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Night and Day Festival to broadcast five-part music series on TG4 featuring Villagers, Mary Wallopers, Soda Blonde, AE Mak & more

Night and Day Festival to broadcast five-part music series on TG4 featuring Villagers, Mary Wallopers, Soda Blonde, AE Mak & more

Photo: Sorcha Frances Ryder

Night and Day takes place on 24 and 25 June 2023 in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon next month that has headliners Mercury Rev, Anna Calvi, Gruff Rhys, Pillow Queens, Wallis Bird and David Keenan among the lineup that also includes a Nialler9 DJ set.

A five-part Irish language music show, Night and Day Festival: Ó Dhubh go Dubh captures the musical magic of the inaugural Night and Day Festival.  filmed at last year’s Night and Day Festival is to be aired on TG4 in the lead up to the festival this June, by Red Shoe Productions.

Broadcast starts on Sunday June 18th at 10:30pm, and Villagers, Mary Wallopers, Moxie, Soda Blonde, AE Mak, Orla Gartland and a host of other Irish and international acts, are among the performers.

The show is hosted by Kayte O’Malley and Cian Ó Maonlaí, and features headline performances from the Queen Medb stage and backstage interviews with artists, as well as all the craic and colour of the festival.

More info on the show:

The first episode of the series features vibrant trad-fusion band Moxie for their final live performance until 2024. No strangers to the festival circuit, Soda Blonde give the audience a masterclass with the stunning vocals of lead singer Faye O’Rourke. Festival headliners Conor O’Brien and Villagers close the show in emphatic style.  

Episode 2 sees Daithí and Paul Noonan of Bell X1 reunite for an electric Houseplants performance. Dublin-born, London-based punk powerhouse Orla Gartland has the crowd screaming her lyrics while renowned songwriter John Grant, sitting at his piano, manages to make a huge tent feel intimate with his searingly honest lyrics. 

Episode 3 features emerging singer/songwriter Aoife McCann, better known by her stage name AE Mak. Her genre-defying music blends elements of pop, R&B, and electronic music for a funky new sound. Another band keen to experiment with sound are Columbia Mills who feature in the episode, along with the Dundalk balladeers Mary Wallopers. Having recently expanded from the three founding members (brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and Seán McKenna) to a seven-piece folk band, the Wallopers are ready to get rowdy on the Queen Medb stage.  

Episode 4 sees us welcome back crowd-favourites Villagers for another shimmering performance, while festival stalwart Cathy Davey rocks her trademark red lipstick as she guides the crowd through her biggest hits.  

The final episode brings together the big hitters from the festival – Amy Montgomery, Orla Gartland, Houseplants, Mary Wallopers and Villagers – as they bring the series to a welly-stamping crescendo.  

Night and Day Festival: Ó Dhubh go Dubh’ captures the musical magic of the inaugural Night and Day Festival. 

The first episode of the series will air on Sunday, June 18th at 10:30 and all episodes will be available worldwide on-demand on the TG4 Player. 


About Night and Day Festival 

Night and Day is entering its second year and will take place in Lough Key Forest Park on 24 and 25 June this summer with a heavy focus on showcasing Irish talent while also providing lots of family friendly fun. 

Night and Day; ó Dhubh go Dubh – TG4 – series starting June 18th at 10:30PM 

Night and Day festival is a strictly over-20s event but also caters to families with lots of family-focused activities available at the cultural site

Early bird tickets for Night and Day are on sale now with weekend tickets from €155 and day tickets from €90.

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