Finally, the week is coming to an end (for some of us) and we can take our well-deserved rest, or have a little bit of fun, fun, fun! Apart from the weather, this weekend will not let you down. You are spoiled for choice!


5th-10th August – International Festival of Traditional Irish Music – Feakle, Co. Clare

From the 5th – 10th of August the quaint village of Feakle, Co. Clare, will be the home of the International Festival of Traditional Irish Music. But Feakle is not all about music! Tutor’s recitals and singing/poetry sessions will also be held during the five days of the feile. The festival is child friendly and on Saturday children can learn the art of Irish Sean-nòs dancing, in Feackle National School. If you want to have a closer encounter with Irish Music, don’t waste anymore of your time! Join and enjoy Feakle’s workshops in fiddle (or violin), concertina, flute, accordion and much more. At night time, St. Mary’s Church and the Community Hall will offer you live music while the grand ‘finale’ will take place at the Marquee with the famous TULLA CEILI BAND.
Spraoi Maith!


6-9th August – The Clonmel Busking Festival, Co. Tipperary

The Clonmel Busking Festival, Co. Tipperary, will grant us four days of free music. The busking is right in the town centre and it is for everyone, for young and old! At night, pubs and bars all over the town will host bands and singers (admission is free).

At 8pm, Don Baker will inaugurate the festival. If you don’t know who Baker is, he’s an Irish blues musician, singer and songwriter, who will be waiting for you at The Coachman. Among the acts are RED MELODY, THE STRANGER, FLOG THE DOG, and LOUDEST WHISPER, accompanied by ninety-six other bands. In fact, the festival will see over 100 acts play over the course of the four-days.

On Saturday, from 1 – 5pm, The Market Place will be hosting the junior busking showcase. On Sunday, the Denis Burke Park will run a family fun day with more music and bouncy castles. Vintage cars show and live wrestling events are perfect opportunities for mums and dads to bond with their children.
Raise your hands if you don’t like ‘freebies’!


7-10th August – The Bliss Festival – Co Down

A rather new event is The Bliss Festival, held in Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint, Co. Down – quite different from every festival you have experienced before. If you are not open minded, sorry to break it to you, don’t go near it! People and workshops are experienced in a unique style. Role-plays and touch workshops WILL see nudity involved. The festival offers hot tubs, rituals and ceremonies and it is all done while totally free from drugs and alcohol. Yes, you read it! It is an alcohol-free event. The Bliss Festival’s slogan is: ‘Sexual Freedom, Health and Pleasure in Mind, Body and Spirit’.

What does it mean exactly? I cannot answer that, you need to experience it for yourself. Bliss Festival is not a music and arts event but DJs, burlesque artists and the Dubliner singer/songwriter Paul Sheridan will be there.

Beware: it is ADULT only! I will be far too busy this weekend to enjoy any festival, but if you go to this one please drop me a line.


7-8th August – The Sligo Summer Festival

Sligo is celebrating the Irish “summer” with its two day festival in Stephen St. Car Park. On the 8th of August BONEY M will bring you right back in the 70’s with their greatest hits – from Daddy Cool to Rasputin. On the 9th of August, American group WHEATUS will take over the stage. The festival will run from 6 – 11pm with admission fee as low as three euro. Local acts like: The Quakers, This Side Up, and Peter Mooney will also be entralling audiences.

Have you decided yet? No? Toss a coin!