After a sold-out event in 2013, Samahain Festival moves to Loughcrew Gardens, Co Meath, with a doozy of a lineup, which is to be expected when the promoters are Archetype, Hidden Agenda, Bodytonic and Bedlam. The big names so far are Jon Hopkins (his final Irish show promoting his album Immunity), John Talabot (warning: most likely a DJ set), Maya Jane Coles and Booka Shade. They’re joined by Jimmy Edgar, Rodhad, Leon Vynehall and Scntst, with more to be announced. Early bird tickets are just €35 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased here. A note for anybody who was there last year: The new venue for Samhain Festival is fully licensed so this year’s festival will not be a BYO event. More about Samhain Festival 2014 after the jump.

From the press release:
Spread across three stages and a plethora of theatrical nooks & crannies will be a host of international electronic acts, a cosmic selection of craft beers, cocktails and a feast of gourmet food! Embrace an alter ego for the night with your best fancy dress and celebrate the ancient Celtic tradition of the “Festival of the Dead’ at Samhain Festival 2014!!

As the sun rises over Sliabh Rua, the Red Mountain, light climbs into the 5000 year old Cairn, illuminating the entire tomb and its three chambers before focusing on the Whispering Stone, an ancient white monolith, an omen of what’s to come at the spiritual home of Samhain.

Shadowed by Sliabh na Caillíagh, the “Witch’s Mountain”, bordered by 300 year old Yew trees, grown to ward off evil spirits and centered around the ruined church of Saint Oliver Plunkett; lies our playground for the night, Loughcrew Gardens.