Don’t miss a beat at the Heineken Big Top
June 08 2018

Don’t miss a beat at the Heineken Big Top

GIAF’s marquee music venue boasts its largest programme ever.

This year, GIAF’s Heineken Big Top line-up is bigger than ever. Headliners include three-time Grammy Award winners The Flaming Lips, pop legends Madness, indie sensation Caribou, the wonderful Gavin James, world music superstars Amadou & MariamThe Stunning with special guests The Academic, alternative rock band Walking on Cars and one of Ireland’s biggest international successes of recent years, Kodaline.

Located right in the heart of Galway, the Big Top is a firm festival favourite amongst families and friends, young and old alike. Whatever your music tastes, we’re pretty sure we’ve got something to suit. Our “music festival within the Festival” brings world class concerts right here to the west of Ireland. A night at the Heineken Big Top is a Festival experience you really won’t want to miss!

Did you know?

  • Under 16s are welcome at our Big Top shows when accompanied by an adult
  • Tickets start from €25 and we offer discounts for groups. If you can gather ten or more friends together, we’ll make it worth your while! Email groups@giaf.ie for more details. 
  • This year’s line-up inlcudes two seated concerts - Amadou & Mariam and The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Festival Proms 

Heineken Big Top schedule

A few Big Top shows sold out right away and tickets are going fast. Take a look at our fantastic line-up and book today!

Week One (Monday 16 July-Sunday 22 July)

Amadou & Mariam (Seated concert) | Wednesday 18 July 8pm | €27-€30
Kodaline | Thursday 19 July 8pm | SOLD OUT
Gavin James | Friday 20 July 8pm | €35
Walking On Cars | Saturday 21 July 8pm | SOLD OUT
The Stunning with special guests The Academic | Sunday 22 July 8pm | €35

Week Two (Monday 23 July-Sunday 29 July)

The Flaming Lips | Thursday 26 July 8pm | €49.50
Madness | Friday 27 July 8pm | €59.50
RTÉ Concert Orchestra Festival Proms (Seated concert) | Saturday 28 July 2pm | €25-€28
Caribou | Saturday 28 July 8pm | €49.50
2FM Live with Jenny Greene & the RTÉ Concert Orchestra | Sunday 29 July 8 pm| SOLD OUT

Heineken Big Top Shows by Genre

Still not sure what shows to see? Take a look at our helpful guide and choose what looks good to you.

Pop
✪ Gavin James
✪ Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Indie Folk
✪ Kodaline

Rock/Alt-rock
✪ The Flaming Lips
✪ The Stunning
✪ The Academic
✪ Walking On Cars

World Music
✪ Amadou & Mariam

Electronic
✪ Caribou

Ska/ New Wave
✪ Madness

Classical
✪ The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Festival Proms

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