Heineken Green Energy
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|Location(s)||Dublin Castle, Ireland|
|Years active||1996 – present|
|Date(s)||May bank holiday weekend|
Heineken Green Energy is an Irish music festival that takes place at Dublin Castle over the May bank holiday weekend. It attracts over 50,000 people per year for what is the opening of the music festival season in Ireland. Heineken Green Energy first took place in 1996 and since then has occurred on an annual basis, with smaller shows in other city venues supporting the main event in the Castle.
The 2008 festival took place from 3–5 May, featuring Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Radio Soulwax and The Kooks. It has previously hosted Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Brian Ferry, Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Orbital, The Streets, Beck, Mercury Rev, Stereophonics, Supergrass, Buena Vista Social Club, Manic Street Preachers, The White Stripes, Kasabian and Ian Brown. Irish acts to have featured include The Frames, The Cranberries, Snow Patrol, Damien Rice, Bell X1, JJ72, Paddy Casey, Republic of Loose, Kíla, Sinéad O'Connor, Ash, Future Kings of Spain, The Blizzards, Delorentos and The Coronas.
Leona Daly, Heineken Brand Manager has said:
"Heineken Green Energy has the added advantage that, apart from a line-up of top acts, it's one of the few music events of its size that takes place in the centre of a city. I believe that the convenience of the central location is an important element in the event's success."
Leona believes that much of the success of Heineken Green Energy is down to the choice of Dublin Castle as venue.
"There's something truly unique about this venue that fans seem to really like. It has great acoustics in what is a very historical setting within the city, and that helps create a unique atmosphere that sets Heineken Green Energy apart from other festivals." 
Heineken Green Energy took place for the 2nd year in 1997.
Heineken Green Energy took place for the 3rd year in 1998, featuring Texas and Finlay Quaye. A ten-track compilation CD, featuring artists such as Texas, The Divine Comedy, Catatonia, Juniper, Aslan and Suede, was given away by Hot Press to promote the festival.
Heineken Green Energy took place for the 4th year in 1999, featuring Catatonia.
Heineken Green Energy took place for the 5th year in 2000, featuring Van Morrison.
Heineken Green Energy took place for the 8th year in 2003. It was held in Dublin over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 2003's venues included Dublin Castle, the Ambassador, Temple Bar Music Centre, The Village and Whelan's as well as 20 other key music venues in Dublin City. Over the weekend approximately 40,000 people attended in excess of 17 live gigs. Musicians to play the 2003 festival included Groove Armada, Moloko, Craig David, Stereophonics and Beck.
The 11th Heineken Green Energy Festival at Dublin Castle was headlined by Snow Patrol who played on 29 April.  Richard Hawley also played that day. The 2006 event also saw Ian Brown and Republic of Loose on 30 April whilst Kaiser Chiefs and Graham Coxon finished off the festival on 1 May.  With many other acts playing around the city during the weekend as part of the "gig trail/fringe" (i.e. the other music venues around the city), Dublin once again became an international music centre for the duration of the festival. 
Heineken Green Energy Festival took place for the 12th year in May 2007. Kasabian headlined the Heineken Green Energy festival on the Saturday of the May bank holiday weekend (5 May). They were supported by The Blizzards and Future Kings of Spain.  Sinéad O'Connor headlined the Heineken Green Energy festival on the Sunday of the May bank holiday weekend (6 May). She was supported by Kíla and Delorentos. 
Heineken Green Energy Festival took place for the 13th year in May 2008.  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds headlined the Dublin Castle event on 3 May, Radio Soulwax headlined on Sunday 4 May and The Kooks headlined on Monday 5 May. On Tuesday 5 February at 09:00, tickets for The Kooks and Radio Soulwax performances went on sale. Tickets for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds sold out quickly.
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