Mayo Manchester Tradfest Returns to Ballina – 2nd – 8th August 2018

Experience traditional Irish music at its best this summer

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The Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2018 will be heading to Ballina in North Mayo from 2nd to 8th August. In its sixth year, it is set to be bigger and better than ever. The week long award winning festival is a celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance. With over 100 events in total, there will be at least one event to be savoured each day over the course of the week. Events will take place in Ballina and around Mayo. Further event details will be announced as they become available – watch this space!

Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2018 kicks off – 2nd August 2018

The fun at Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2018 kicks off with a live two hour broadcast by Midwest Radio at the Fr Peyton Centre in Attymass at 6pm on Thursday 2 August and continues right through to Wednesday 8th August.  The launch broadcast will feature a host of award winning musicians, singers and dancers including Sean Nos Dancers The Ganley Sisters as seen on TG4 TV and RTE TV and one of Ireland’s premier download Country Music artists; Sina Theil.

Headline events at the Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2018

This year the group are bringing over The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band to celebrate their 70th anniversary as the UK’s longest running Pipe Band. The group are one of the few bands in the world to have been invited to play at both the 50th and 100th year anniversary celebrations of Ireland’s Irish Independence in Dublin.

Another highlight of Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2018 in Ballina is the annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 4 August (doors 7.30pm). This is the show’s sixth concert at the centre and they always sell out, so make sure you get your tickets early. The concert will feature performances by The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band along with Irish Singer, Dancer and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Keegan from the hit BBC Show, The Voice. Breathtaking Irish dancing and Irish musical performances will feature on the night representing Mayo dancing academies and singers, ‘The Centre Stage Vocal Academy’, Con Murphy and Dennis McCalmont.

The event will be hosted by Alan Keegan ‘The Voice of Old Trafford’ and MUTV presenter from Manchester United Football Club.

To book Mayo Manchester Gala Concert tickets:

Online: Ballina Arts Centre

Cost of tickets:

Early Bird (available until 4 July):  €10 

Standard ticket (price after 4 July): €15 

We look forward to welcoming you to Ballina for Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2018 from 2nd to 8th August. Those who love Irish traditional music are in for a real treat.

For further information about Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2018, or to book:

Online: Mayo Manchester website —  Twitter 



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