SATUR­DAY 03.07.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

FES­TI­VAL/RU­RAL Van­tas­ti­val Beaulieu House, Bal­tray, Drogheda, Co Louth ¤90/¤40 Sat-Sun van­tas­ti­ We have a lot of time for the smaller, in­de­pen­dently run open-air fes­ti­vals –Van­tas­ti­val is one of the best ex­am­ples of how to do it right. Per­sis­tence, a fo­cus on emerg­ing bands, and an in­ter­est­ing theme (which can snag a per­fect-match spon­sor) has en­abled fes­ti­val co-founders Louise Tangney and Benny Taafe to forge a fam­ily-friendly event that knows its worth as well as its lim­i­ta­tions. The fes­ti­val has been lo­cated in var­i­ous ar­eas within Co Louth since its in­cep­tion in 2010, but this is its sec­ond year at Beaulieu House, a fine heritage prop­erty lo­cated by the banks of the River Boyne. Full line-up de­tail­sare on the web­site, but we’re par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to see­ing Over­head, the Al­ba­tross, Lankum, Cat Dowl­ing, Mark Geary, and Min­driot. TCL FES­TI­VAL/UR­BAN For­bid­den Fruit The Royal Hospi­tal Kil­main­ham, Dublin ¤145.50/¤109.50/ ¤99.50/¤64.50/¤59.50/¤49.50 tick­et­mas­ It’s a wel­come re­turn for For­bid­den Fruit, which is not only 2017’s first open air city-based sum­mer fes­ti­val but also an es­tab­lished event that moves closer and closer to the edges with each pass­ing year. The line-up across the week­end is, as they say, stellar, and fea­tures the likes of Or­bital, Nao, Booka Shade, with Craig Walker (Satur­day), Aphex Twin, Ni­cholas Jaar, Moderat (Sun­day), and Bon Iver, Fly­ing Lo­tus, Danny Brown, The Staves (Mon­day). And don’t for­get to check out some very fine Ir­ish acts per­form­ing over the week­end – these in­clude Tara Lee, Barq, Ja­faris (Satur­day), Ships, Soule, He­roes in Hid­ing (Sun­day) and Ryan Vail, Rusangano Fam­ily, Ta­los, and Lisa Han­ni­gan (Mon­day). TCL

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