Sum­mer fes­ti­vals thick on the ground

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 26.03.2010 -

It’s not just the ma­jor fes­ti­vals hop­ing to en­tice Ir­ish mu­sic fans this sum­mer. As well as Aiken Pro­mo­tions’ Live at the Mar­quee fes­ti­val (sched­uled for Cork’s Dock­lands across June and July), the an­nual Indiepen­dence Fes­ti­val in Mitchel­stown, Co Cork will take place on the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end (July 31st to Au­gust 1st).

UK band Rev­erend & the Mak­ers have been an­nounced as head­lin­ers, and they’ll be joined by a plethora of Ir­ish acts in­clud­ing O Em­peror, Duke Spe­cial, Deloren­tos, Jape, The Fu­neral Suits and more. Tick­ets are on sale now. mitchels town­fest.com

Cas­tle Palooza will run on the same week­end in the grounds of Tul­lam­ore’s Charleville Cas­tle in Co Of­faly. Al­though the line-up is be­ing kept un­der wraps un­til mid-April, or­gan­iser Cil­lian Ste­wart promised that the fes­ti­val’s fifth birth­day would be the best yet. There will also be dance and art work­shops, a day spa, ex­hi­bi­tions and plenty of other ex­tras run­ning over the week­end. castlepalooza.com

Done­gal will host surf’n’ mu­sic fes­ti­val The Sea Ses­sions on June 25th, 26th and 27th, with per­for­mances from Paul Weller, Tom Bax­ter, Fun Lovin’ Crim­i­nals, Cathy Davey, David Holmes and more. seases­sions. com

Iggy Pop has an­nounced that his stage­div­ing days are over. The 62-year-old punk leg­end ad­mit­ted that his last stage­dive in New York was so dis­as­trous, that he’s quit­ting be­fore he breaks or bruises any­thing else. Teenage Fan­club will un­veil their first al­bum in five years this June. The release of Shad­ows will be ac­com­pa­nied by a Dublin date at The Academy on May 30th.

White Stripes’ Jack White and Jay-Z have col­lab­o­rated on an “in­cred­i­ble” new song to­gether. The un­named track, for which Jay-Z pro­vided vo­cals and lyrics , may ap­pear on the rap­per’s next al­bum.

The boys are back: Fun Lovin’ Crim­i­nals in Done­gal

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