There were splashes in the media last year about harm reduction advice being dispensed at Electric Picnic for the first time. Lazy hacks ushered a sigh of relief – here was a new element to add to well worn column inch filling codology about bog roll and fashionable wellies. Rashers Tierney looks at the need to encourage safer sessioning at festivals and chats to some pioneers in the field out foreign.
The good folk at the Limerick Spring Festival are setting up a speakers corner at Body & Soul next weekend in one of the areas called The Library of Progress. It could always make an ideal dumping ground for that friend that’s overly fond of mixing chemical acclerants with Buckfast and can’t stop chewing the ear off ya. Here’s what they have to say for themselves: “Now is your chance to … Read More
With festival season coming in fast why settle for one of those disposable crap gazebos from Capel St or Argos? When you could have this beauty of a thing from the folk at Irish Liquidators. You could be rallying the shite out of this Victorian monster at 9 O’Clock in the morning down at Electric Picnic playing your hard house classics compilations and absolutely fucking ruining Líadan De Burca’s … Read More
Above: A glimpse of the gorgeous Sherkin Island above. Get praying to the spaghetti monster in the sky for a bit of sun. Festival season is upon us and the debates are afoot about where the crew should go. Well, here’s a more experimental shindig on the stunning Sherkin Island that ye should start factoring into your antics budget. We caught up with press and artist liaison Dion Doherty and … Read More
We’re fans of wee festivals here in rabble land and if they take place on gorgeous small islands? Well jaysus, that’s all the better. Nothing like getting lost in a field somewhere with sea gulls swooping down at you to cement that feeling of weekend escape. There’s a stellar Irish line up in the pipe for this one. Among the headliners we’ll be looking forward to are Spaces, Ell, Sias … Read More
Above: That time again folks, when an army of invading dance music fans take over Butlin’s in Minehead and go for it three days straight. I hope your name’s not down for any chalet deposits? We’ve been saving up our not giving into FOMO points for a fair few weeks now and are getting damn excited about the impending last ever Bloc Weekend at the Butlin’s Minehead resort. Here’s … Read More
The Elysian Circus Festival of Fools popped up on our calendar this year, alas we were festival wrecked and couldn’t make it along. Here’s a rather odd lost and found notice circulating on our feeds. A large black stretch tent did a disappearing act. There’s scavenging at festivals and then there’s scavenging. Get in touch if you have any deets on it.
Jack the lad is clearly having a laff over on Donedeal with this ad. Meanwhile in Barcelona… Here’s an alternative to the Electric Picnic. It’s got a killer line up too. Face it, you’d probably come out with savings after flights and accomodation given what some touts are charging for a weekend in a muddy field in Laois. Full details are over here. Let us know if you are going.
Photo Credit: Wally Cassidy’s shots of Féile in the early 1990’s capture some of the carnivalesque madness fondly missed at today’s festivals. Take a look at the rest here. With one half of us scrambling to find tickets for Electric Picnic at any cost and the other not bothered, Jamie Goldrick steps into takes us on a hodgepodge festival journey through anthropology, madjouvit wisdom and his own yearning to escape … Read More
Boomtown continues its internal festival narrative, loaded as always with metaphorical madness about independence and rebellion. Above is their round up video from this years festival, which played with a theatrical theme of how power corrupts the mighty. The clip features a masked man making some seriously on point statements and a whole blast of festival flavor. “Discontent gnawed at the heart of the people, dissent at first a … Read More
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