Dance The Bank Holiday Weekend Away At These Four Irish Festivals

With the weather set to heat up again for the AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND, find four of the best festivals taking place around Ireland from BEATYARD in Dun Laoghaire to ALL TOGETHER NOW in Waterford …

 

The inaugural year of All Together Now sees the festival take over the grounds of Curraghmore House in Co Waterford. Focusing on sustainability – there will be no plastic sold or provided on site – the organisers have created their own reusable water bottles and all traders will be expected to use fully compostable and recyclable materials, while campers are expected to remove all tents at the end of the weekend. With headliners including Villagers, Chaka Khan, Fleet Foxes and First Aid Kit this is a weekend not to be missed.

 

A capacity of just 15,000 means the festival will be intimate compared to some of Ireland’s other festivals which hold up to 50,000. There will be a wellness area, called Lawns of Tranquility, which will include yoga and meditation classes as well as treatment areas offering massages and mini treatments and access to hot tubs and saunas. Don’t miss the Ketel One Kitchen where they will be serving up cocktails all weekend and hosting Espresso Martini and Bloody Mary masterclasses for festival goers. August 3 – 5, www.alltogethernow.ie.

 

Closer to home, The Beatyard takes place on Dun Laoghaire harbour from August 3 – 5. The Jacksons come to Ireland for their first show on Friday night, while Orbital, Joy Orbison and Little Dragon are also on the line up over the weekend. If camping isn’t for you, Beatyard is the festival to book this weekend as it only runs until 11pm with no camping, though there will be official after parties taking place in Wigwam on Abbey Street after the festival each night. www.the-beatyard.com.

 

Indiependence festival in Deer Farm, Mitchellstown, Cork takes place from August 3-5. Set on a 52 acre site overlooked by the Galtee Mountains, the festival will play host to Primal Scream, Jake Bugg and Walking on Cars among others. www.indiependencefestival.com.

 

Castlepalooza will take place in the 17th-century Charleville Castle in Tullamore this weekend. Ticket holders will have access to the castle throughout the weekend where there are art and film exhibitions taking place. With music acts including New Jackson, Ships and All Tvvins, the boutique festival will also host yoga, graffiti, hula hoop and dance workshops across the weekend, ensuring there is something for all attendees to enjoy. August 3 – 5, www.castlepalooza.com.

Síomha Connolly

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