By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Mar 16, 2023 at 5:01 PM Photography: Milwaukee Irish Fest Facebook

What better time for an Irish Fest update than St. Patrick's Day week?Indeed, celebrating its 42nd edition on Aug. 17-20 at Henry Maier Festival Park, Irish Fest announced an initial onslaught of musical acts coming to its stages this summer. 

The festival's 2023 lineup is expected to feature more than 100 performers across 16 stages – this year including Irish music icons Gaelic Storm, Irish Fest newcomers The Coronas, Scythian, Hermitage Green and many, many more. 

Here's the full slate of musical acts announced for this August's festival:

  • Boxing Banjo
  • The Byrne Brothers
  • Capital Ceili Band
  • Cassie and Maggie
  • Chicago Reel
  • Colm and Laura Keegan
  • The Coronas
  • Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones
  • Diddley Idols
  • Doolin'
  • The Drowsy Lads
  • Eileen Ivers
  • Enda Reilly
  • The Finns
  • The Friel Sisters
  • Gaelic Storm
  • Goitse
  • Gross Isle
  • The Henry Girls
  • Hermitage Green
  • Lisa Canny
  • MEGA-Trad
  • Merfolk
  • Polly Barrett
  • Scythian
  • Shane Hennessy
  • Skerryvore
  • Steam
  • Ulla
  • Wallis Bird

The full preliminary schedule of Irish Fest performers is expected in May; stay tuned to the festival's website for updates. 

In the meantime, you can score a discount on Irish Fest tickets thanks to its current buy-one-get-one deal. Running now through the end of the day on Sunday, March 19, two general admission tickets are available for the price of one at $12.50, available exclusively through Irish Fest's website

For more summer festival season updates, stay tuned to OnMilwaukee. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.