Mayo gets its own mu­sic fes­ti­val

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 24.02.2012 -

With many of Ire­land’s mu­sic fes­ti­vals tak­ing place on the east coast and in the mid­lands, the west of the coun­try has been ne­glected on the gig-bing­ing front. Un­til now, that is. The first West­port Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Per­form­ing Arts is set for June 23rd and 24th ,with a stel­lar line-up of both Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional acts.

Pitched as “a grown-up fes­ti­val for mu­sic fans who trea­sure their record col­lec­tion”, for­mer Kinks front­man Ray Davies will head­line the in­au­gu­ral non-camp­ing event in the Co Mayo town. Join­ing him on the bill are The Water­boys, Sea­sick Steve, Ali­son Moyet, Nick Lowe, Lloyd Cole, Tom Bax­ter, The Dublin­ers, Duke Spe­cial, Damien Dempsey, David Kitt, Eddi Reader and more. There will be two stages, an acous­tic arena and a kids’ area “to ri­val any mu­sic fes­ti­val in the world”, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers, who say that un­der-12s can at­tend free with any ticket-pay­ing adult.

A num­ber of up-and­com­ing Ir­ish acts will also per­form, in­clud­ing The Min­utes, Cars Love Girls, The Kanyu Tree and Rainy Boy Sleep, with more names still to be added.

Go west, old man: Ray Davies

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