Mitchel­stown is al­ready buzzing ahead of In­die 2018


The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

AS the cur­tain came down on yet an­other suc­cess­ful Indiepen­dence Mu­sic and Arts Festival in Mitchel­stown in Au­gust, event or­gan­is­ers were al­ready busy plan­ning ahead for next years event at Deer Park Farm.

Since the first festival back in 2006 Indiepen­dence has grown to be­come one of the coun­try’s largest events of its kind, with 10,000 mu­sic fans flock­ing to the Au­gust bank hol­i­day ex­trav­a­ganza.

The festival’s pop­u­lar­ity is due in no small mea­sure to the fact that each year top in­ter­na­tional and Ir­ish acts grace its stages, cre­at­ing an ex­cit­ing melt­ing pot of pure mu­si­cal plea­sure.

Over the years in­ter­na­tional acts in­clud­ing Public En­emy, De La Soul and Manic Street Preach­ers have shared stages with top Ir­ish acts such as The Coronas and Bell X1, with mu­sic fans trav­el­ling from across Ire­land and Europe to revel in its unique at­mos­phere.

Its ap­peal was un­der­scored last Satur­day as hun­dreds of peo­ple queued up in Mitchel­stown to be­come the first to get their hands on early-bird tick­ets for ‘In­die’ 2018, which went on sale at a spe­cial ‘pop-up’ shop in the Yard Bar.

While acts for next year’s festival have yet to be an­nounced, event or­gan­iser Shane Dunne promised ticket hold­ers they would not be dis­ap­pointed.

“We have never rested on our lau­rels and want to make 2018 the big­gest and best In­die we have had yet. We’ve man­aged to grow In­die while avoid­ing in­crease in tick­ets cost to our fans, mak­ing it the best value for money fes­ti­vals in Ire­land,” said Shane.

“Open­ing day sales were up by 50% in com­par­i­son to the same day last year, which is great. Peo­ple are com­ing to In­die, they’re com­ing to Mitchel­stown and are will­ing to part with their hard earned money some nine months in ad­vance and be­fore we’ve even an­nounced a band. I think that says a lot,” he added.

While the ma­jor­ity of the early bird tick­ets sold out within two hours, a limited num­ber are still avail­able at Mitchel­stown Post Of­fice.

Each year some of the pro­ceeds from In­die are given back to the com­mu­nity through do­na­tions to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­i­ties, with many rep­re­sen­ta­tives call­ing to the pop-up shop last Satur­day to col­lect their cheques.

Groups to ben­e­fit this year in­cluded lo­cal sport­ing clubs, Spe­cial Friends Mitchel­stown, the Mitchel­stown Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, The ISPCC, the Cork Uni­ver­sity Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal and Ir­ish Guide Dogs.

In­die com­mit­tee mem­ber John Finn said they were de­lighted to be in a po­si­tion to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity that has sup­ported them over the years.

“We’re all im­mensely proud of where we are from and feel very priv­i­leged in­deed to be in a po­si­tion to sup­port lo­cal ini­tia­tives in what­ever way we can,” said John.

Mem­bers of the Indiepen­dence Festival com­mit­tee pre­sent­ing a cheque to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Spe­cial Friends Mitchel­stown last Satur­day.

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