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Ireland's music festival season is upon us and with Slane and Oxygen exiting the circuit, time has come for independent festivals to step into the limelight and take centre stage.

Music FestivalMany of Ireland’s boutique festivals have been growing steady in popularity in the last couple of years with an upsurgence of them this year replacing mainstream festivals as the cheaper, eco friendly alternative. Not so rock'n'roll as much as spirit and soul, idyllic settings, emphasis on environment and associations with charities are characteristic of many of these festivals. We look at a selection of what’s on offer this Summer:

Life Festival: Taking place this weekend, May 25-27, at Belvedere House, Mullingar,…

If you’re still feeling the effects of the weekend two days later, then it’s a sign of a good rocking festival and the Camden Crawl certainly left a lingering impact.

Camden CrawlWith eight venues across Dublin city to choose from and five venues hosting fringe events there was plenty of choice for music lovers at the weekend. Whatever your musical destiny turned out to be there was a wealth of talent to enjoy with the biggest complaint being  too much to see too little time. The times and venues for acts were selected democratically, leaving the element of surprise for festival goers until they picked up their tickets. The festival is billed as a launch pad for new artists, so there were no headliners and venue size didn’t necessarily translate to the popularity…

When you think about the capital of 'live' music in Ireland, your thoughts might turn to Dublin or perhaps even Belfast. But take a trip to Derry and you will be surprised by the talent you find there.

Derry Live MusicDerry or ‘stroke’ city as it’s often referred to, is no stranger to musical success stories. You only have to look at the some of the names that have come out of Derry to take their place on the wider international stage: Phil Coulter, Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud, Peter Cunnah the singer with D:ream, Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy fame and the Undertones to name just a few.

So it should come as no surprise that Derry, which celebrates 2013 as the UK City of Culture, has also just been chosen to host the All-Ireland Fleadh the same year. After all few cities in Ireland can…