Galway Arts Festival

Galway Arts Festival - a stunning showcase of arts

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Galway International Arts Festival will take place from 17-30 July 2023 in Galway city and county.

See a full list of events here.

While we're waiting for the 2023 programme to be announces, take a look at what 2022 had to offer.


Rock legends Pixies make their Galway International Arts Festival debut at the Heineken Big Top in July 2022 for what will be two very special nights.

One of the most influential bands of the last thirty years, Pixies, whose mix of punk aggression and pop melodies helped establish the sound that would become the calling card of alternative rock in the 1990s, will play the Heineken Big Top on July 14 & 15 July 2022.

While Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement, having blazed the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Pearl Jam, today a whole new generation of music fans are discovering their “loudquietloud” signature sound.


The Flaming Lips

Their GIAF18 gig was one of the most talked about in GIAF history. In July 2022 Flaming Lips make their triumphant return to the Heineken Big Top.

The Flaming Lips are often said to put on one of the best live shows in the world. The six-time Grammy nominated band bring dazzling colours, lights and other accoutrements (think giant zorbs and unicorns) to their perpetually crowd-pleasing sets, playing hits like "Do You Realize??" and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1". Q Magazine has listed The Flaming Lips as one of "50 Band to See Before You Die."

The band's 15th studio album, the ‘playful, melodic, cinematic’ King’s Mouth, was released in July 2019, with their entire musical catalogue since their formation in 1983 praised for its unique, infectious pop sound.


The Stunning

Festival favourites The Stunning return to the Heineken Big Top stage in July 2022.

Audiences at the Heineken Big Top in July 2022 can look forward to classics like ‘Brewing up a Storm’, ‘Heads are Gonna Roll’ and ‘Half Past Two’ and new hits like 'Brighten Up My Life' when The Stunning return to the Festival for the first time since their sold-out show at GIAF 2018.

Special guests Something Happens are an Irish pop-rock band best known for hits like ‘Burn Clear’ and ‘Parachute’.


The Academic

They rocked the Festival stage in 2019 and now they're back! The Academic will headline the Heineken Big Top in July 2022.

One of Ireland's most exciting live acts, The Academic are known for addictive pop hits like 'Bear Claws', 'Fake ID' and 'Superlike'.

Their impressive resume includes a long list of sold out headline shows and appearances at some of Europe’s most high profile festivals as well as opening slots for acts like Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Catfish and The Bottlemen.


Kaiser Chiefs

For nearly two decades, Kaiser Chiefs have been one of the UK's biggest bands, known for chart-topping tunes and fantastic live shows.

Accolades for the popular band include three Brit Awards, an NME award for Best Album, and a spot on the Mercury Prize shortlist.

Over the years, Kaiser Chiefs have supported legendary acts including U2, Green Day, and Foo Fighters. Memorably, they were featured in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, playing "Pinball Wizard" by The Who.

Heineken Big Top audiences can look forward to '00s-era favourites, like "Ruby" and "I Predict a Riot", which was featured on NME's "Greatest Indie Anthems Ever" countdown. The prolific band has released a total of seven studio ablums, and audiences can also look forward to tracks from their more recent releases, including 2019's Duck.


Jon Hopkins

The Mercury Prize and Grammy Award nominated musician will bring his startlingly unique blend of electronic, ambient and classical music to the Heineken Big Top in July 2021.

Jon Hopkins is known for finely crafted, contemplative electronic music exploring different psychological states, and the connectivity of mind and nature. The English musician and producer has released five critically acclaimed studio albums, including his latest Singularity, as well as the soundtrack for the 2010 film Monsters. His diverse body of work includes collaborations with industry heavyweights such as Brian Eno, King Creosote, Imogen Heap, David Holmes and Coldplay.

The artist’s Heineken Big Top debut will take place in July 2022.



GIAF and Sustainability

Galway International Arts Festival is proud of the impact they make on people’s lives, but also recognise that festival activities can have a significant impact on the environment. Cognisant of the damage being done to the planet by human activity, GIAF aims to take responsibility for its contribution and reduce the associated impacts.

GIAF aims to make sustainability a major focal point of the organisation by:

  • Working collaboratively with partners in advancing a sustainability agenda and delivering sustainable festival solutions to current climate challenges.
  • Promoting sustainable transport solutions during the Festival period by promoting the use of public transport, the city bike and Brite bike schemes.
  • Prioritising reduction of single-use plastic.
  • Promoting equality and inclusivity in all Festival practices.
  • Segregating and reducing Festival waste by applying best practices in partnership with their waste management partner.
  • Highlighting crucial sustainability issues in their Festival programme.
  • They encourage staff, volunteers, interns, supporters and visitors to help in their sustainability efforts by considering the environmental impact of their activity at the Festival.

Find out more about GIAF's Sustainabaility measures HERE