IT WAS A SEASON OF FESTIVAL HIGHS
t was another big year on the Irish festival front with Electric Picnic, Longitude and Sea Sessions all selling out weeks in advance, and attendances up at both Forbidden Fruit and Body & Soul. Electric Picnic was a bigger success than ever before, with record numbers streaming to Stradbally for what proved to be a stonking weekend's music.
There were also precious few tickets to be had for All
Together Now, which made its August Bank Holiday bow on the Curraghmore Estate in Waterford. The three-dayer found John Reynolds, who tragically died in October on the eve of another of his events, Metropolis, returning to his boutique festival roots with a bill topped by Roisin Murphy, Fleet Foxes, Villagers, Mura Masa, First Aid Kit, Mogwai and Chaka Khan.
John also joined David Bell in launching Vinyl, May’s conversational bash, which lured such legendary figures as Flood, Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde, Cillian Murphy, Geoff Barrow, Lol Tolhurst, Scott Gorham, Tracey Thorn and Tim Burgess to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Both are testimony to John’s imagination and ability. He will be sorely missed.
Meanwhile, in what will hopefully become the norm rather than the exception, Electric Picnic organisers Festival Republic took the bold step of supporting the launch of The Folly,a
gender-balanced two-day event in the grounds of Cullahill Castle in Laois. The Lost Brothers, Curtis Walsh, Holly Macve and Molly Sterling helped make it a July weekend to remember.