30 FAN­TAS­TIC SHOWS IN THE SPIEGEL­TENT

Wexford People - - NEWS -

WITH just over a month to go, tick­ets are sell­ing fast for this year’s Spiegel­tent Fes­ti­val.

The 2017 event has ar­guably the best line-up yet and, with a a di­verse pro­gramme of acts rang­ing from Imelda May to the Wex­ford Male Voice Choir, there’s surely some­thing for every­one.

The fes­ti­val in the Par­adiso Spiegel­tent on Wex­ford

Quayfront runs for an ex­panded 19 days this year, from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13 to

Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31, with

30 shows shoe­horned into the pro­gramme. For al­most two weeks, it over­laps the

Opera Fes­ti­val, which runs from Oc­to­ber 19 to Novem­ber 5, so the town will be a prime des­ti­na­tion for mu­sic fans of all tastes through Oc­to­ber.

Four dates are al­ready sold out, Smokie on open­ing night, Paul Heaton & Jac­qui Ab­bott on Oc­to­ber 28, and Imelda May’s double-header (Oc­to­ber 23 and 31), and a num­ber of other shows are ex­pected to sell out soon.

There’s a strong lo­cal of­fer­ing this year with a spe­cial line-up of Wex­ford artists on the 16th (see this week’s Art & Cul­ture on pages 28 & 29), WOLFF on the 17 th, Cor­ner Boy on the 19th, Cry Be­fore Dawn on the 22nd, and the Wex­ford Male Voice Choir on the penul­ti­mate night, Oc­to­ber 30.

This will be Cry Be­fore Dawn’s first home­town gig in some time, and the first with orig­i­nal gui­tarist Tony Hall back in the fold, com­plet­ing the line-up that scaled some heady heights back in the eight­ies. Cry Be­fore Dawn’s orig­i­nal four haven’t played Wex­ford town to­gether in al­most three decades, so it’s a spe­cial night for lo­cal fans.

Aside from the sell­out acts, some of Ir­ish mu­sic’s heavy-hit­ters are Spiegel­tent-bound this year, in­clud­ing the al­ways-pop­u­lar As­lan, Hot­house Flow­ers, Sharon Shan­non, Hud­son Tay­lor, The Strypes and The Rip­tide Move­ment who closed the fes­ti­val with a bang last year.

There’s ex­cep­tional value for €24 on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, with no fewer than four of Ire­land’s top indie bands on the same bill: Her­mitage Green, Delorentos, Ham Sand­wich and Raglans. Two nights later, €15 gets you ac­cess to a Wex­ford spe­cial with per­for­mances from Luke Jack­son (AKA JaX­son), Niall Cash, Fit For Kings, and Me­gan-Kate Doolan.

The Spiegel­tent fes­ti­val is also good for a laugh, or plenty of them, with the likes of Al Porter, Foil Arms and Hog, PJ Gal­lagher, and Der­mot & Dave, all com­ing to town.

Add pup­pet leg­end Bosco, the pop­u­lar Pro­hi­bi­tion Party, and the ‘spook­tac­u­lar’ Freak Fan­tas­tique into the mix and it’s easy to see why over 60 per cent of the au­di­ence at last year’s Spiegel­tent fes­ti­val at­tended more than one event.

For all the ticket prices and avail­abil­ity, and to book, visit wex­ford­spiegel­tent.com, drop in to the Lan­tern Events ticket of­fice at 1 North Main Street, or call 053 9199199.

PAUL HEATON & JAC­QUI AB­BOTT SOME PEO­PLE VS REGINALD D HUNTER SHARON SHAN­NON TUM­BLE CIR­CUS FOIL, ARMS & HOG LUKE JACK­SON AL PORTER PRO­HI­BI­TION PARTY AS­LAN PJ GAL­LAGHER PAULA LAM­BERT COR­NER BOY

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