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Scrobarnach BYOB Cork electronic festival cancelled

Scrobarnach BYOB Cork electronic festival cancelled

Mike McGrath-Bryan

Update: The festival due to take place this weekend was cancelled, “due to roadblocks set in our path.”

Scrobarnach Electronic Music and Arts Festival has announced extended details of its third annual instalment, at its new home at Ballindenisk House, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork on August 11th-12th.

Taking its name from the Irish for “undergrowth”, the festival has, over the past two years, chosen secret rural settings for its BYOB outings, placing leftfield electronic music outside of various city bubbles and venue constraints. 2017 sees over 80 acts across five stages, running the gamut from techno & house, to disco & hip-hop, as well as drum & bass and psytrance stage takeovers, art installations, live comedy, spoken word/storytelling and open-mic sessions.

International headliners include pioneering 90’s techno legend Neil Landstrumm, contemporary electronic artists like Ansome, Stranger, and John Heckle (performing live as Head Front Panel), alongside Irish attractions including veterans Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson of Fish Go Deep, DeFekt, John Daly, Jamie Behan, ELLLL, Sunday Times, Jon Hussey, Vinyl Below, Welfare and Code. Collectives from around the country, including Techno & Cans Dublin, Toast, DIE Limerick, Absolute Deep, Shed Sessions, Lab Works, RLSD, Basement Project Galway, join Cork’s finest in Deep Blue, Out Out, Block, and Cuttin’ Heads Collective flying the flag for community endeavour.

The main Lá Tech stage focuses on techno and the Junction area will specialise in house. The well-established Bush Bar will provide gaff-party aesthetics, while the Doppler Lab will feature a mixture of lesser-spotted sounds, with one day devoted to psychedelia/psy-trance and the other drum and bass from some of Ireland’s seasoned selectors. A fifth stage will provide festival-goers with an indoor area for non-musical activities for most of the weekend, bar a Cuttin’ Heads Collective takeover, representing local hip-hop, while the “Eden Village” area will also provide food, art installations, live graffiti artists and more.

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