With festival season now in full flow, the surfboards, skateboads and tents are given the once over for the trip to one of Europe’s most unique festivals Sea Sessions. Situated in the beautiful Donegal coastal town Bundoran, Sea Sessions is one of those festivals that is one of kind compared to others you might find.
The festival isn’t all about music, but more about expressing yourself by means of adventure based activities. Whether it’s surfing, skating, beach soccer, volleyball, tag rugby or just having a cool drink while watching numerous acts grace the stages, you can be sure that the weekend will be action packed.
The event is very reasonably priced too. For €99 you can enjoy all 3 days of Sea Sessions without camping, or €109 with camping. If you were lucky enough to secure an early-bird camping ticket before they sold out, then you’ll be enjoy the festival with camping for a mere €89.
Although most of the event is open air, you’ll find the music stages like the Vodafone Tent sheltering you from any pesky showers that may occur over the weekend. However, this mightn’t bother you if you plan on getting wet anyway!
Getting to the festival can be done so by both car and bus. Bus Eireann operate a number of services from which you can get a connecting one to the festival. For Bus Eireann Passengers traveling on the Route 30 Dublin Bus, check out the free Bus Eireann / Sea Sessions Shuttle timetable by clicking here.
So who do you go to see this weekend? Well here is the top five acts that I recommend you should check out this weekend.
It’s been a great year for alt rockers Bastille, the group name given to Singer Dan Smith’s solo project. Following the chart success of radio favourite ‘Pompeii’, the ‘Flaws’ singer has enjoyed rave reviews about debut album ‘Bad Blood’ too. Dan Smith and Co. also sold out a date in The Academy back in April, shortly after their packed set at this years Trinity Ball. Back for what is one of only two live dates in Ireland this summer, you would be mad to miss Bastille at the Main Stage on Friday night.
One of Ireland’s best Dance acts at the moment, Le Galaxie are popping up all over the place at the moment. An energetic live set and synth driven tunes are a great remedy to rid any sand from your shoes after a fun filled day on the strand. If their set at this years Forbidden Fruit is anything to go by, it’s sure to be one heck of a show.
Galway based electronica musician Daithi uses loopstations, kaoss pads, synthesizers and drum machines to create unique songs focused around the Fiddle. Call it post trad or electro trad, Daithi has a live set that is both loud and entertaining. If it’s something different from the norm that you want, then Daithi is the act you should go see this weekend.
Bridie Monds-Watson a.k.a SOAK is tipped as a must see at most festivals this summer. Famous for the song Sea Creatures from her debut EP, SOAK has gathered a lot of fans in recent months, most notably Gary Lightbody, Ed Sheeran and Empire Of The Sun. All this and an appearance on RTE’s Other Voices must certainly be a sign that SOAK is tipped for big things in the future.
Dublin folk band Raglans are renowned for their energetic, crowd embracing live shows. They have gigged constantly during the last twelve months amassing a huge following around the country. This summer will see them performing at virtually every festival, fitting for a band that came together in a festival tent three years ago. The band stop off at Sea Sessions shortly before their debut album launch and UK tour.
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