A Guide to The Temple Bar TradFest 2024


Ready to dive into TradFest 2024 but unsure where to begin? Fear not! The team here at The Temple Bar Pub have put together a handy guide to help you navigate TradFest 2024 and ensure you don’t miss a beat during this year’s festivities. 

This multi-day festival honours Irish culture at its very core, drawing music enthusiasts and cultural connoisseurs from all corners of the world. From its humble beginnings almost 20 years ago, this highly anticipated annual extravaganza has evolved into a global showcase, and this year’s edition is not expected to disappoint. TradFest 2024 has a huge schedule of exciting cultural events and incredible music gigs planned all across Dublin.

What is TradFest?

TradFest is Ireland’s grandest trad and folk music festival, where history meets harmony and the echoes of fiddles and bodhráns fill the air! This five-day event celebrates Irish identity through a lively showcase of music by both established maestros and rising stars, with a range of free and ticketed performances around the city.

Since beginning in 2005, TradFest has evolved into becoming a leading cultural event in Ireland. The annual extravaganza now transforms the bustling Temple Bar, and the wider Dublin area, into a haven for lovers of traditional Irish music and culture! 

Performances at TradFest 2024

TradFest offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience live Irish music in Dublin with a top-tier schedule of events, with something to surprise and delight around every corner in Dublin during the festival. Trust us when we say, that whatever you’re looking for, TradFest has it; from a cracking trad sesh to a classic ceolchoirm and everything in between! With so much to offer, we’ve taken the liberty of breaking down some of our favourite scheduled performances to help you plan and prepare to enjoy some of the finest toe-tapping Irish music around. 

TradFest’s concert series is the crown jewel of this multi-day festival, showcasing top-tier artists in breathtaking, historic venues across the city. Picture this: the iconic Collins Barracks, the electric atmosphere of The National Stadium, and the historical allure of the GPO Museum hosting performances by legends like Mary Black, Frances Black, Freddie White, Molly Donnery, and more. Tickets for TradFest concert series can be purchased online, be sure to snag them before they sell out. 

While the larger gigs are a huge hit with tourists and locals alike, there is so much more to the festival. For those seeking a more intimate musical affair, look no further than the Smithwick’s Sessions. These free unticketed gigs transform some of Temple Bar’s most beloved pubs into cosy, toe-tapping havens. And yes, that includes us – The Temple Bar Pub! Expect acoustic serenades, foot-stomping rhythms, and an atmosphere like no other, every single day!

TradFest Showcase Nights do exactly what they promise – they’re the launchpad for the best new talent, shining bright for industry insiders. It’s where musical dreams flourish, and you get a front-row seat to witness the birth of the next big thing. So, keep your eyes peeled and your ears tuned for those future chart-toppers!

But wait, there’s more! TradFringe invites you to explore the quirky, the unexpected, and the downright fascinating happenings on the festival’s periphery. From street performances to pop-up gigs in unconventional spots, it’s a chance to stumble upon hidden musical gems that might just become your new favourites.

Smithwick’s  Sessions at The Temple Bar Pub

This year we look forward to playing a pivotal role in the 2024 edition of the TradFest, as one of the hosts of the Smithwick’s Sessions. Guests of The Temple Bar Pub can expect a week filled with lively tunes, great craic, and an unparalleled atmosphere during TradFest 2024. 

Circle the dates on your calendar from Wednesday, January 24th, to Sunday, January 28th, because we’ve got something special lined up every single day at The Temple Bar Pub! It is a series of free unticketed gigs that are set to steal the spotlight during this year’s TradFest, featuring a lineup of both new and established Irish talent that will have you tapping your feet in delight!

Curious about who’ll be taking the stage? We’ve got Indistinct Chatter, The Murphy Sisters, The Finns, and more lined up.  So, round up your friends or make some new ones, and join us for a music session at The Temple Bar Pub. Enjoy flowing pints, contagious laughter, and incredible music throughout the week. Trust us, you won’t want to miss a beat! 

So, whether you’re a die-hard trad fan or someone just looking for a good time, TradFest 2024 has it all. Drop by and join us in celebrating this year at The Temple Bar Pub. Grab your dancing shoes, and get ready to be swept away by the infectious rhythm of one of Dublin’s best-loved celebrations!