17 Irish Bands to Play on St Patrick’s Day

17 Irish Bands to Play on St Patrick’s Day

Keep calm and jig on!

By Ashlea McMahon and Emmy-Lou McKean | 16th March 2017

The Irish may be known for their shenanigans and malarkey, but we have proof that they do music as well as they do Guinness. So clear out your ears and prepare yourself for a Gaelic storm this St Patrick’s Day.

We’ve even done the hard work for you and created a Spotify playlist to get your St Paddy’s Day party started!


1. U2

Hailing from Dublin, U2 is total rock band royalty. Their place at the top of this list is a no-brainer.

2. Thin Lizzy

Another Dublin rock band, Thin Lizzy’s The Boys are Back in Town is a playlist must-have, especially if you want to get your Irish theme rolling.

3. The Cranberries

The Cranberries are known for lead vocalist Dolores O'Riordan’s enchanting and distinctive vocals. The Cranberries have a pretty impressive discography and their hit tracks Zombie and Linger will make the perfect addition to your St Patrick’s Day festivities.

4. The Corrs

Sibling band The Corrs combines Celtic Rock with traditional Runaway is perhaps their most iconic track and merits a spot in your musical line-up.

5. Two Door Cinema Club

Named after a theatre in their Northern Island hometown of Borgor, Two Door Cinema Club is a three-piece band that combines electro and rock to create a unique sound.

6. The Dubliners

With a name like The Dubliners, it’s not hard to guess where this Irish folk band originated. They’ll get you in the St Patrick’s Day mood!

7. Snow Patrol

Northern Irish Rock band Snow Patrol formed 16 years before they found international fame with Chasing Cars. The song went on to be nominated for Best Single at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

8. Ash

This alternative rock band formed in Downpatrick, North Ireland back in 1992. The popular rockers peaked in the early noughties but they’re still putting out pop punk tunes today.

9. Flogging Molly

This seven-piece post-grunge band is known for its distinct take on traditional Irish music abd spunky punk rock. Their music is guaranteed to turn up the volume of your St Patrick’s Day festivities.

10. Stiff Little Fingers

Inspired by Deep Purple, this schoolboy band was originally called Highway Star before they discovered punk music.

11. The Undertones

The Undertones are a punk rock band from Northern Ireland famous for making new-wave tracks from their teenage frustration. These songs were made to play loud and proud.

12. Waylander

This is one for the metal heads. Waylander is a Northern Irish folk metal band that has maintained a heavy Celtic metal sound despite multiple band member changes. They’ve been a rock favourite since the early ’90s.

13. Westlife

Brian McFadden and his bandmates rose to fame with You Raise Me Up, and they gave the classic track Uptown Girl new life.

14. The Frames

This old-school band is a gem that has had a massive influence on the Dublin rock scene.

15. B*Witched

All-girl band B*Witched is best known for tracks C’est La Vie and Rollercoaster – they’re going down in musical history.

16. The Coronas

An Irish rock band that first came together under a different name and with some different members, The Coronas first burst onto the Dublin rock scene in late 2003.

17. The Script

This Irish trio gained international acclaim with the song Breakeven, from their 2008 self-titled debut album. The album was a massive success and even debuted at the number one spot on the UK’s album charts.

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Article by Ashlea McMahon and Emmy-Lou McKean

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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