Festiveflavours KILKENNY LOUTH DUBLIN
BANK HOLIDAY FESTIVALS
Publish and be damned – festival fever hits the country! Yes, it looks like the panic that usually visits during the summer months has arrived at least five weeks early.
In Belfast, there’s the robust Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, which continues with performances from the likes of Inishbofin Island 3pm 135/120 inishbofin.com
The Webb Sisters
UK sister unit creatively knit together folk and pop traditions. Part of Kilkenny Roots Festival 2014. Watergate Theatre 8pm 120 kilkennyroots. com Also Mon, Dublin
My Darling Clementine
Aka Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish – UK duo fond of and skilful with Ye Olde Americana. Part of Kilkenny Roots Festival 2014. Ryans Bar 9pm 112 Mark Mulcahy, Hamell on Trial (See What’s on Your Rider), Wilko Johnson, Tinariwen (above), Glenn Tilbrook, Wild Beasts, Dum Dum Girls, and not one but two “families” – Handsome and Fat White.
In Kilkenny, the annual Roots Festival puts on a fine show with gigs from a vast array of talent, including the aforementioned Mark Mulcahy and Hamell on
Punk/roots singersongwriter – tougher than the rest. As part of Kilkenny Roots Festival 2014. Cleere’s 10.30pm 115 kilkennyroots.com
Three-day event, featuring the likes of Fight Like Apes, Hothouse Flowers, The Hot Sprockets, Engine Alley, Jinx Lennon and John Spillane. Bellurgan Park 3pm 195/145 vantastival.com Also Sat/Sun, Louth Trial, The Webb Sisters, Lyla Foy, Sturgill Simpson, John Doe, Jimmy McCarthy and My Darling Clementine.
In Co Kerry, Dingle-based Féile na Bealtaine pulls off something of a coup by securing Little Green Cars.
In Co Louth, Dundalk-based Vantastival sees the likes of Fight Like Apes, Hot Sprockets and John Spillane ply their respective trades, while Drogheda Arts Festival features a wide range of creative types, including a gig from the ever engrossing Lisa O’Neill. And there’s more – check listings for details.
TONY CLAYTON-LEA Can’Tsee ThaT? CaTchThis TORI AMOS
Mon, Cork; Wed/ Thurs, Dublin
One man, one guitar and all that noise. Part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Festival Marquee 8pm £12 cqaf.com
Superb Belfastbased rock act who clearly love The Cure and New Order. Special guest is Princess. As part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Black Box 9pm £7 cqaf.com
The coolest UK folk singer-songwriter around? NCH 7.30pm 120/118 nch.ie