Boutique music and arts festival Castlepalooza takes place in the quant surroundings of Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Co. Offaly this weekend. The unique festival allows festival-goers to wander around the castle and its gardens, taking in all the music, art and film exhibitions the festival has to offer.
There are two camping options available at the festival, there is the old school style of bringing your own and pitching in any of the camping areas or if you fancy camping in style, you can rent a pre-pitched carpeted bell tent. If camping isn’t your thing, well there is a number of hotels and B&B’s located near the castle. Campervan tickets are available and are priced at €10.
Facilities at Castlepalooza are quite different from the normal one’s you might expect at a regular festival. The usual showers, toilets and ATM’s are on site, but there is also a day spa to avail of. Although your not allowed bring your own drink into the festival, there is an onsite off licence offering standard priced drink over the weekend. Free broadband is also provided at the festival.
Other activities at the festival include the Eat My Shorts film showcase, Musical Bingo, Dance and Drumming workshops, a music animation workshop and Homebeat.
Tickets for Castlepalooza are dead cheap, no seriously, they are. 3 day camping starts at €50, while the sold out castle camping was €79. 3 day tickets without camping will cost you €69 with a one day ticket priced at €35.
Vodafone Centre Stage will also be at the festival, offering free recharging, face painting, massages and even a chance to change your career.
Getting to Charleville Castle can be done by car, bus and train. Directions will be signposted around Tullamore, with the train station being a ten minute walk also. Check AA Roadwatch to plan an easy route to the festival.
Acts to see:
There is a large amount of great homegrown talent at Castlepalooza this year, so it would be fitting for me to recommend Dublin electro outfit VANN Music as the first act to check out this weekend. Following a well received set at Longitude a few weeks back, these guys are gathering momentum ever since the release of their debut EP Electro Shock Dreams.
And So I Watch You From A Far (ASIWYFA) played two Whelans shows back in May of this year to great praise. Latest album All Hail Bright Futures is a lovely mix of harmonies by the Northern Irish four piece. You can catch them at Vodafone Main Stage on Sunday night just before headliners Le Galaxie.
CSS are a four piece hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The name CSS is short for “cansei de ser sexy” which is Portuguese for “tired of being sexy”. The dance-rock outfit are certainly an act to get you moving when they close the Vodafone Main Stage on Saturday.
Fight Like Apes reached their album fundraising target a few months back. So their set this weekend should be filled with some surprises and a few new tracks might get a sneaky play.
Kid Karate’s latest EP Lights Out has received positive critical acclaim for tracks such as Two Times, Heart and This City. A highly energetic duo who are sure to rock the castle on Sunday night.
Other acts to check out this weekend include Girls Names, Le Galaxie, Overhead, the Albatross, Croupier, Miracle Bell, Myles Manley, and Monto.