• The Sultans of Ping FC
  • The Stunning
  • Therapy?
  • Mundy
  • The Frank and Walters
  • Jerry Fish

Festival Details

Following the success of Féile Classical last year, The Trip To Tipp is becoming a weekender next September, with a host of ’90s and contemporary Irish acts taking to the stage each night.

Announcing Trip Classical event curator Tom Dunne says “I was humbled to have been part of something so special as what took place in Thurles, it was remarkable.

“When each of the bands got back to home to normality, the feeling just stayed with us, we kept in touch swapping stories and having the craic about who’s set was the best, the energy was still with us, the conclusion was that the buzz of the weekend was far too special to be a once off.

“The Trip to Tipp is back and it needs to stay, I got in touch with CWB.ie and they secured the dates for 2019! Ken Rice and the ICO are on board to create some magic and our first announcement for 2019 is Sultans of Ping – a true cult band of the 90s, along with Mundy, The Frank and Walters and many others – it’s going to be all of the magic of this September and a hell of a lot more!”

As well as the well-known acts on offer Tipp Classical also has a selection of curated events on offer including:

THE TIPP TOP Hosted By Jerry Fish & Friends

He played the main stage last year with the reunited An Emotional Fish, he is an incredible showman, hearty starter and all-round mischief maker Jerry Fish returns to Thurles this time hosting and performing at our Tipp Top. This year he will curate the Tipp Big Top with a selection of classic bands, weird and wonderful entertainers and all of the mayhem which has made him a festival favourite right across Europe.

Micky Mac and Will Leahy will return to the decks this year and the utterly charming Jerry Fish will host the Tipp Top all weekend with wild and wonderful circus acts, amazing bands and loads of surprises.


Feat. the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Brian Downey’s Alive & Dangerous, and a host of soon-to-be-announced special guests…

Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live and Dangerous’ album is one of the most iconic live albums ever recorded. Conductor Ken Rice and the Irish Chamber Orchestra are delighted to present their interpretation of these rock and roll classics at Tipp Classical 2019,  featuring Original Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey who will bring his live band Alive & Dangerous and a host of very special guests who will join the band onstage in Thurles for what promises to be a very special celebration of the legacy of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy.


Feat. the Irish Chamber Orchestra and soon-to-be-announced special guests…

Shane MacGowan, avid Tipperary hurling supporter, iconic musician, and one of the world’s greatest songwriters, resides a mere minutes from Semple Stadium. Therefore, to celebrate his legendary songbook, we are delighted that the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Shane are collaborating with a host of guests for one very special performance on the pitch at Semple stadium for one night only.

TRIBAL TALKS Hosted by John Meagher, Irish Independent

The Music & Sport Conversations life from The Dome will return, like many the pre-match tactic this year’s squad of speakers won’t be revealed until much closer to the date! But we can reveal that Dustin the Turkey will be back to wreak havoc on the Tribal Talks, the main stage and the town of Thurles!


Trip to Tipp Weekender Early Bird Weekend tickets are €139.50 incl. booking fee and are on sale on Eventbrite only at this discounted price until 31st December 2018