Sunday, 4 July 2010

Festival Schedule 2010

Summer for the cool kids is epitomised by attending the most obscure festivals in Norn Iron and scoffing at the newbies who think they're oh so cool wearing flowery wellies even if the festival is taking place on dry tarmac. Then again, at 22 I think I'm just getting old and bitter at the influx of teenagers who long took over my queenster crown!

This year the festival scene is getting bigger and better than ever, but with even Forfey boasting Iain Archer this year (yeah bleeding Iain Archer like) I'd love a new grassroots tiny festival to take the reigns.

Unfortunately (well actually exceptionally fortunate for my finances) I am starting a new job this week, so my attendance at any of these festivals is up in the air until I manage to wangle a few days off.

And so without further ado, I present to you, the highlights of ...

Emma's summer festival 2010!


When: 3rd July (yes, yesterday)
Where: Delamont, Killyleagh
Cost: £32
Highlights: Spaniels Heart Club, Ponydance and the now legendary Scary-go-round. Music delights from The Answer, JSC, Bocs Social and Ruby Colly amongst many others. The music only takes place during one day although you are welcome to camp and there will be other entertainment from the day before.


When: 24th July
Where: Eagle's Rock, Draperstown
Cost: £40
Highlights: A musical myriad including Fighting With Wire, Duke Special, More Than Conquerors, Stand Up Guy and the lovely Pocket Billiards.

Rathlin Jigs & Rigs
When: 30th July-1st August
Where: Rathlin Island
Cost: Donation
Highlights: Notoriously secretive until dangerously close to the time the festival fundraisers have started already. Undoubtable bands will include The Jahm Band and Team Fresh. Last year saw fire dancers but it's considerably less art focused than the other festivals. After bands finish the dj's play through the night in a few of the venues allowing for an eclectic mix to suit any taste. And yes this "logo" photo is just in fact a snap of us in front of the stage last year.

When: 6th-8th August
Where: Forfey Farm, Fermanagh
Cost: £35
Highlights: Windsor Film Club along with a few similar gems from last year like Yoga and Tea and Politics. Art from Colette McHugh and Trisha McNally and of course Crooksy's Guilty Pleasures Disco - my personal highlight of last summer. Bands include Adebesi Shank, The Cast of Cheers, La Faro and Napoleon.