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East Cork’s It Takes a Village festival announces Gilles Peterson, Herbert, Don Letts, Saint Sister & more

East Cork’s It Takes a Village festival announces Gilles Peterson, Herbert, Don Letts, Saint Sister & more

Mike McGrath-Bryan

Following the success of this year’s inaugural edition, It Takes A Village returns to the holiday-home surrounds of Trabolgan, East Cork, for three days of live music and arts between Friday 10th and Sunday 12th of May, next year.

With three main venues and pop-up stages all over the 120-acre site at Trabolgan, the festival looks set to capitalise on its first-year success, with organisers confirming the festival to be over the halfway mark in capacity already, and a sellout looking likely.

Headlining at the holiday camp: BBC 6 Music Radio presenter and international club DJ Gilles Peterson; experimental producer Herbert; Jamaican dancehall pioneer Sister Nancy; jazz hip hop group The Herbaliser; atmosfolk duo Saint Sister (pictured); Grammy-award winning filmmaker, musician and DJ Don Letts; folk singer songwriter Lisa O’Neill; London based post-punk band Snapped Ankles, and David Kitt alter-ego New Jackson.

Among the cream of homegrown talent bolstering the lineup: experimental miscreants Meltybrains?; renowned songstress Katie Kim; alt-rockers Pillow Queens; Cork DJ and producer Colm K; electro producer Bantum; Choice music prize winners Ships; parish bossman Nialler9; electronic pop outfit AE MAK; and “esoteric genre-fluid-alt-pop” trio Happyalone.

Alongside the music: spoken-word performance from Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney and Cormac Lally; Lords Of Strut; Gay Future with Eddie Kay, Tonie Walsh, GLAMO, Candy Warhol & The Haus of Mockie Ah!; pool parties, synchronised swimming, arcade raves, and more of the nostalgia-tinged debauchery that helped this year’s installment make its mark. The festival offers 150 self-catering houses and apartments, plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, taking advantage of the camp’s location and facilities to provide a comfortable festival alternative.

  • Gilles Peterson
  • Herbert
  • Sister Nancy
  • The Herbaliser
  • Saint Sister
  • Don Letts
  • Lisa O’Neill
  • Snapped Ankles
  • New Jackson
  • Meltybrains?
  • Katie Kim
  • Pillow Queens
  • Colm K
  • Bantum
  • Ships
  • Nialler9
  • AE MAK
  • Happyalone
  • Kevin Barry
  • Lisa McInerney
  • Cormac Lally
  • Lords Of Strut
  • Gay Future with Eddie Kay, Tonie Walsh, GLAMO, Candy Warhol & The Haus of
  • Mockie Ah!
  • Pool Parties
  • Sychronised Swimming
  • Arcade Raves

Organiser and Leeside music lifer Joe Kelly says: “It’s great to be coming back for the second year of ‘It Takes a Village’. This year we have moved to May so hopefully the weather will be as beautiful as the site. We are continuing with our broad palette of music with everything from funk to folk, punk to party, synchronised swimming, and even birds of prey. We also have a range of performance pieces, poets, writers, and much more still to be announced going forward. It’s going to be only massive.”

It Takes a Village 2019 runs from Friday the 10th of May to Monday the 13th of May, with all music ending late Sunday night. Tickets are on sale now from, with weekender tickets allowing a full three days’ on-site parking.

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