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The Na­tional have been un­veiled as the first head­lin­ing turn at All To­gether Now, which fol­low­ing this year’s spec­tac­u­lar in­au­gu­ral three­dayer re­turns to Cur­ragh­more Es­tate in Water­ford over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day.

The Ir­ish mu­sic fam­ily was shocked in Novem­ber when its co-founder, John Reynolds, passed away. It’s a fit­ting trib­ute to him that the fes­ti­val, which in many ways was the cul­mi­na­tion of his life’s work, will con­tinue to evolve.

An­other of John’s in­spired cre­ations, For­bid­den Fruit, is back at the Royal Hos­pi­tal Kil­main­ham from June 1-3.

Satur­day’s head­lin­ing duo are Skepta and Danny Brown; Mura Masa do the Sun­day hon­ours; and El­bow and First Aid Kit bring the rock ‘n’ roll on Mon­day.

Ap­pear­ing across the week­end are Jon Hop­kins, Paul Kalk­bren­ner, Home­shake, Daniel Avery, Mall Grab, Saint Sis­ter and Mari­bou State, Polo & Pan and Ross From Friends who’ll all be play­ing live sets.

Mean­while, July 5-7 finds Hot Press 2019 An­nual cover stars Ver­sa­tile join Chance The Rap­per, A$AP Rocky, Fu­ture, Brock­hamp­ton, Rae Srem­murd, Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD, Aminé, Den­zel Curry, $ui­cideBoy$, Lil Baby, Sheck Wes, Clario, Slowthai and Flo­hio in head­ing to Mar­lay Park for an­other dis­tinctly ur­ban-flavoured Lon­gi­tude.

Sea Ses­sions re­turns to Bun­do­ran from June 21-23 with tick­ets priced be­tween €109.90 for three days, and €139.90 for four nights with camp­ing.

Shar­ing head­line du­ties are Si­grid whose de­but al­bum drops in March and is cer­tain to bag the top spot; Clean Ban­dit whose re­cently re­leased and very star stud­ded What Is Love? col­lec­tion is right­fully re­ceiv­ing rave re­views all round; and lo­cal­ish lads Two Door Cin­ema who also have new mu­sic com­ing down the tracks. We say it ev­ery year, but that’s def­i­nitely one of their strong­est line-ups to date.

Add in Wild Youth, Le Boom, Her­mitage Green, DJ Hype, Columbia Mills, Mon­tauk Ho­tel and Tim Chad­wick and the pro­gramme of top notch surf­ing events, and it’s go­ing to be an­other Done­gal long week­end to re­mem­ber.

A lim­ited num­ber of Two-Day Early Birds are still avail­able for Van­tas­ti­val, which cel­e­brates “ten years of craic deal­ing” from May 31-June 2 at Beaulieu House & Gar­dens in Louth.

Among the first acts to be an­nounced are King Kong Com­pany, David Keenan, Wal­lis Bird, Lisa O’Neill, Cry Mon­ster Cry, Just Mus­tard and I’d Fight Gandhi.

Van­tas­ti­val 2019 aims to be a fully car­bon neu­tral fes­ti­val with a host of new green ini­tia­tives, and ed­u­ca­tional work­shops and talks fo­cussing on all as­pects of event sus­tain­abil­ity and wider en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously re­vealed Bastille and Biffy Clyro as its head­lin­ers, In­die (they’ve dropped the –pen­dence part) has re­vealed more of the artists head­ing to Mitchel­stown from Au­gust 2-4.

They are Noth­ing But Thieves, All Tvvins, Le Boom, Han­nah Waits, Dis­ci­ples, Wild Youth, Ryan McMul­lan, Chas­ing Abbey, The Un­der­tones, The Frank & Wal­ters, Laoise, AE MAk, Tim Chad­wick, Vulpynes, Sun­shine Fris­bee Laser­beam, Only The Po­ets and

Maxi Jazz who’ll be in DJ mode.

Week­end Camp­ing tick­ets are avail­able at the Early Bird price of €139.

While yet to make their first lineup an­nounce­ment - we’re sure it’ll be jam-packed with qual­ity Ir­ish acts Knock­anS­tockan have Early Bird Tick­ets avail­able for its lat­est July 19-21 gath­er­ing of the mu­si­cal clans at Bless­ing­ton Lakes. Stay tuned to hot­ for reg­u­lar fes­ti­val up­dates.






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