It’s been a glorious summer so far, both weatherwise and most definitely festival-wise. And while the sun may have temporarily deserted us, festival season is only set to get better.
Indiependence Music and Arts Festival begins on August 2 next in Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Co Cork. The festival has grown from strength to strength in recent years and offers the camping experience synonymous with summer festivals, combined with an intimate and fun atmosphere.
A host of Irish and international acts are on their way to the north Cork town. Fresh from their successful gig at Iveagh Gardens, Bell X1 headline on Saturday August 3. Ever so subtly, the band have become highly successful in their native Ireland as well as abroad, exploring a wide range of styles and genres. Their latest, and sixth, studio album Chop Chop sees a return to their acoustic guitar and piano roots. Single ‘The End is Nigh’ makes the apocalypse seem somehow life-affirming, and their live performances are the stuff of legend.
Also headlining on Saturday are Kodaline. This Dublin foursome have had success at both home and abroad with singles such as ‘High Hopes’ becoming huge hits in Ireland. Expect lots of emotional sing alongs when the pop/rock quartet come on stage.
For those who like things a little more funky, hip hop trio De La Soul take to the stage on Friday August 2. De La Soul’s debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, has been called a ‘masterpiece’. Also hitting Indiependence on Friday are Scottish band The Fratellis. Best known for the anthemic ‘Chelsea Dagger’, the trio recently reunited after a three-year hiatus and intend on releasing new material later in the year.
Bastille, who headline on Sunday August 4, had one of the singles of the year ‘Pompeii’. Lead singer Dan Smith and his band are expected to put on a fantastic show, with other singles including ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Flaws’ set to be highlights of the night.
All tastes are catered for at Indiependence; from post-hardcore rockers Funeral For a Friend (Friday August 2), Californian indie band We Are Scientists (also Friday). It is also proving to be a great showcase for new Irish music. From hip-hop such as The Original Rudeboys (Sunday) to the acoustic stylings of Derry teenager SOAK (Sunday), it’s a great opportunity for fans to sample some up-and-coming artists.
Other bands well worth checking out include Cork band The Vincents (Saturday), whose single ‘Asked Her To The Dance’ is one of the best Irish songs of the year. Limerick act Protobaby (Sunday) have recently added Aoife McLoughlin to their line-up and their show at Indiependence should be a treat, and Kildare electronic artists MMOTHS (Saturday) comes to Indiependence fresh from touring in the UK and opening for Aphex Twin.
And it’s not just music; comedy fans can enjoy the likes of Colm O’Regan, author of the bestselling Irish Mammies, in the Comedy Tent. There’s also a music fair for those who love the scratch of vinyl; a kids’ area and family campsite; spoken word events; a silent disco and even some burlesque.
Tickets for three-day camping are just €99 and non-camping tickets are €79. Can only get one day off work? Try a day ticket for €45. Hurry up though, at such recession-busting prices they won’t linger. For more information see the Official Indiependence Festival website or Indiependence Facebook page.
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The Daily Shift’s Roisin Peddle takes a look at a mouthwatering line-up for the Indiependence Music and Arts Festival in Mitchelstown, Co Cork…
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