Celtic metalheads invade Baltics
After headlining Moscow’s St Patrick’s Day parade in March, Dublin metal band Cruachan continue their domination of eastern Europe when they headline Lithuania’s biggest music festival, Menuo Juodaragis, a celebration of Baltic folklore and culture held on Lake Zarasas island from August 24-26. Cruachan, whose brand of metal incorporates paganism and Celtic mythology, are largely unknown in Ireland but have a healthy fanbase in other parts of Europe.
“We were contacted by the festival organisers a few years ago but due to other commitments we couldn’t make it, so 2012 is our year,” the band’s vocalist, Keith Fay, told The Ticket. “They have wanted us there for some time, as we fit perfectly with the ancient theme of the whole thing. We’ll be sharing a dressing-room and stage with Lithuania’s biggest rock star and Eurovision sensation, Andrius Mamontovas – that should be interesting!”