The Dublin Racing Festival is the newest addition to the Irish festival calendar and is a weekend that will celebrate Dublin’s richness and diversity across culture, comedy, music, racing and food. Taking place at Leopardstown Racecourse on Saturday February 3 and Sunday February 4, Leopardstown has announced the two music headliners for the festival – Damien Dempsey (Feb 3) and Stockton’s Wing (Feb 4).

While Grade 1 horse racing and top class music will top the bill over the weekend, Leopardstown Racecourse is set to bring the ‘the best of Dublin’ to the racecourse, celebrating the fair city’s famous wit, comedy, cuisine and culture in a two-day festival programme. 

In terms of music, it doesn’t come much more Dublin than Damien Dempsey. Earlier in 2017, Damien released his new studio album Soulsun, recorded with long-term producer and collaborator John Reynolds and featuring duets with Dido and Imelda May. It was proclaimed his “most exciting work to date”  and marked 17 years that have set him apart as one of the most unique and important voices in Irish music.

Meanwhile, Stockton’s Wing is one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, celebrating their 40th year since forming in 1977. Seen by many as one of this country’s finest exponents of contemporary traditional Irish music, Stockton’s Wing have released 12 albums, toured the US several times – a New York Times critic described their sound as “eclectic, electric, passionate, personal, innovative and powerful” – and even supported Michael Jackson for two nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork. A recent tour to coincide with their 40th anniversary confirmed their continuing popularity, cementing their place in Irish music annals.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale from with information on various packages for the weekend.