The sweet smell of cheesy nostalgia
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