The one and only en route to Ca­van

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Inside - lmur­phy @irish­times. com By Lau­ren Mur­phy

The big guns may have an­nounced their line-ups, but for those who pre­fer their fes­ti­vals a lit­tle smaller in size or more spe­cial­ist in na­ture, there’s plenty of al­ter­na­tives on of­fer.

Sibín, one of few fes­ti­vals in Ire­land with a dis­tinctly un­der­ground agenda, will take place at The Mill­house, Slane, Co Kil­dare on Satur­day, April 30th. There’ll be five stages at the site, in­clud­ing a ded­i­cated techno/elec­tro stage, a bands stage, and a reg­gae stage. As or­gan­is­ers want to keep the event (which be­gan in 2008 as a birth­day bash for founder Michael Soro) some­what ex­clu­sive, num­bers are lim­ited. Tick­ets, in­clud­ing re­turn bus tick­ets from Dublin, are avail­able from even­tele­phant.com.

Mean­while, the Sham­Rock Mu­sic Fes­ti­val takes place at Ca­van Eques­trian Cen­tre from June 3rd to 5th. A large num­ber of tribute bands such as These Charm­ing Men, Oa­sish, The Fillers and Cold­place will be joined by Damien Dempsey, O Em­peror, Gemma Hayes, Repub­lic of Loose and Ch­es­ney Hawkes. Yes, that Ch­es­ney Hawkes. In Mon­aghan, the Har­vest Time Blues Fes­ti­val runs from Septem­ber 2nd to 4th (har­vest­blues.com) with a num­ber of Amer­i­can blues­men mak­ing the trip. And Cork x South­west, at Liss Ard Es­tate, will see Echo & the Bun­ny­men and Patti Smith along­side young guns like Mick Flan­nery, Jape and Yuck on June 4th and 5th corkxsw.com

Ch­es­ney Hawkes: in Ca­van in June

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