Thinking of heading back to Ireland for a holiday this year then you might want to time your trip so you can get to see some of the biggest acts that will be playing in Ireland in 2017.
It’s easily one of the finest albums to come out of Ireland so it’s no wonder we’ve all gone bonkers with the news that U2 are taking their 1987 masterpiece The Joshua Tree on tour.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary Bono and the lads will revisit GAA HQ, Croke Park on Saturday July 22.
“It’s going to be a great night in Dublin,” says Bono. “Croke Park is where the album was born 30 years ago.”
The U2 announcement has been added to the list of great gigs already booked for 2017.
Get the diary out and start snapping up tickets for some of the other whopper gigs not to be missed in Ireland in 2017:
Irish Gig Guide 2017
“Now that The End is coming nearer and nearer, I must say that I’m really gutted,” says madcap frontman Ozzy Osbourne
Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath are on the road for their farewell tour, ‘The End.’
They play 3Arena on Friday January 20. Get tickets HERE .
BAND OF HORSES
The indie rock heroes play Dublin’s Vicar St on February in support of their highly-acclaimed fifth studio album, ‘Why Are You OK’, co-produced by the band and Jason Lytle and executive produced by Rick Rubin. Tickets priced €33.50, get HERE .
Hip hop star Drake’s two concerts at Dublin’s 3Arena on next month sold out in minutes.
Irish fans lucky enough to snap up tickets for the Boy Meets World Tour on February 19 and 20 are in for a treat and can expect to hear whopper hits such as Hotline Bling, One Dance and Best I Ever Had.
Rockers Elbow play two sold-out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Sunday February 26 and Monday February 27. But don’t worry if you didn’t get a ticket as they’re also playing Live At The Marquee, Cork on Wednesday June 21.
The contemporary Irish music supergroup are playing a record-breaking seven night sold-out run in the National Concert Hall from March 6 – 14. You have to see these guys live to see the magic. They’re phenomenal.
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
The Jesus And Mary Chain Bring ‘The Joy And Damage Tour’ To Dublin’s Academy on April 7 but sadly it’s already sold-out.
The five-piece will go back out on the road in the new year in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Damage and Joy’. The new record, set for release on March 23, will be the band’s first full-length release in over 18 years, having reunited in 2007 after eight years apart.
Tickets for Bruno Mars’ Dublin dates were snapped up instantly.
The Grammy winning artist is set to take to the 3Arena stage as part of his 24k Magic World Tour on April 30, in addition to his concert on April 29.
The Nineties pop favourites are set to bring fans their most exciting live experience to date when they hit the road this year with ‘Wonderland Live’. Gary, Mark and Howard are releasing their brand new album ‘Wonderland’, in March. And for the first time ever, the band’s main stage will be in the centre of the arena floor, giving Irish fans a truly unique and memorable experience like never before. They play Dublin’s 3Arena on May 15 and 16.
GUNS N ROSES
The US rockers last performed on Irish soil in 1992 at Slane Castle – and 25 years later, they’re going to rock out at Slane again.
Tickets are sold out for the show on May 27 but there are tickets available on Seatwave .
The German electro pioneers are bringing their critically acclaimed Kraftwerk 3-D live shows – which see Ralf Hutter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert and Falk Grieffenhagen performing with the aid of high-tech 3D video backdrops and special lighting effects. ‘Werk’ will be visiting Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre on June 2 and 3. Tickets priced from €62.50.
Radiohead tickets for their only Irish show sold out in minutes last November, leaving many fans disappointed.
The 3 Arena show takes place on Tuesday, June 20. We’re still holding out for a second date but it’s looking unlikely at the moment.
The Nobel Prize winning legend is set to play a concert in the 3Arena on May 11.
Dylan has won 11 Grammy Awards and also picked up an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the song Things Have Changed from Wonder Boys. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
ELTON JOHN AND HIS BAND
In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the top-selling music artists in the world. The Crocodile Rocker will bring his unforgettable live show back to Live At The Marquee in Cork on JUNE 20.
More than four and a half decades after their formation in the Houston area, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top are set to begin a new tour this year.
The Tonnage Tour comes at the heels of the release of ZZ Top’s Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World. The legendary rockers play 3Arena on Friday 28 July.
One of the most influential American bands of the last decade Fleet Foxes are playing two shows at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on July 13 (sold-out) and 14. The concerts marks Fleet Foxes first Irish appearances since June 2011 at the Marquee in Cork.
Other big shows worth noting scheduled for later this year include Simple Minds (Olympia Theatre, June 7-8), Aerosmith (3Arena, June 14) and Robbie Williams (Aviva Stadium, June 17).
Phil Collins (Aviva Stadium, June 25), Greenday (Royal Hospital Kilmainham, June 29), Coldplay (Croke Park, July 8), Red Hot Chilli Peppers (3Arena, September 20, 21), Emile Sande (3Arena, October 27) and Little Mix (3Arena, November 6) are also booked to play these shores.