Midleton ready to rock again
Aspiring musicians will join more established Cork counterparts in Midleton next Saturday when the town hosts its second annual Music Fest.
The rocking extravaganza is a fundraiser for the East Cork Music Project (ECMP) which, in turn, is managed by Cloyne Dioceses Youth Services. The project, which was founded in 2011, seeks to promote music, education and arts amongst people aged 16 25 who may — as artists often do! — have found the traditional education system unsuitable.
In doing so the project helps participants towards full-time training and employment by supporting their artistic skills, positive mental health and placing emphasise on individual learning styles.
The fest is organised at ground level by Eoghan Hennessy, bass guitarist with east Cork rock band August Walk, along with the band’s drummer Jamie Stanton of Cobh and Midleton’s Banner’ Bar proprietor Josh Spillane.
The event is held in Banner’s Bar, alternatively known as An Teach Beag.
Over 30 bands, spanning various levels of development, will follow last year’s format, playing continuous performances on two stages in the bar from noon onwards. Several well-known Cork musicians will participate in a line-up that includes August Walk, Kaara, Hell for Leather, Mike Carey, the Moon Dogs, Gaelic Brew, Bad Reputation and the Two Dans.