Kilkenny Tradfest 2023 featured over 100 gigs, including over 90 free sessions on the Bulmers' Music Trail!

We were delighted to welcome some of Ireland’s top musicians, to the marble city.  Stockton’s Wing had everyone dancing in Hotel Kilkenny, Lisa Lambe performed beautifully in John’s Priory, while The Bonnymen had an untold number of guests and played well into the night in Billy Byrne’s. Cleere’s proved to be a stunning venue as always with Emma Langford and Eva Coyle and Paris Texas played host to up and coming trad band Tulua!!  

Kilkenny is famed for it’s fantastic pubs and venues and they were the perfect setting for the sessions on the Bulmers Music Trail. 

Kilkenny Tradfest will return in 2024, March 15th – 18th. Visitors can expect headline gigs, the Bulmers Music Trail, and a mix of ticketed and free events. Plus St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny takes place on the same weekend. There is fun guaranteed from day to night!

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Kilkenny TradFest was established in 2013. It is organised by Kilkenny City Vintners, sponsored by Bulmers, and is supported by Kilkenny County Council. Kilkenny TradFest has attracted numerous accolades and in 2016 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. Bígí Linn!