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Music and Sporting Events

The RDS is the venue with a proven track record in staging successful world class entertainment and sporting events. The RDS offers professionalism and ease of access that appeal to both the public and organisers. 

Music Events


The RDS has a long history of entertaining the people of Ireland as a host to a variety of live indoor/outdoor concerts including the Metropolis Music Festival, Peace Proms, FEIS Ceoil, the Guinness Choir and the Hibernian Orchestra. The RDS will welcome headliners Picture This and The Chainsmokers to the 'Summer in the City' concerts in the Main Arena in June 2018 and has welcomed some of the biggest names in rock, pop and classical music including Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Take That, Pink and Justin Timberlake - just a few names that have performed at the RDS. For concerts and public shows, the RDS, has four main facilities:

Concert Size

Recommended Venue

up to 35,000

 Hall 1 (Main Arena)

up to 7,000

Hall 8 (Simmonscourt)

up to 5,000

up to 1,000

Hall 1 (Main Hall)

Hall 7 (Concert Hall)

*The above capacity numbers are indicative therefore subject to change and may vary depending on the clients’ final layout.

Sporting Events


Sporting events have always been an integral part of the RDS activities. The Main Arena is home to Leinster Rugby and has a covered seating and standing capacity of 18,000 (excluding pitch/grass area) and private boxes for corporate or personal entertainment. The RDS is most famously known as the venue for the International Show Jumping competitions during the world renowned Dublin Horse Show in August of each year.

Past Sporting Events Include:

  • Dublin Horse Show
  • FAI Cup Final
  • Special Olympics
  • European Cup Rugby
  • Celtic League Rugby
  • Davis Cup Tennis

To speak to a member of the RDS Sales Team contact us on sales@rds.ie.

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