Its that time again when all the summer festival headlines start being announce and tickets start going on sale so you need to be festival aware. You’ll need to decide which ones to hit and which ones to miss. You’ll have to decide between Indiependence, Longitude and Oxygen as they all fall on the same weekend but fear not no matter which one you pick you are almost certainly guaranteed a weekend to remember (or not…) don’t forget though it’s all about the music!
Dublin’s newest indie/rock music festival is taking place in 19th to 21st July. Located in Marlay Park this is going to be one of the hottest festivals of summer 2013. It take son the style of Oxygen as you can get one day tickets or three day camping tickets and they are really reasonable so definitely more accessible to more people. Early bird tickets are gone but if you weren’t an early bird don’t worry prices are still reasonable – a one day ticket is €54.50 and a three day weekend ticket is €149.50. You will be entertained by the likes of the Foals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kodaline, Jake Bugg to name but a few. Unfortunately it’s a no camping festival although I’m sure the residents of Rathfarnham aren’t complaining. You’ll have to get tickets for Oxygen if you have the need to sleep surrounded my muck and dirt….
Oxygen is back this year after its break in 2012. The line-up has yet to be announced but Oxygen is Oxygen and it doesn’t really matter who’s headlining – it’s all about the camping and listening to music while you dance around in the mud! This year though there is a slight change to the usual schedule. It’s taking place in the usual Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare but instead of three days it will just be two and instead of being in July it’s going to be in August, the 3rd ad 4th to be exact (hopefully this will mean there will be a better chance of sun). The festival will clash with Castlepalooza and Indiepedence so you will have to make the hard decision of deciding which one to go too.
Castlepoolza is one of Ireland’s trendiest and artisan festivals and has helped put Offally, Tullamore in particular, on the map. The festival takes place on the weekend of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August in and would be great for your first festival camping experience. It’s a fairly small festival but host s an abundance of entertainment that you will be pushed to fit it all into your weekend. Camping is a must and even if you are a bit freaked out by the idea of sleeping in a tent why not go boutique camping and rent a Yurt or Tipi, classy. Early bird tickets are selling for €59.00 which is a three day camping ticket so its definitely easy on the pocket.
TBA ……. uh they might want to hurry up with this!!
Mitchelstown Co. Cork 2nd – 4th August. A 3 day camping tickets are on sale for €99 while a 3 day ticket without camping is just €79 making Indiependence the cheaper but not lesser alternative to Oxygen. 2013’s line up includes De La Soul, Bastille, The Fratellis and Kodaline to name but a few. Being easy on the pocket it’s definitely a festival that you need to put in your to ‘go too pile’.
Sea Sessions Festival
You may not be in Australia or Cali but for all you hip surfers out there, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, is the place to be this coming June 21st, 22nd and 23rd as it is home to Irelands only beach festival! With surf competitions, music, camping, beach sports all packed in its definitely got to be one of Irelands coolest festivals. A weekend ticket plus 3 day camping will only set you back €99.00 and the line up includes sixteen year old Derry singer song writer SOAK, the Dead Heavys and Fat Freddy’s Drop .