Gain Some Indiependence…

Posted: 30/05/2011 in Uncategorized

It’s not so long ago that many people would’ve forked out for a weekend camping pass to both Oxegen and Electric Picnic without a second thought – and take in a €90 summer gig or two in Marlay Park and Malahide Castle for good measure. But in the post-Celtic Tiger economic climate, such luxuries have had to be cut back for the vast majority. As a nation we have had no choice but to become more cautious with our disposable income – and value for money is now the main priority.

So aren’t we lucky that there are now a wealth of smaller summer festival options available across the nation throughout the summer? The likes of Sea Sessions, Castlepalooza, Body & Soul, and Temple House Festival have all steadily gained popularity in the past few years – but the one I’m looking forward to most for 2011 is most definitely:

The independently-run event will once again rock Mitchelstown this August bank holiday weekend (Friday July 29th – Monday August 1st) with a fantastic lineup of live music, comedy and all sorts of other fun stuff. I’ve attended the festival for the past few years, and cannot recommend it highly enough – SUCH a great atmosphere. Huge credit must be given to the festival’s organisers, who have continually identified and rectified any problems encountered along the way to ensure that each year the festival gets bigger AND better. And with a 3 day camping pass costing only €99, it remains a very affordable weekend of festival fun.

So what’s in store for 2011? Well, first of all, there’s the lineup of live music, which once again brings together a huge range of awesome Irish acts, as well as some big headliners:

There’ll also be an all new comedy stage, too – featuring the likes of funnymen Damo Clarke, Andrew Stanley and Fred Cooke. A ‘chill-out area’ has also been added to the main arena, and the silent disco which was a huge hit at last year’s festival makes a welcome return. The fun will even be spilling over into the campsite this year – there’ll be an all-new cinema showing movies through the night, and a special DJ area which will kick off once the main arena closes for those keen to keep dancin’ into the wee hours. Also for the first time, boutique camping will be available for those not up for roughing it!

Another attractive aspect of Indiependence which must be mentioned is that the festival site is located a mere 15 minute walk from Mitchesltown’s main street – and you are free to leave the site at any time to explore the surroundings! It is quite a luxury for a weary camper to be able to take off into town to get supplies in the supermarket, re-stock with some ice cold beers from the off-licence, pick up the Sunday papers and catch up with the world, have a decent feed of pub-grub, or even catch the weekend’s GAA championship action on the big screen in one of the local pubs.

So, get planning your August bank holiday weekend @ Indiependence! Tickets available from Tickets.ie (3 days camping €99; 2 days camping €79, 2 days non-camping €59) and all other info is available on the official festival website.

 

 

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