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Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival 2023

Fed up with Tinder? Try Europe’s biggest singles festival with lots of country music and booze

Dates: September 1–30, 2023

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Every autumn, about 60,000 people flock to the village of Lisdoonvarna on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way to look for love in a traditional way while consuming lots of music and beer. The festival has been run for over 160 years and is one of the oldest music events in Ireland.

The music lineup mostly includes country. There's a big stage for younger crowds with DJs and some big names. But also there’s daily music and more traditional Irish dancing in every bar for older people. During the festival, everyone can meet Ireland’s most famous matchmaker Willie Daly in his ‘office' in the Matchmaker Bar. The place also has a legendary matchmaking book. Supposedly, if you touch it with both hands, you’ll be married in six months!

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin