Sea Sessions, June 27-29:
The surf and music festival returns to Bundoran next June. Early bird tier 1 tickets onsale 9am tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26, €79 for weekend ticket plus camping. Buy tickets here. 2013 headliners included Bastille and Fat Freddy’s Drop.
Body & Soul, June 20-22:
I really enjoyed this year’s festival, where Nick Cave, Fuck Buttons and Charles Bradley blew me away. Tier 1 early bird tickets at €79.50 sold out on Friday, tier 2 for €89.50 sold out shortly afterwards and tier 3, for €99.50, are onsale here.
Indiependence, August 1-3:
Next year marks the fifth year of Indiependence at Deer Farm, Co Cork. Early bird tickets for three-day weekend with camping go onsale Thursday, November 28, costing €70. It is available to those who have previously purchased a ticket to the festival, either through tickets.ie or a physical ticket. The offer will run until Indie14’s launch next March. Headliners for the 2013 festival included Bell X1 and De La Soul.
Castlepalooza, August 1-3:
Less info here, but they say early bird tickets will be onsale sometime this week. Early bird tickets for this year’s festival cost just €59. ASIWYFA, Fight Like Apes and Ghostpoet headlined the 2013 instalment.
Electric Picnic, August 29-31:
Reward scheme tickets go onsale December 11. If you’ve been to the Picnic before, you must prove it to avail of the scheme. Anyone that already attended this year will be sent a code directly from Ticketmaster to purchase your reward scheme tickets. Ticket prices and further information TBA. Headliners at the 10th year of the festival included The Knife and My Bloody Valentine.
Life Festival in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, promises early bird ticket news shortly. That festival usually takes place the last weekend of May, clashing with Primavera. No word as yet on Forbidden Fruit or Longitude – can both return?
So who’ll be playing the festivals?
As long as Arctic Monkeys announce a gig SOMEWHERE in Ireland, I’ll be happy (they’re doing T in the Park 2014). Arcade Fire are surely going to play a festival, but it won’t be Electric Picnic. They’re in Europe from the end of May (Primavera) with their next American date at the end of July so there should be an Irish date in there somewhere. Who would YOU like to see headline next year?