Blue­grass and Elvis for Sligo

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

Don’t pack away your fes­ti­val para­pher­na­lia just yet, though. Au­tumn’s Sligo Live fes­ti­val will re­turn for its eighth year this Oc­to­ber. From the 26th–31st, high­pro­file mu­si­cians will min­gle with lesser-known artists in var­i­ous pubs, clubs and cafés in the north­west­ern town.

Acts al­ready an­nounced in­clude Elvis Costello, who will make his only ap­pear­ance in the Repub­lic this year at the Knocknarea Arena venue at Sligo IT on Oc­to­ber 29th. Play­ing the same venue on Oc­to­ber 28th is KT Tun­stall, while hard-rock­ing blue­grass out­fit Hay­seed Dixie play The Model on Oc­to­ber 28th. Al­though those gigs are tick­eted, 80 per cent of events dur­ing the fes­ti­val will be free, with many more acts yet to be added.

“As we are in­de­pen­dent, we need to be imag­i­na­tive in our pro­gram­ming,” fes­ti­val pro­ducer Rory O’Con­nor said. www.sligo­

Elvis Costello at Knocknarea

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