It Takes A Village is a new festival due to take place from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th April 2018 next year in Trabolgan holiday home in East Cork conceived by The Good Room.

There will be three stages of music, self-catering houses and apartments, spoken word, swimming pool DJ parties (with wave machines, a slide and hot tubs), pop-up art installations, arcades, talks, walks and outdoor activities (go-karting, archery, 5-a-side soccer, zip line, climbing walls, crazy golf ,and par 3 golf) on an 120 acre site.

  • Young Fathers
  • Andrew Weatherall
  • Talos
  • Fujiya & Miyagi
  • Brian Deady
  • The Altered Hours
  • Le Boom
  • Oh Pep!
  • Donal Dineen
  • John Daly
  • Bitch Falcon
  •  Nialler9
  • Anna Mieke
  • Seamus Fogarty
  • Cian Finn
  • Sunday Times
  • Strength NIA
  • Lilla Vargen
  •  MyNameIsJohn
  • Ryan Vail
  • Kevin Barry
  • Sim Simma
  • Bocs Social
    & many, many more to be announced

I’m looking forward to playing some tunes at the pool party 🙂

Tickets can be bought per house or chalet and cost from €205 – €255 (including booking fee) per person for Tier 1 booking options, and “you must, with your friends, buddies, lovers, colleagues or family, book a house, apartment, or camper van ticket, for the weekend. It’s a collective ticket, with 2-9 sleeper options available.”. Ticketbuyers have to be over 21.

Tickets go on sale Thursday 7th December at 4pm from Get early access on Wednesday 6th December by registering.

Here’s the official blurb.

Ever fancied being at a festival, hidden away from the world, in a secluded setting on the edge of the Atlantic… with a roof over your head? This coming April, there’s something happening in Cork that will change the way people think about festivals in Ireland. From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of April, It Takes A Village drops itself on to the landscape in the idyllic and pastoral surroundings of Trabolgan, East Cork.

It Takes A Village is unique in that they offer 150 self-catering houses and apartments, plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, contained in Trabolgan Holiday Village. There is no camping in muddy fields here, your booking includes accommodation and unlimited access to the huge variety of entertainment. It’s a residents only affair for the festival weekend, with a limited amount of day tickets on Sunday. This event is strictly over 21’s.

The village will feature three main venues, as well as a multitude of pop-up stages all over the 120 acre site. The swimming pool, with its wavemaker, slide, hot tub, and balmy conditions will host some steamy tropical party tunes from supreme DJs on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with some amazing aquatic audio and synchronized sounds. All leisure activities at Trabolgan like go-karting, archery, 5-a-side soccer, zip line, climbing walls, crazy golf ,and par 3 golf, will operate from during the daytime over the weekend. If that isn’t enough, the festival will also host some talks and walks around the Roches Point and Trabolgan area for those interested in a bit of history and a stroll.

Expect big sound, killer lighting and top live performances. Wordsmiths, MC’s, raconteurs and poets will be dropping rhymes and reason; art installations will be popping up, down, and around, the wooded valley on site; great food will be brought to you by some savage stalls and food trucks from only the finest local producers in the rebel county. It Takes A Village will be a home away from home with a musical soundtrack covering a broad palette of tastes, styles and rhythms. It’s a place to meet and make new friends whilst having modern conveniences, comfort and never being more than two minutes walk from your new home!

It Takes A Village is brought to you by Cork entertainment mavericks The Good Room, Joe Kelly and Ed O’Leary. They are the guys behind Live At St Luke’s, Crosstown Drift and Fleischmann In The Glen at Cork Midsummer Festival, as well as many top class events and parties over the years. They never fail to create memorable experiences in unique spaces around the city and county of Cork, this will be no exception.

Posted on November 30th, 2017

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Here are some gigs that were announced in recent days.

Thundercat, the singer, bassist and all-round dude who has been working with Kendrick Lamar and releases on Brainfeeder is to play Vicar Street in 2017 on a World Tour on Monday March 27th. He’ll play live with Dennis Hamm (keys) and Justin Brown (drums). Tickets on sale Friday from €27.90 + fees.

The Redneck Manifesto are to play two 2017 shows with support from Paddy Hanna on February 16th in Whelan’s and Feruary 18th in Dolans Limerick on 18th. Feb – Paddy Hanna plays in Dublin. Tickets on sale this morning at €18 + fees from TM, Wavtickets or Dolan’s.

A second Fleet Foxes show was added on July 13th in the Iveagh Gardens next year. Tickets on TM now.

You’ve heard that Guns’n’Roses are playing Slane yeah?

They look and sound like this now:

Car Seat Headrest, the creators of one of the critically-acclaimed rock albums of the year are to play live at Whelan’s, Monday March 27th 2017
Tickets €18.50 including booking fee go on sale Friday December 9th at 10am from Ticketmaster.

Dance DJ legend Joey Negro is back in town in January for a show at Hangar on Saturday January 28th. For fans of disco edits and house jams.

Dream pop experimentalist Wild Nothing plays Whelan’s, Dublin on February 28th. Tickets on sale now priced €18.50 (incl booking) from Whelan’s TM & outlets nationwide

Tonstartssbandht (tahn-starts-bandit) are Andy and Edwin White, two “boogie, ’60s psychedelic-rock, and choral pop” loving dudes from New York who are playing The Workman’s Club on February 23rd 2017. Tickets priced €15 on sale now from TM

Andrew Weatherall returns to Wigwam on January 28th. Tickets from €10 for members and on Eventbrite for €18 + fees.

Lo-fi house or not, DJ Seinfeld is coming to Dublin to play Hangar on January 14th next. Some absolute gems coming out of him.

Finally, speaking of lo, the rock band Low are playing Christchurch Cathedral next week, December 13th and just dropped this lovely Xmas tune:

Posted on December 7th, 2016

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  • U:mack presents Negative Approach @ The Grand Social (€15)
    [Hardcore] Support Dublin Queercore kings Strong Boys and Live Fast Die, a new project from members of Wizards of Firetop Mountain and Altar Of Plagues.

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  • Be with your loved ones, read a book, learn something new, write a song, call that friend you haven’t spoke to in a year.

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Anyone going to Castlepalooza Festival, one of the best small to medium sized festivals in Ireland, will be interested to know that the organisers have posted the stage times to their August Bank Holiday festivities.

Friday is a more electronic-based affair with Norman Jay, Ships, Adultrock and Sleep Thieves lined up. Saturday’s highlights include Andrew Weatherall, Gruff Rhys, We Cut Corners, Tr One while Sunday has Illumsphere, Onra, Gilles Peterson, Funeral Suits, Tvvins, Little xs for eyes and Meltybrains?.

Check the PDF for the stage times.

Posted on July 16th, 2014


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