Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Heather Small – The Voice of M People and more announced for GROOVE FESTIVAL 2018

Fun Lovin Criminals,

Heather Small The Voice of M People,

HamsandwicH, The Riptide Movement, Something Happens & Kila announced for 2018 Groove Festival. 


Groove Festival, brought to you by Energia, returns on July 7th & 8th 2018 at Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, Co Wicklow for its sixth year. Great for all ages, Groove has something for everyone all in the fabulous setting at the foot of the Sugarloaf.


 Irelands best independent family music festival kicks off summer 2018 by returning to its original weekend of July 7th + 8th. Music is front and centre of the festival with a host of music names to rock the picturesque setting of Killruddery House & Gardens in Bray, Co Wicklow. On Saturday 7th international guests and much loved by Irish audiences, the Kings of New York, Fun Lovin Criminals will bring their Scooby Snacks for one night of hit after hit. Heather Small The Voice of M People, is no stranger to Irish shores. Performing all of M Peoples and her own solo hits, Heather will be giving One Night in Heaven again to Irish audiences on Sunday 8th July at Killruddery. Groove Festival offers one of the most spectacular stage settings in the country right on the doorstep of Dublin at the foot of the Sugarloaf.

Joining Fun Lovin Criminals on Saturday will be some of the most well-known names in Irish music including The Riptide Movement and the Irish legends Something Happens. Sunday sees stellar acts such as HamsandwicH and Kila on the bill with one more headliner along with details of the Sony Xperia Stage line up to be announced in the coming weeks.

NEW FOR 2018…Live Lounge! 

Join us in the first ever Live Lounge at Groove Festival. Grab some food and drink, take a seat and get comfy. Culture Vultures – a themed pop culture event of words and music with appearances from the Groove artists will feature.

Also popping up in the Lounge is the Hardy Har Comedy Club hosted by Adam Burke (Finalist, Ireland’s Got Comedy Talent, Laughter Lounge, Vodafone Comedy Carnival).  We are delighted to announce that comedian Eric Lalor is confirmed along with Dublin duo Totally Wired. More entertainment to be announced in the coming weeks.

NEW FOR 2018…Groove World of Magical Mystery!

A magical world in the woods of circus magicians and acrobats, pirates looking for treasure, a dark Queen looking for the a fairy princess and a mad scientist trying to make them all disappear….Wondrous shows to make your hair stand on end.

This is not for the faint hearted.  If you do not believe you will never find your way through the maze…  But, for everyone else, see you on the other side for the Groove World of Magical Mystery!

  • Circus ring master on entrance, juggling & fire breathing
  • Roaming Characters like the Mad Scientist throughout the Mystery World 
  • Wandering Magicians with busking Magic Shows 
  • Pirates running around looking for Treasure with your help
  • Circus Performers from another time

NEW FOR 2018…Hell & Back activities pop up at Groove!

With more details to be revealed, Hell & Back team up with Groove for a weekend of exciting challenges and outdoor activities for kids of all ages! Hell & Back are no strangers to Killruddery, they run many events during the year and Groove are delighted to have them on board as our outdoor activity partner.

Fresh from winning “Best Entertainment Event Sponsorship” at the Irish Sponsorship Awards, Energia are confirmed as headline sponsors once again of Groove Festival. Expect some very exciting plans from the Energia team this summer! Amy O’Shaughnessy, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager of Energia Ireland said “We are thrilled to be back working with the Groove team for this summer’s festival, we are already planning something special. Winning the Sponsorship Award for Groove 2017 was a great achievement for us and we are really delighted to be back again.”

Sony is also returning to this year’s event as a major sponsor. Following the recent announcement of the launch of the amazing Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact smartphones, Sony will bring Entertainment to the Extreme on the Sony Xperia Stage at Groove Festival in 2018.  

New transport options for 2018 will also be available, further details will be on the Groove website in the coming weeks

Ticket Information:

  • Adult day tickets (Saturday / Sunday)                         €59.50 + booking fee €4.50
  • Adult weekend tickets                       €99.50 + booking fee €6.50
  • Teen (13-17) day tickets                         €24.50 + booking fee €4.00
  • Teen (13-17) weekend tickets                         €49.00 + booking fee €4.00
  • Children day tickets (under 12) €8.50 + booking fee €2.50
  • Children weekend tickets (under12) €17.00 + booking fee €3.00
  • Family day tickets (2 adults & 3 children) €127.00 + booking fee €8.00
  • Family weekend tickets (2 adults & 3 children) €216.00 + booking fee €9.00

All attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more and can be booked directly at Groups of 10 or more can save on the applicable booking fees.

Tickets are on sale now from or from and their retail outlets.

Kathryn Mason