The sweet smell of cheesy nos­tal­gia

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PUNCHESTOWN MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL

At a very quick and cyn­i­cal glance, the line up for the Punchestown Mu­sic Fes­ti­val could cause you to guf­faw. Shane Fi­lan? As in yer man from Westlife? Yes. He’s there but calm down and cast your judg­ments aside for just one sec­ond be­cause this is a fes­ti­val cen­tred around the fun and ridicu­lous el­e­ments of pop eras gone by, rather than the here and now.

This two-day fes­ti­val at the Punchestown race­course in Kil­dare, the old haunt­ing grounds of the Ox­e­gen mu­sic fes­ti­val, fea­tures Cul­ture Club, Tom Jones, All Saints, Dea­con Blue (Wooooohoooo woohoo woohoo), ABC, Vil­lage Peo­ple, Bon­nie Tyler, Bjorn Again and Boney M. Ba­si­cally, the side­line acts from Elec­tric Pic­nic that you swear you won’t miss Cari­bou for but – lo and be­hold – there you are, front row, throw­ing your flu­o­res­cent pink bra at Tom Jones dur­ing the fi­nal ren­di­tion of What’s New Pussy­cat?, los­ing what’s left of your al­ready raspy voice to Bon­nie Tyler’s I Need a Hero and roar­ing out to Boney M for just one more cho­rus from Rasputin. This is what (some of) the peo­ple want.

This is the fes­ti­val’s sec­ond year run­ning and as the num­ber of fes­ti­vals in Ire­land mul­ti­ples at a fe­ro­cious rate ev­ery sum­mer, it’s great that we have one that spe­cialises in nos­tal­gia and Abba trib­ute bands. Plus you can be guar­an­teed that there will be very few whip­per­snap­pers there to make you feel old.

Up to 20, 000 peo­ple are ex­pected to ar­rive each day and to see 20, 000 peo­ple do­ing the YMCA in uni­son will be a mem­ory you’ll cher­ish for­ever.

Are tick­ets still avail­able?

They are in­deed. Week­end tick­ets (¤129.00), day tick­ets (¤69.50) and camper van passes (¤50) are still avail­able to buy.

Can we camp?

The only camp­ing avail­able on­site is the pre-pitched bou­tique tents, tipis, bell tents, lux­ury lodges and camper­van site pro­vided by Pink Moon so you can leave your fly­sheet wor­ries be­hind for the week­end. The camp­sites will have 24-hour se­cu­rity, reg­u­larly ser­viced toi­lets and show­ers, a pam­per par­lour (with hair dry­ers and straight­en­ers), mo­bile charg­ing and its own café. Reg­u­lar camp­ing is not per­mit­ted. The Pink Moon & Camper­van Camp­site Opens from 9am on Satur­day July 29th and will close at 10am Mon­day July 31st.

What time does it kick­off at?

The fes­ti­val site opens at 2pm ev­ery day.

How do I get there?

The car parks open one hour be­fore the gate open­ing time on your ticket. There will be a pick up/drop off in Car Park H . This can be ac­cessed by Gate 3 on the L2023. Taxis must en­ter through Gate 6 on the R411 at the end of the event to pick up fares. The Punchestown Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Bus Ser­vice will run a daily ser­vice ev­ery 30 min­utes to the site be­tween noon and 5pm on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The buses will de­part from Ge­orge’s Quay and re­turn tick­ets are ¤20-25 if you book on­line in ad­vance. Tick­ets are ¤30 on the day and sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. Louise Bru­ton See bushire­dublin.net.

Cast your judg­ments aside for just one sec­ond be­cause this is a fes­ti­val cen­tred around the fun and ridicu­lous el­e­ments of pop eras gone by, rather than the here and now

Punchestown Peo­ple All to­gether now... Y - M -C - A

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