Pack your rucksack, listen to the line-up’s back catalogue and browse the sales for the best tent your budget can buy, there’s plenty to be seen in Ireland this summer. At Feel Good Contact Lenses, we wish we could be coming with you, but instead you’ll have to make do with our list of top festival picks.
Longitude 2016 -15th-17th July
Top of your wish-list surely has to be this year’s Longitude Festival in Marlay Park, South Dublin. With a line-up that includes Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Jamie XX, the Lumineers, Chvrches, Diplo, Annie Mac and plenty of homegrown Irish talent, you’ll be spoilt for choice, no matter what your musical preferences.
Electric Picnic -2nd-4th September
So it may be a bit later on in the summer, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the always-glorious Irish weather before heading back to work or university. You’ll have plenty to choose from at this exciting event in Stradbally, County Laois. Some of the well-known names performing at this year’s edition include Lana Del Ray, LCD Sound System, the Chemical Brothers, the 1975, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and New Order.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016 - 14th-21st August
Well it wouldn’t be a list of the best Irish festivals without including some traditional Irish folk music, would it? Starting out in Mullingar in 1951, Fleadh Cheoil has developed a legendary following and is one of the most famous folk festivals that is attended by people from all around the world. This year, the event is being held in Ennis, County Clare, and is set to be one of the most impressive displays of Irish, and folk, tradition on offer this summer.
Craggy Island Festival- 15-17th July
We’ve saved the weirdest till last, however this festival could be first place in our hearts. ‘Go on, go on, go on, go on’ and make the journey to Inis Óirr (Inisheer) and join in with the celebration of the beloved TV sitcom and national treasure, Father Ted. Take some of that money that’s just ‘resting’ in your account and get yourself a ticket to the Craggy Island Festival, which will feature a wide range of musical acts, stand-up comedy, themed events, and even appearances from a number of your favourite characters. So if you want to listen to Eion Mc’Love in his poetry corner, play football with Father Damo, or even be in ironic stiches after seeing the deadpan routine of Father Stone, this is the event for you!
We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t tell you to keep your eyes safe in the sun at your festival of choice this summer! If you’re a contact lens wearer, Feel Good Contact Lenses have everything you need to look after your eyes away from home with our selection of travel packs and daily disposable lenses.
You can also follow our 10 tips to look after your lenses at any festival you’re going to this summer.