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Music and Sporting Events

The RDS Venue is a crowd-pleaser for music promoters and a magnet for fans of all ages. A winner for sports associations and a huge draw for their supporters. We have capacity for sporting events from the International Dublin Horse Show to Leinster Rugby fixtures; competitions like The Special Olympics; or global music touring acts like Paul Simon and Justin Bieber; and family entertainment like Winter Funderland. We‘ve welcomed them all.

Our Scale and Flexibility

22,000 square metres of space means endless staging possibilities. The level site access means that lighting and sound rigs can be moved in and out easily. We have the perfect venue for a stadium tour for 35,000, a multi-stage festival or an intimate classical recital in our purpose-built concert hall.

 For full details, please consult the RDS Floor Plans for Hall locations and capacities consult Venue Capacities and Site Map.


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

Your Fans

Why do fans love the RDS? Because the excitement begins hours before the gig or match kicks off. Fans flood into the village of Ballsbridge from every corner of the city, filling pubs and restaurants to overflowing, mixing and mingling on the streets. By the time they get to the door of the RDS, they are a united tribe, ready to have the time of their lives.




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. 


“We’re a first for Ireland. A multi-stage, festival that happens in winter, so we’re not dependent on weather. The RDS is the perfect venue. Warehouse spaces for music. Stages for conversations. An incredible selection of high-quality food and drink experiences on site. Everything we need to keep our fans happy. Plus capacity for us to expand as we grow the brand.” — METROPOLIS FESTIVAL


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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RDS (The Royal Dublin Society), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

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