Singing from the City’s Rafters

MusicTown Festival Revels in Dublin’s Fair Tuned City for a Second Year!

Dublin is all about music and this April our city will celebrate its rich melodic heritage and modern-day musical maestros as MusicTown returns for its second year. Organised by Dublin City Council, the festival showcases the vast musical talent and vibrant musical culture that permeates throughout our Capital City. MusicTown’s eclectic programme has something for all ages and interests, celebrating all types of music created and enjoyed throughout the city today; from classical to pop, trad to rock, psychedelic to opera, electronic and everything in between. This is MusicTown 2016.

MusicTown is the story of music in contemporary Dublin. Its twelve day programme will harness the city’s magical sounds and musical insights and amplify it to a wider audience. MusicTown Executive Director and City Arts Officer, Ray Yeates states:

“Originally MusicTown was called ‘all of Dublin’s music’ and this sums up the Arts Office approach to this Festival. There is much more that connects music of all kinds than divides it and MusicTown seeks to showcase the best of Dublin’s music while also encouraging new audiences to try new musical experiences. Handel’s music also has a special place in MusicTown and his work remains as a role model for collaboration and innovation. So from Handel to Hip Hop and from Opera to Electronic, Contemporary Classical and Experimental, all of this and more besides is MusicTown. I am delighted to announce that plans are well advanced to invite choirs from across the world to collaborate together in Dublin for MusicTown 2017 and in response to the suggestions of musicians and music organisations commissioning for 2017 and 2018 will begin shortly to give them the lead time necessary to continue to develop programming opportunities for this unique musical initiative.”

The festival will bring music to some of our most respected institutions, venerable venues and beyond, with performances programmed in iconic and unexpected locations alike.

MusicTown aims to unify the city, making its music relatable and accessible, instilling a sense of pride  in Dublin’s musical heritage, legacy and artists. Concerts, master classes, workshops and talks will  work together to celebrate our city’s music-makers – composers to lyricists, to conductors, singers, musicians and producers.

MusicTown celebrates the best, the next and the unexpected.

Tá áit lárnach ag ceol sa chathair agus tá ‘ceol na cathrach’ fite fuaite inár saolta. Is éard ata i gceist  ag Music Town/Baile Átha an Cheoil ná ceiliúradh speisialta ar thraidisiúin, ar thallann agus ar oidhreacht ár gceoltóirí.

Bainimid ceol as an saol!


Festival Team

Executive Director Ray Yeates
Festival General Manager Karen Walshe
Festival Assistant Manager Brian Sinnott
Festival Programmers Karen Walshe & Brian Sinnott
Social Media Nora Costigan & Madeleine Frasca (intern)
Assistant Copywriter Kevin Browne (intern)
PR  Conway Communications
Administration Catherine Neville 
Design & Web Development Hilary Kavanagh. Brian Doody, Eclipse
Steering Group: Deirdre McCrea, Donal Sheils, Karina Lundstrom & Sinead Connolly
Curatorial Team:  Caroline Wynne, Mary Hickson, Matthew Nolan & Tom Creed


April 6th – 17th


Events will take place at all types of venues throughout the city of Dublin.


Events will take place mostly at night but check the schedule to find the daily schedule and your preferred genre.


Search for an event and simply click on the Buy A Ticket button to purchase your ticket through the venue ticketing partner. Good News – some of the events are free!

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