Festival of Music

Festival of music weekend
Discover music at Kildare Village from 21 - 23 June.

Kildare Village will play host to the incredible talents of some of Ireland’s most exciting street performers including a popular headline act!

Street performers include Allie Sherlock, David Owens, Martin McDonnell, Jacob Koopman and Jane Willow.

For more information please see the below timetable*:

Friday, 21 June
4 PM – 5 PM: Street performers throughout the Village
5.30 PM – 6.30 PM: Street performers throughout the Village
7 PM – 8 PM: Street performers throughout the Village
8:30 – 10 PM: Headline music act

Saturday, 22 June
1 PM – 2 PM: Street performers throughout the Village
2.30 PM – 3.30 PM: Street performers throughout the Village
4 PM – 5 PM: Street performers throughout the Village

Sunday, 23 June
1 PM – 2 PM: Street performers throughout the Village
3.30 PM – 4.45 PM: Special live performance
4 PM – 5 PM: Street performers throughout the Village

Allie Sherlock

After taking the world by storm in an appearance on The Ellen Show in June 2017, 14-year-old Allie Sherlock announced she was signing a record deal. Allie from Douglas in Cork, first came to attention when a video she posted on Facebook of her busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street singing Ed Sheeran’s “Supermarket Flowers” went viral. Since then, she has had numerous viral YouTube videos as well as reaching over 1.3 million subscribers (and counting!).
Sherlock was invited to Los Angeles by American singer and producer Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic after he saw one of her videos on Instagram. Tedder is a highly respected and renowned music producer and has written songs with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Adele, Beyonce, U2 and Paul McCartney.
Allie continues to practice her music and create original songs which she will be releasing with Tedder. She will have many upcoming gigs around Ireland and abroad in the coming year. Her debut album will be released in 2019.


David Owens

I’m a professional street musician from Galway, Ireland. I hold a degree in mathematics and worked as an engineer for a time, but I’ve spent the past six years making my living solely from busking, selling my music, and from playing at corporate events. It’s been quite a journey – here’s a brief timeline so far:
2013-2014: Began busking in France while living in a campervan. At the start I was just playing an acoustic guitar and singing loudly!
2014-2015: Lived in Berlin and finally met some other buskers to learn the ropes from.
2015-2016: Released first album “Honey Moon”, toured extensively busking through Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland and France.
2016: Formed a band “Until April” and we toured extensively also, this time with our “Silent disco” show handing out 100 headphones to the public to listen to our music through. This meant we could even play in cities in which busking was not permitted in general.
2016-2017: Spent two months in Sri Lanka writing a new album, and spent all of my savings on having my first portable piano built when I got back.
2017: Toured with my first piano project through France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy until it broke in Prague. Upgraded to my current piano in Berlin and kept on touring.
End of 2017 – 2018. Moved to Dublin. Recorded and released my first vinyl “Old moon” in Luneburg, Germany.


Martin McDonnell

Martin McDonnell is an 18 year old singer songwriter from Dublin. With a stunning voice and song writing skill that surpasses his age, Martin has been wowing listeners since he began playing and writing in August 2018. Developing his craft while busking on the streets of Dublin, Martin’s music has caught the attention of radio DJ’s, gig bookers, music lovers and industry folk alike, propelling him to performances at the likes of The Ruby Sessions (previous performers include Ed Sheeran, Hozier and Gavin James) and The 2019 Makeup Awards along with showcases at the Wiley Fox, The International Bar, The DC Music club and more.


Jacob Koopman

Jacob’s Bali roots provides him with an indie pop style but his early influences such as Dave Grohl and Chris Cornell give an edge to his island vibe. He is a Singer/Songwriter who started playing drums at 9 years old. Self taught he also plays the guitar and bass. Playing a mixture of original and cover music Jacob can be found playing venues around Ireland along with paying his dues by busking. Jacob has played Castlepalooza and Electric Picnic with previous original bands and in 2016 he commenced his solo career realising his debut solo EP under his own name called Blindfold - EP . His playlist reflects his eclectic style from Radiohead to Hozier, Incubus to Depeche Mode and would pepper these throughout his performances. Open to collaboration, he worked with Ryan O'Shaughnessy on his debut EP Blindfold and the single Mgctrx (with Producer credits).


Jane Willow

Jane Willow is a Dutch folk musician who moved to Ireland at age twenty-one to pursue music. Her music is laced with Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake influences. She experiments with folk and country elements, whilst keeping her rich, soft and velvet-like voice at center stage.In recent years Jane’s played an incredible amount of gigs, performing at Vicar Street, Whelan’s, Temple Bar Tradfest and Electric Picnic. She’s supported the likes of Glen Hansard, Nicki Bluhm, Mark Geary and Kila and was the winner of the Intercollective Competition 'Best Musician' (2018).On her debut EP ‘Onward Still’ (Nov ‘18) she collaborates with musicians Dave Hingerty (drums: Kila, Josh Ritter), Vyvienne Long (cello: Damien Rice). Her EP has received radio play on RTE Radio 1, Radio Nova, BBC Radio Ulster and a favourable reception in the Irish media.Her new single ‘The Fool’ (May 31st) is a departure from her more mellow sound. On ‘The Fool’ she explores folk rock and country elements while her vocal delivery is strong, brazen and raw.


*Timings are subject to change. Performances are weather permitting. PLEASE NOTE: No alcoholic beverages can be brought onto the premises.