Saturday 14 December 2019

Bye bye Brooks, howdy bales and bunting, as city goes all country

Garth Brooks at Croke Park earlier this year
Garth Brooks at Croke Park earlier this year

Sam Griffin

BLUEGRASS, bunting and bales of hay will take over the capital's streets in the absence of the Garth Brooks concerts next weekend.

A total 70,000 overseas visitors had bought tickets and Failte Ireland is now promoting the 'Dublin Goes Country' campaign, a series of free music events, from Friday July 25 to Sunday July 27.

Whelan's Bluegrass, Country & Roots Festival: Whelan's on Camden Street, one of the capital's most iconic venues, will host four different bands nightly over the weekend.

Music will range from roots and trad to hardcore rock and will get under way from 8pm each night.

In Lonesome Dame: A specially-designed music stage in Dublin's Dame Lane, just off Dame Street, will host two free 'Country/ Americano' concerts on all three nights from 7pm until 10pm.

An area from Dame Lane towards Dame Court near Exchequer Street will be cordoned off with bales of hay and barn fences to make room for fore square dancing lessons, pinatas egg and spoon races and pin the tail on the donkey contests. Day-long barbeques will run on Saturday and Sunday only from midday.

Stetson and the City: Also scheduled for Saturday is a one-day music trail which will showcase up-and-coming country-western talent.

In total 16 acts will take part and the trail will see pop-up performances in venues from restaurants and bars to shops and street corners. Another gig will be at Dublin Airport.

Friends in Low Places: The festival's biggest event will take place in Dalymount Park, in Phibsborough, on Saturday where Friends in Low Places – dubbed the 'unofficially official' Garth Brooks tribute act – will play all the tracks the Nashville native won't be around to play himself.

More information is available from

More information on the events is available from

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