The second annual Great Irish Beer Festival has announced its musical line-up for this August at Cork City Hall, headlined by, among others, Dublin synth-poppers Le Galaxie and Ulster punk legends Stiff Little Fingers.
Following last year’s inaugural event, The Great Irish Beer Festival will feature 24 Irish craft brewers and one distillery; as well as a music programme that sees its headliners joined by Leeside pop/folk outfit The Band Anna, Fire & Water and Cork punk-rockers Audible Joes. Saturday night August 26th will be headlined by David Bowie tribute act Rebel Rebel.
Le Galaxie, headlining on Friday August 25th, have been gigging intermittently since the release last year of debut full-length Le Club via Universal Music Ireland; while Stiff Little Fingers, headlining on Thursday August 24th, led by legendary lead singer Jake Burns have been continuously serving up the classics to a devoted following.
A joint production of The Franciscan Well brewery and local promoter Tom Keating, the GIBF is looking to continue its expansion to a staple of Cork’s festival and music calendars. On the craft beer end of things, lectures will take place over the weekend at City Hall including ‘Learn How To Brew’ with the Lee Valley Brewing Club and discussions led by Chris O’Flynn of the Malting Company of Ireland among others.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming these fantastic Irish brewers back to Cork again this year and equally as happy to be providing some great entertainment for festival goers over the weekend,” says Shane Long from The Franciscan Well. “Both professional and home Brewers will be onsite to show the public how to brew. We have also had a large number of enquiries from brewing enthusiasts from outside Ireland which is really encouraging and means the word about The Great Irish Beer Festival is spreading. We’d encourage people to purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.”