in terms of venues and now the festival was run over four nights and in 22 venues around the City and attracted approximately 10,000 people to the Festival’s gigs

Saturday 28th October 2017
Rockfall Festival 2017

Friday 27th to Monday 30th October

Venues across Kilkenny City

The Music festival began in 1989 with six music venues around Kilkenny City and was run over three nights. In the intervening years the festival has grown both in terms of venues and now the festival was run over four nights and in 22 venues around the City and attracted approximately 10,000 people to the Festival’s gigs

Sunday 29th October 2017
Rockfall Festival 2017

Friday 27th to Monday 30th October

Venues across Kilkenny City

The Music festival began in 1989 with six music venues around Kilkenny City and was run over three nights. In the intervening years the festival has grown both in terms of venues and now the festival was run over four nights and in 22 venues around the City and attracted approximately 10,000 people to the Festival’s gigs

Monday 30th October 2017
Rockfall Festival 2017

Friday 27th to Monday 30th October

Venues across Kilkenny City

The Music festival began in 1989 with six music venues around Kilkenny City and was run over three nights. In the intervening years the festival has grown both in terms of venues and now the festival was run over four nights and in 22 venues around the City and attracted approximately 10,000 people to the Festival’s gigs