Boom­town Rats among high­lights as Sligo Live en­ter­tains fans

The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA GAL­LAGHER

FROM rock mu­sic to com­edy, Sligo Live had it all for fans who flocked to the North­west at the week­end for an­other packed fes­ti­val pro­gramme.

Or­gan­is­ers of the event, now in its 14 th year, said they were very happy over­all with how the fes­ti­val went.

Co­me­dian Dara O’Bri­ain, the Boom­town Rats and the Boot­leg Bea­tles drew in huge au­di­ences as did the gigs in the Hawk’s Well and the Ar­rivals.

There were record crowds through­out the week­end and Rory O’Con­nor, or­gan­iser, said that feed­back from the fans was very good.

“We are de­lighted with the suc­cess of Sligo Live this year. “Some of our ini­tia­tives like the three strong in­de­pen­dent women’s co-pro­duc­tions with the Hawk’s Well and our rein­tro­duc­tion of live com­edy to the pro­gramme were par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful with ev­ery­thing a sell-out.

“Wil­lie Kelly pro­grammed this year’s Ar­rivals and his se­lec­tions to­gether with the strong fringe put on by many of the pubs and cafes saw full houses and de­lighted au­di­ences all over town.

“It has re­ally been a fan­tas­tic year and we are look­ing for­ward to an­other amaz­ing Fes­ti­val in 2019,” Rory added.

“Some changes were nec­es­sary this year with Shane Mitchell’s need to step back and con­cen­trate on Dervish’s ex­cit­ing new de­vel­op­ments, so the team was strength­ened with won­der­fully ca­pa­ble peo­ple like Wil­lie, Jean MacDon­ald, Elsa Kelly, Fiona O’Con­nor whose op­er­a­tional and ad­min­is­tra­tion skills held us all to­gether and our tech­ni­cal, mar­ket re­search and front of house teams who worked tire­lessly dur­ing the fes­ti­val pe­riod to give the pub­lic a fan­tas­tic Sligo Live ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I think we all need to give them a huge vote of thanks for mak­ing the long week­end a ma­jor suc­cess,” Rory added.

Sligo Live cel­e­brated the area’s dy­namic mu­si­cal per­son­al­ity with thou­sands of mu­sic fans de­scended on the town. Restau­rants, pubs and hote­liers were packed over the 6 days with an elec­tri­fy­ing buzz around the streets and venues. There was a great feel-good at­mos­phere through­out the week­end. Among the top names per­form­ing in the Hawk’s Well were Lisa Han­ni­gan and Su­san O’Neill, with Woodville na­tive Ni­amh Far­rell and Saint Sis­ter also re­ceiv­ing rave re­views as did Rhi­an­non Giddens and spe­cial guest Liz Car­roll. An­other suc­cess­ful Sligo Live to look back on.

Caro­line Ea­ton, Su­san Con­way, Lesley Ea­ton and Siob­hain Ea­ton at the Boot­leg Bea­tles.

Marie McLough­lin, Sec­re­tary, Town Branch, Sligo Comhal­tas, Re­becca McGrath, 2nd, Cllr.De­clan Bree, John Scott, Town Branch, Sligo Comhal­tas, Mayor of Sligo Mu­nic­i­pal District, Cllr. Ros­aleen O’Grady, Hay­ley Richard­son, 1st, Verona Ryan, Vice Chair­per­son, Town Branch, Sligo Comhal­tas, Martin En­right, Chair­per­son, Town Branch, Sligo Comhal­tas and Caoimhe Flan­nery, 3rd in the Fid­dler of Dooney.

Fans of the Boom­town Rats at the con­cert in the Knocknarea Arena on Satur­day night.

Pic:

Re­becca McGrath 2nd, Hay­ley Richard­son, 1st and Caoimhe Flan­nery, 3rd in the Fid­dler of Dooney com­pe­ti­tion in the Methodist Hall, last Sun­day. Carl Bren­nan.

The Boot­leg Bea­tles on stage in the Knocknarea Arena.

Ni­amh and Chris Gon­ley.

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