Ticket Watch: Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018

As the festival launches tonight, there's already plenty of shows sold out.

If you’ve been waiting for brochures for this year’s Kilkenny Roots Festival to land before deciding what to spring for, you could be out of luck.

The 21st Kilkenny Roots Festival has its official launch tonight at the Smithwick’s Experience and already there’s a good helping of shows sold out.

Granted, you won’t be without options – there’s around 90 shows this year and the majority of those are free. For the premium artists on the bill, time is ticket to get those sought-after tickets.

It starts with lunch

Two of the finest shows at the festival year after year are the lunchtime shows at Cleere’s on the Saturday and Sunday.

The honour this year for those shows go to Michael Nau (Saturday) and Deep Dark Woods (Sunday). Some tickets are left for Michael Nau, but you’re out of luck for the Sunday sermon with Deep Dark Woods.

Even before the lunchtime gigs, the Friday night kicks off at 7.30pm with a special show lead by Seamus Fogarty in honour of the late Willie Meighan. Again, it’s a sell out. Looking for Peter Oren on Monday in The Pumphouse? Go again.

Here’s the current state of play for sold out shows at this year’s Kilkenny Roots Festival.

  • Friday: Seamus Fogarty at Billy Byrnes, 7.30pm
  • Friday: Bennett Wilson Pool at Cleere’s, 10:30pm
  • Saturday: Prinz Grizzley at Ryan’s, 3pm
  • Saturday: Birds of Chicago at Cleere’s, 9pm
  • Sunday: Deep Dark Woods at Cleere’s, 1pm
  • Sunday: Peter Oren at Ryan’s, 5pm
  • Sunday: Birds of Chicago at Cleere’s, 9pm
  • Monday: Peter Oren at The Pumphouse, 1pm
  • Monday: Rachel Baiman & Molly Tuttle at Cleere’s, 4pm

Online bookings are available via kilkennyroots.com or drop in to the festival box office at Rollercoaster Records on Kieran Street.


Ken McGuire

The one who kicked off KilkennyMusic.com back in the heady days of 2005. Now a radio head at KCLR, award-winning podcaster, producer, food blogger at Ken On Food, music nerd and everything else in between.

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