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The city also plays host to a number festivals throughout the year both traditionally Irish and contemporary. With St. Patrick's being celebrated throughout the world, Ireland's capital city comes alive with one of the most famous festivals in the World. Dublin's 'St. Paddy's day' festival sets the city on fire with parades, concerts and street performers to rival any around the globe. Dublin also is a short distance from and has great transport links to Kildare which hosts the annual Oxygen music festival gathering crowds of around 80,000 people per day. This year's line-up including amongst other artists, The Who, James Brown, Hard-Fi, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Primal Scream.
Nightlife is one of the main reasons so many tourists and students flock to Dublin every year. Dublin of course offers the real thing, in regard to the Irish pubs, you find scattered around almost every city in the world today. In addition to this the city offers hundreds upon hundreds of stylish modern pubs and cocktail bars and nightclubs throughout the city in it's nightlife hotspots for example the temple bar district and the Grafton street area. The city also has a very lively gay scene and many dedicated areas filled with bars and clubs.
Dublin also features a number of art galleries and museums throughout the city, most notably the National Gallery of Ireland in the city centre's Merrion Square West and the Irish Gallery of modern art in Kilmainham, one mile from the city centre.