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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., 26/07/2017
Friday 28th July 2017
Concert: Chuck Prophet

Friday 28th July at 10pm

Set Theatre, John St

Tickets - €21. Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny presents...Chuck Prophet describes his new disc BOBBY FULLER DIED FOR YOUR SINS (Yep Roc) as “California Noir.”

Concert: Yorkstone / Thorne / Khan

Friday 28th July from 8pm

Cleeres Theatre, Parliment Street

Tickets - €15. Yorkstone / Thorne / Khan will perform in support of their new album "Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars", which is a collection of traditional Indian and UK folk songs, beautiful originals and idiosyncratic covers,

Saturday 29th July 2017
Concert: The Riptide Movement

Saturday 29th July from 7pm

Ballykeeffe Ampitheatre, Kilmanagh, Co.Kilkenny

Tickets - €25. Touring in support of their 2016 album "Ghosts"

Friday 11th August 2017
Concert: Kevin Rowland (Dexys) DJ Set

Friday 11th August at 11pm

Set Theatre, John St

Tickets - €11. AKA Fringe/Rollercoaster Records presents leader of the iconic Dexys Midnight Runners, now Dexys after their successful comeback in 2012 after 25 years hiatus, Kevin Rowland’s musical genius has made him a highly respected and in-demand DJ.

Saturday 12th August 2017
Concert: The Frank and Walters

Saturday 12th August at 7pm

Ballykeeffe Ampitheatre, Kilmanagh, Co.Kilkenny

Tickets - €20. The Frank & Walters are synonymous with great albums, radio hits and a live show that has taken them all over the world during the course of a celebrated and critically acclaimed career.

Saturday 19th August 2017
Concert: Ham Sandwich

Saturday 19th August from 7pm

Ballykeeffe Ampitheatre, Kilmanagh, Co.Kilkenny

Tickets - €20. One of Ireland’s most enthralling live acts in recent times, HamsandwicH are well known for their incendiary live performances which has established them as one of the top touring acts in the country.

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.

Saturday 26th August 2017
Concert: Stockton's Wing

Saturday 26th August from 7pm

Ballykeeffe Ampitheatre, Kilmanagh, Co.Kilkenny

Tickets - €25. Stockton’s Wing began their career in Ennis sometime in 1977 with Kieran Hanrahan on banjo, mandolin and harmonica, Paul Roche on Flute and whistle, Maurice Lennon on fiddle, Tommy Hayes on Bodhran, spoons and bones and Tony Callinan on guitar and vocals.

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

Sunday 19th November 2017
Concert: Tom Russell

Sunday 19th November from 8pm

Set Theatre, John Street

Tickets - €21.Tickets - €21.  Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. 

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Concert: Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue)

Wednesday 6th December from 8pm

Set Theatre, John Street

Tickets - €21. Tickets - €21. Ricky Ross formed Deacon Blue over 30 years ago. 2017 see the 30th anniversary of the release of their debut album, Raintown. He has released two solo albums What You Are [1996] and New Recording [1997].

Thursday 15th March 2018
Kilkenny TradFest 2018

Thursday 15th to Monday 19th March

Various Venues across Kilkenny City

In 2018, the 6th Kilkenny Tradfest will take over the city for a St Patrick’s Weekend full of craic agus ceol. The festival offers an amazing mix of live music performances, music and dance workshops & family activities.

Friday 16th March 2018
Kilkenny TradFest 2018

Thursday 15th to Monday 19th March

Various Venues across Kilkenny City

In 2018, the 6th Kilkenny Tradfest will take over the city for a St Patrick’s Weekend full of craic agus ceol. The festival offers an amazing mix of live music performances, music and dance workshops & family activities.

Saturday 17th March 2018
Kilkenny TradFest 2018

Thursday 15th to Monday 19th March

Various Venues across Kilkenny City

In 2018, the 6th Kilkenny Tradfest will take over the city for a St Patrick’s Weekend full of craic agus ceol. The festival offers an amazing mix of live music performances, music and dance workshops & family activities.

Sunday 18th March 2018
Kilkenny TradFest 2018

Thursday 15th to Monday 19th March

Various Venues across Kilkenny City

In 2018, the 6th Kilkenny Tradfest will take over the city for a St Patrick’s Weekend full of craic agus ceol. The festival offers an amazing mix of live music performances, music and dance workshops & family activities.

Friday 4th May 2018
Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018

Friday 4th to Monday 7th 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 5th May 2018
Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018

Friday 4th to Monday 7th 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.

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