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 morning three tents over who’d gone to bed early so she could catch the Dublin Gospel Choir at noon. It’s a … 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 festival director Chris Chapman, to talk about their baby Open Ear. Jaysus, lads – another festival? It’s pretty crowded out … 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 and Lumigraph, as well as former rabble guesties Kenny Hanlon and Platinum Ray. Staunch. Don’t sleep on this one. … 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 some tips from some of the rabble crew that are making the pilgrimage across the pond to get their … 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 the bullshit of every day life. Johnny from accounts has been awake for two days, he’s topless and covered … 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 whisper became a shout and then a scream and then a battle cry. No one will save us from … Read More
In little under a week, half the rabble team will be mitching off work early and catching the snail and rail across the Irish sea to enter the parallel universe of Winchester’s Boomtown Fair. Rashers Tierney and Darragh Lynch threw together this round up of Irish acts making the voyage over. We missed out last summer, opting instead for hometown madness – but after slaving away slopping out pints alongside a hearty band of volunteers all summer we’re well deserving of mucking about in fields for a day … Read More
We came across the Phase One lot last year when we were in the middle of our own torturous Fund:it run. Now it’s their turn to bite their nails to the quick. The festival is of an electronica bent and houses itself in the Dock, a 19th Century former Courthouse building taken over by Leitrim’s raggle-taggle bands of artists to become an integrated arts centre. The festival which runs on April 19th and 20th down in Carrick-on-Shannon is trying crowd fund enough dosh for an up and comers stage. … Read More
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