Ach­tung baby: All dressed up

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES -

Bloom in the Phoenix Park clocked up 80,000 vis­i­tors this time last year and, with an at­trac­tive mix of mulch, marigolds and munchies, it’ll be prop­a­gat­ing a sim­i­lar if not health­ier crop this year. This Sun­day, Dublin Kite Fes­ti­val is be­ing thrown into the breeze on North Bull Is­land and it sounds like a whole­some, fun day out. Don’t panic if you don’t have a kite – they’ll be run­ning work­shops to show your­self and the chis­ellers how to knock one up.

At the op­po­site end of the spec­trum is the Rory Gal­lagher In­ter­na­tional Trib­ute Fes­ti­val in Ballyshan­non which en­joys more lu­natics per square inch than an au­di­tion line for Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent. Rockin’ blues in the main mar­quee and top-notch may­hem on the streets.

An­other mu­si­cal fête, and one more con­scious of its cool quo­tient, is For­bid­den Fruit at the Royal Hos­pi­tal Kil­main­ham. Chic bring the groove and Nile Rodgers will be in full flow, fresh from his all-con­quer­ing Daft Punk col­lab­o­ra­tion. Bring the danc­ing shoes – the man oozes funk ex­actly like Daniel O’Don­nell doesn’t.

If I could mas­ter the art of tri-lo­ca­tion I’d be hit­ting Lis­towel Writ­ers Week (ar­guably Ire­land’s best textual ses­sion, Dublin Writ­ers Week putting up a se­ri­ous chal­lenge this year, though) and step­ping out at the Glen of Aher­low Walk­ing Fes­ti­val, but I’m lim­it­ing my­self to four: Bloom, For­bid­den Fruit, Cat Laughs and the re-en­act­ment in Dun­can­non, purely for the spec­ta­cle of free-range Nazis.

Safe trav­els, don’t die.

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