The Blades and Ocean Colour Scene have been announced as the headline acts for Groove 2016, taking place on July 2nd and 3rd at Killruddery House, Co Wicklow.

Special Guests for the Blades will be Aslan. Tickets priced €49.50 for a day or €74.50 for a weekend pass will go on sale, Thursday 11th February at 9am from www.groovefestival.ie or www.tickets.ie . All tickets are “Come + Go” passes which allow for entry/exit to the site.

Following a hugely successful three years, Groove offers music lovers a feast of great acts over two days at the magnificent Killruddery House, just half an hour from Dublin. Groove is considered one of the most family-friendly festivals in the country with a host of on-site activities for all ages plus the best of Irish and international music. Sounds good!

Groove festival goers spoke and organisers listened; so this year, for the first time, picnics will be allowed on site. A wide selection of food stalls will still be available, but allowing picnics gives attendees the freedom to choose.

Saturday 2nd July will see The Blades’ first festival appearance since 2013. The Blades are icons of Irish music and the organisers are honoured that the guys have decided to make one of their very few live appearances at Groove.

Ocean Colour Scene headline the Sunday night bill. They are back with a bang for 2016, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their classic album Moseley Shoals. This is the lads’ first appearance in Ireland since 2013 and only Leinster show, this year.

Aslan join the groovey bill with a rare festival appearance for the band, who took their name from the heroic lion in C.S. Lewis’s series of books. Aslan merged from Finglas and Ballymun in the mid 1980’s and went on to have massive hit singles with songs such as This Is, and Crazy World.

Neville Staple from the Specials (aka ‘The Original Rudeboy’) will support Ocean Colour Scene at this year’s festival. Neville is credited with changing the face of popular music in his 35-year-career and he continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement and to thrill audiences with his own band. Neville will be performing the best songs of The Specials alongside other ska favourites at Groove.

Tickets

Groove have  “Come + Go” passes which allow for entry and exit to the site in a flexible way all day or weekend from only €49.50 plus booking fee. Children 3 and under go free!

· Adult Day Ticket: €49.50 (+€4 booking fee)

· Adult Weekend Come + Go pass: €74.50 (+€5 booking fee)

· Minor (4yrs to 15yrs) Day Ticket: €14.50 (+€ 2 booking fee)

· Minor (4yrs to 15yrs) Weekend Ticket: €24.50 (+€2.50 booking fee)

· One Day Family Ticket (2 adults / 2 kids) €120 (+€7.50 booking fee)

· Weekend Family Come + Go Pass (2 adults / 2 kids) €179.50 (+ €9.50 booking fee)