Smokin’ launch for 6th edi­tion of KFest

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

FRI­DAY night at O’Shea’s Bar, Killorglin, marked the launch of the KFest 2018 pro­gramme where a bar­be­cue and DJ sounds helped kick-off another ex­cit­ing fes­ti­val which takes place from June 1-4. This is the sixth year of KFest and last year’s event alone man­aged to at­tract close to 10,000 vis­i­tors to the town which is ku­dos to the fes­ti­val’s ex­pand­ing rep­u­ta­tion.

Over 50 events are sched­uled to take place in a week­end that is a stun­ning com­pli­ment to the arts and to lo­cal tal­ent which is given an op­por­tu­nity to show­case it­self. The Gallery Trail will once again breathe new life into Killorglin’s va­cant build­ings which are won­der­fully re-born into be­spoke pop-up de­sign gal­leries of vary­ing di­men­sions.

“Each year we seem to re­fine our­selves a lit­tle more and fo­cus in on who we are and what we’re try­ing to achieve as a fes­ti­val. The launch party was a very en­ter­tain­ing and fun evening,” said Penny Dahl of KFest.

Mu­sic is a sta­ple of the fes­ti­val and this year sees the likes of Le Boom, Emma Lang­ford, Ocelots, Vulpynes, and Eve Bell which is a sam­ple of what vis­i­tors to Killorglin can ex­pect. The Poetry Brothel is also not to be missed as mu­si­cians, bur­lesque dancers, body pain­ters, drag queens, ma­gi­cians, aerial ac­ro­bats, and tarot card read­ers bring poetry to a whole other stage. Prism Ensem­ble will also com­bine some of the lesser known pieces by mu­si­cians like Mahler and Beethoven, along­side move­ments from the Dumky Trio by Dvo­rak.

“Every year we try to ex­pand a lit­tle and to im­prove KFest in terms of qual­ity. We’ve re­ally tight­ened up our se­lec­tion process which is re­flected in the qual­ity of our pro­gramme. This year we have the likes of Jim Sheri­dan com­ing to Killorglin which is huge. We have some ex­cit­ing artists and they are tak­ing a chance on us as much as KFest is tak­ing a chance on them,” Penny added.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Lo­cal res­i­dents and com­mit­tee mem­bers at the launch of K-Fest in O’Shea’s Bar and Beer Gar­den, Killorglin on Fri­day.

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