With its fifth edition approaching in Dun Laoghaire this year with artists like Jungle, Marc Rebillet (interview here) and Krystal Klear on the lineup, Beatyard suggested it may have to look for an alternative home for its festival in 2020, citing an inability to get the site confirmed next year and “can’t operate here every year on uncertainty.”
Some bad/good news from us regarding Dun Laoghaire Harbour, where we’ve just started at the site build for Beatyard this weekend!
Bad news – It’s looking very likely this will be our last time here, that we will be unable to use the Harbour site for the festival next year 2020 & we will need to look elsewhere. We aren’t getting clear answers on ‘next year’ and getting the site and dates confirmed – so we are putting the call out now if you have or know anyone in the area [ or beyond ] who would be interested in hosting this Beatyard 2020 – get in touch! Ideally we want to keep this festival in Dublin City.
This year is our 5th time doing it in Dun Laoghaire, and its [hopefully] fair to say its brought something positive to the area. Our pals at Bingo Loco and MCD have run events here this year, and there is/was a real sense that things were going in a positive direction after it taking us 3-4 years to find our feet. But at the same time we can’t operate here every year on uncertainty, or the idea that other events from abroad will get brought in and we get edged out – not after investing that amount of time and energy into it, and most of us are local to this area too. That just doesn’t seem fair, so we need to consider & create some options. So we’re putting an SOS call out for rescue, can anyone help us find a mooring for 2020?
So whats the good news?!! The good news is Beatyard goes ahead as normal this August BH weekend, for the 5th time on Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The weather and shipping forecast is in, its looking pretty good, but rain, sleet or shine, Beatyard is about as weather friendly a festival as you can hope to get – no mud, no wellies, and no camping ! We are not using the indoor terminal building [ its scheduled to be turned into offices ] but the rest of the yard is looking great, and we look forward to having you back on site this weekend for what may well be the final time.
Beatyard Crew.[ more good news… if we don’t find a new site beside the sea, then our painful Beatyard nautical puns will go out the bleedin’ porthole