Reclaiming the fields
Not all outdoor shows this summer will feature old men and over-priced indie acts. There are also a few homegrown festivals to keep an eye on.
Festivals returning to a field near you include the Irish Green Gathering (Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, August 8-10), Day Of Darkness (Ballylinan, Co Laois, July 4-5), Mantua Project (Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon, August 1-3) and Glasgowbury (Draperstown, Co Derry, July 26).
Castle Palooza is all back, with Mystery Jets, The Black Seeds, The Flaws, Luan Parle, Fight Like Apes and others playing in Tullamore in August.
On May 3, Sibin takes over the Man O’ War pub in north county Dublin. Its four stages will feature General Levy, DJ Storm, Noise Control, DJ Bailey, Magnetize and many more.