Use your fes­ti­val fran­chise

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

With the weather we’ve been hav­ing lately, you wouldn’t be blamed for shun­ning thoughts of camp­ing and stand­ing in a rainy field for hours on end – but you may be in­ter­ested in cast­ing your mind back to the (sort of) hazy days of sum­mer mo­men­tar­ily, then cast­ing your vote in the Ir­ish Fes­ti­val Awards.

Pub­lic vot­ing is now open for the awards, which hon­our the best of the mul­ti­tude of fes­ti­vals, big and small, that run na­tion­wide through­out the year. Vot­ing will be open through De­cem­ber and Jan­uary, and the win­ners will be an­nounced in a cer­e­mony early next year, which will be open to the pub­lic to at­tend.

Or­gan­ised by Cher­rycool Pro­mo­tions, the com­pany that also runs the Cas­tle Palooza fes­ti­val (which is ex­cluded from nom­i­na­tions in the in­ter­est of fair­ness), the IFA was founded in 2007, and com­prises more than 20 cat­e­gories for pa­trons to vote in, in­clud­ing best-value fes­ti­val, best one-day fes­ti­val, best line-up and even best toi­lets.

Those who vote are el­i­gi­ble for a com­pe­ti­tion for fes­ti­val tick­ets for 2011. fes­ti­valawards.ie

The elec­torate: which fes­ti­val gets your vote?

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