Townlands Carnival, now in its fourth year and growing exponentially, continues to bring the big-weekend feel home to Rusheen Farm just outside the town, with UK legends Leftfield confirmed as the first headliners for July 20-22, with a DJ set from the outfit’s Neil Barnes, alongside box-wearing rabble-rousers King Kong Company, and an incursion from UK bass label Ghetto Funk, featuring Stanton Warriors, three-time UK DMC champ JFB, WBBL & Ghetto Funk Allstars.

Here is the lineup so far:

  • Leftfield (DJ set)
  • King Kong Company
  • Ghetto Funk Takeover feat. Stanton Warriors, JFB, WBBL & Ghetto Funk Allstars
  • The Eskies
  • The Latchikos
  • Worries Outernational
  • Rrradio Gee
  • Rub-a-Dub HIFI
  • Spekulativ Fiktion
  • Lowli
  • Damsel
  • Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • Bailer
  • Order of the Mess

“We’re absolutely delighted to be back in 2018 and are excited to begin a partnership with Rising Sons Brewery this summer,” says festival organiser, Sam Beshoff. “The response to Townlands 2017 was phenomenally positive and as well as bringing back many of the features that proved to be a hit already, we are hoping to add some new treats for our followers this July.”

The festival’s ‘village’ layout returns across five stages spread throughout the woods and fields of Rusheen Farm, and encompasses plenty of non-musical activity also, including spoken word, circus, and family-friendly activities. The Village Green, which includes the Village Hall, Big Bubbles Kids Area and Craft area, returns this year as workshops, talks and performances are hosted by some of the country’s most passionate community development professionals, while the usual rake of ‘glamping’ options are available this year, if you’re feeling flathúlach.

Check out the festival’s website for more information and a rundown of previous years’ lineups.