TradFest 2023 Kilkenny is Back – Happening Alongside St. Patrick’s Weekend

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With over 100 concerts and music trails in its kitty, the Kilkenny TradFest is all set to entertain people over the St. Patrick’s weekend.

Taking place from 5th to 19th March this year, the Kilkenny TradFest traces its origin to 2013 when it was first established. It is organised by Kilkenny City Vintners sponsored by Bulmers, and is supported by Kilkenny County Council.

TradFest is synonymous with having a good time, and it always delivers. That is why, it has attracted numerous accolades over the years. In fact in 2016, it was awarded ‘Small Festival of the Year’ award by the prestigious IMRO music body ‘in recognition of Ireland’s live music venues who provide the public with exceptional live music experiences, week in, week out’. It was nominated again in 2019.

So what can you expect over the St. Patrick’s weekend at the TradFest in Kilkenny? You would want to know all about the headline gigs, and the full programme of events, won’t you?

Fear not. Here’s the link to the full list of gigs and the Bulmers Music Trail. There are also a mix of various ticketed and free events. Plus St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny takes place on the same weekend. So really, you have got your hands full, or shall we say your diary is all ‘booked’ out.

Do make a point of checking out all the gigs, and zero down on what you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Kilkenny is famed for its fantastic pubs and venues, and the TradFest gives everyone a perfect opportunity to enjoy Irish traditional and folk music. All concert tickets are now on sale and the music trail is live – so you can start planning a great weekend of music in Kilkenny

We know you think it’s only February, but we are nearly at the end of it. And tickets to concerts, events and gigs sell out quickly. Some tickets may have been bought and all lapped up even while you were reading this line! So if you’re really keen on the TradFest, better book book right now. And secure your craic.

(P.S. You can check out our piece on how the Temple Bar TradFest in Dublin shone a spotlight on all-women acts here.)

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Prerna Shah
Prerna Shah
Prerna Shah is a media and content professional with over a decade of experience in both print as well as digital. She pursues her love of a good story and storytelling by writing features, blogs, essays and interviews.

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