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AVRIL BANNERTON of ‘ Taste of Dublin’ fame has joined the Groove Fes­ti­val team along­side founder Roger Dug­gan, and says that it is time for the fes­ti­val – which is now in its fifth year – to grow.

As well as head­lin­ers Pri­mal Scream and UB40, and lots more mu­sic be­sides on two stages, the food and well­ness as­pects of this year’s Groove will rep­re­sent the big­gest change yet in the Kill­rud­dery fes­ti­val.

The ‘ Thrive’ as­pect of the fes­ti­val will in­clude yoga, pi­lates, talks and more, all in­cluded in the ticket price and run­ning from 11.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days, Satur­day and Sun­day, Au­gust 19 and 20.

‘ There are lots of changes in the whole ex­pe­ri­en­tial side of things,’ said Avril. That’s what peo­ple are look­ing for, they want mem­o­ries.’

The fes­ti­val has ma­tured and Avril said that the venue is a real gem.

‘It’s such a spe­cial, mag­i­cal space.’

Thrive’s move­ment stage will in­clude ‘Breathe into your Groove’ with Cathy Pear­son, Plat­inum Pi­lates, Wile @ Thrive with Gary Dunne and Lee Tracey, ‘ The Fit Foodie’ with Der­val O’Rourke, kun­dalini yoga with Gayle Nor­man, yoga for chil­dren, dance and uoga flow, and much more.

On the ‘ Talk’ stage, there will be cook­ing for kids, In­dian recipes with Su­nil Ghai, goal set­ting work­shop with An­drea Hayes, gluten free liv­ing with Gearoid Lynch, man­ag­ing screens at home, and talks by Roz Pur­cell, Ed­ward Hay­den, Oliver McCabe, Emma Buck­ley and oth­ers.

Groove will also in­clude dif­fer­ent types of food for sale, with restau­rant pop-ups, street food, smooth­ies, cof­fee, falafel and even Sharon Shan­non’s ve­gan truck.

‘We as a team plan to make this an even which peo­ple will want to ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery year,’ said Avril.

‘It will be­come a sell-out event and have that cer­tain qual­ity and mag­i­cal feel­ing.’

Food ven­dors will in­clude some lo­cal op­er­a­tors in­clud­ing Box Burger, Happy Pear and Kill­drud­dery.

Avril and her team built the Taste of Dublin at Iveagh Gar­dens over years and that’s what they plan to do with Groove.

The Groove Fes­ti­val takes place on Satur­day and Sun­day, Au­gust 19 and 20, at Kill­rud­dery House and Gar­dens. Tick­ets cost €59.50 (plus book­ing fee) and chil­dren un­der 12 go free when booked by Au­gust 1.

To find out more about the var­i­ous line-ups and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, or to buy tick­ets, go to groove­fes­ti­val.ie.

Avril Bannerton at the launch of this year’s Groove Fes­ti­val at the Har­bour Bar in Bray.

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