Fáilte Ireland has stepped into the gap left following the cancellation of the Garth Broooks series of concerts by announcing a citywide country & western festival to take place on the last weekend of July.
The festival was announced by Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, who said in a statement: “Garth may not be coming, but Dublin is still here and there’s a lot happening in Dublin that week. The tourism industry is working hard to ensure Garth Brooks fans will have a reason to still come. Fáilte Ireland and the city’s tourism industry have pulled out all the stops to add extra country and western themed events to make it a weekend to remember for all fans who come.”
The events are centered around the theme of ‘Dublin Goes Country’ and will be promoted internationally by Aer Lingus and Ryanair.
The fetival will include a series of music concerts at a variety of venues; themed menus at Dublin bars and restaurants and a series of nightly events featuring food, dance and music.
Highlights announced by the Minister include:
- Whelan’s Bluegrass, Country & Roots Festival, July 25-27th.
- In Lonesome Dame” – live Outdoor music in the Dame St District, July 25-27th.
- An ‘OK Corral’ Busking Trail – (Sat 26th July) from the Grafton Quarter to Wolf Tone Square; a busking trail of well-known and up and coming acts playing in key locations.
- Stetson and the City (Friday 25th) – a one day music trail, organised by the people behind Breakingtunes Irish Music portal and Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, will showcase some of the best new country and folk bands in Ireland right now.
Many tourism businesses taking part will be providing their own themed and related special events as well as special offers that weekend.