Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By CATHY LEE

ON the clean, grassy walk down from the car parks and through delicate fairy-light lit camp­site, you had the feel­ing that this week­end was go­ing to be something a lit­tle different, and this proved to be true.

Born out of Elec­tric Pic­nic, Kalei­do­scope has now set its stan­dards go­ing for­ward on what a unique fam­ily fes­ti­val can be, and there’s al­ready talk of next year as we are cer­tainly off to a good start.

In the vast grounds of Russ­bor­ough House and park­lands, the thou­sands that flocked there found that there re­ally was something on of­fer for ev­ery­one.

Big time head­line acts like

Imelda May, Tom Odell and Bell X1 rocked the house and had the crowd on their feet each evening and qual­ity mu­sic was ap­pre­ci­ated in Wild Youth, Deloren­tos, The Rip­tide Move­ment, Her­mitage Green and Ryan Sheri­dan.

The at­mos­phere was one of wel­come through­out the site, which could be seen dur­ing the Dublin Gospel Choir set on the main stage on Sun­day, when chil­dren were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. Other pop­u­lar acts were Sean and Conor Price from Bless­ing­ton, who found fame on last year’s X Fac­tor, and fel­low west Wick­low man Josh Grey.

Apart from the main stage, the Zoz­imus Stage saw Lit­tle Hours en­ter­tain on Satur­day, and Ryan Mack fol­lowed by Bry and DJ Kor­mac on Sun­day. The tent with the Jerry Fish Elec­tric Sideshow be­gan with cir­cus work­shops, and con­tin­ued with live mu­sic and a disco through­out the week­end.

In­side Rumple­dum­pus, chil­dren were en­ter­tained with the baby rave, fam­ily med­i­ta­tion, dance and yoga.

The hip­po­drome cin­ema had a lot to of­fer, while the won­der­land area pro­vided sto­ry­telling and pre­sen­ta­tions.

The Big Hoo­ley cel­e­brated tra­di­tional mu­sic, and there were wellness, food, play and car­ni­val ar­eas for all to en­joy.

Emma and Eileen Murphy. Karen, Conor, John and Sean Price.

Josh Gray from Bless­ing­ton on the main stage at Kalei­do­scope.

Sean Halpin, Tony Cur­tis , Siob­han Flock­ton and Eimear Zeller.

Donna and Marie Arch­bold.

Ryan and Leah Mul­hall.

Mar­garet and John Keogh.

Jimmy and Me­gan Mul­hall

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