23rd-25th July: awesome festival in beautiful Victorian seaside town in South Dublin - thousands of free music, art, craft, food, eco events in the streets, parks and pub gardens - for all ages - everybody dancing in the streets. Uplifting, happy, funky. The boat from Wales comes right into Dun Laoghaire too. We might bump into you there!!!
A three day event held in the midst of the trees and rolling fields of Stradbally House. Tickets are only sold for the whole three days, stopping daytrippers, who are such a problem at Ireland other festival Oxygen.
I'm not going to describe the whole shebang, go to the website; its quite exhaustive. Instead, here's my highlights from last year;
The big tree, an acoustic stage, where the Dublin gospel choir, amongst others, duet with anyone hanging around, and the last music of the festival is played.
The cinema tent - fantastic for when you want to crash after a long night etc, it plays a decent mix of art films and slacker comedies - Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a real highlight.
The Crawdaddy tent - really good, full of atmosphere. themed on old New Orleans, and great fun.
The food, really really good for a festival. Nearly every type of food was represented, and there were a lot of vegetarian and organic options. the only thing lacking was a fry up.
A bit of advice - get there early and if you're camping in a tent go for the quiet section- it's a bit away from the music etc and you're able to sleep. I'm bringing my van so pop over and say hello, it's the 1966 VW camper. Bring loo roll and some antibacterial hand cream. Plastic bottles only, so decant that shizas.
Around an hour from Dublin
Massive Attack, PJ Harvey, Basement Jaxx, Gnarls Barkley, Antony and The Johnsons, Lost Vagueness, Foggy Notions, Body & Soul zone, camping, tipis, beach huts.
September 1-3 , Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, which is one hour from Dublin. See the website for details on how to get there;
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