Arklow en­joy­ing a great Seabreeze

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

The 2017 Arklow Seabreeze Fes­ti­val reaches its cli­max this week­end, with events tak­ing place from Fri­day, July 14, right through to Sun­day, July 16.

This fun, free and fam­ily-cen­tered event is a high­light in the town’s so­cial cal­en­dar and of­fers some­thing for young and old.

Mu­sic fans won’t be dis­ap­pointed as the week­end will bring live street per­for­mances from Bare Bones, Wise Guys, Grav­ity, Glen Art, Small Town Cri­sis, The Kilken­nys and Ray Dolan.

There will also be a chance for up and com­ing artists to have their mu­sic heard through the busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Clas­sic events such as the burger eat­ing con­test, baby show and teddy bears pic­nic will fea­ture along with newer at­trac­tions such as gi­ant games in the park, the great ball race and the mid­way chilli mad­ness.

If you just want to take in fes­ti­val fever as a spec­ta­tor then the WWF Wrestling show, First Re­spon­ders demon­stra­tion and pig derby will cer­tainly pro­vide plenty of en­ter­tain­ment.

The usual car­ni­val will run each night and there will be an ar­ray of on-street fun and games as well as a daz­zling fire­works dis­play to bring fes­tiv­i­ties to a close on Sun­day evening.

Those who want to en­sure a good view are en­cour­aged to gather at the bridge or the River­walk.

A new favourite at the Seabreeze Fes­ti­val is the Sum­mer Sounds event which wel­comed march­ing bands from all over the coun­try and over­seas to take part in this sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion.

The town will come alive with the sounds of march­ing bands at this event hosted by the Inbhear Mor Per­for­mance En­sem­ble.

This year the Arklow band is de­lighted to wel­come Lib­erty Drum Corps from Northamp­ton in Eng­land, Mullingar Town Band, Celtic Cru­saders, Clon­dalkin Youth Band And Vik­ings Drum Corps from Tal­laght. The show, which is co-hosted by the Ir­ish March­ing Bands As­so­ci­a­tion and Drum Corps Europe, will see over 200 mu­si­cians per­form­ing their 2017 pro­duc­tions. This show is the sixth out of 13 shows across five coun­tries in the 2017 Euro­pean Mu­sic Games.

Sum­mer Sounds takes place at Arklow Celtic Foot­ball Club at 1.30 p.m. on Satur­day, July 15. Ad­mis­sion is €5 for adults and €3 for chil­dren.

Af­ter the show on Satur­day night, bands move onto Main Street for ‘Drum Corps Rock the Town’ which will fea­ture street per­for­mances from Inbhear Mór Per­for­mance En­sem­ble and Lib­erty Drum Corps. The street events kicks off at 7.15 p.m.

For full list­ings and an event guide, visit the Seabreeze Fes­ti­val 2017 Face­book page.

The wrestling show at last year’s Arklow Seabreeze Fes­ti­val.

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