Overlooked by the Galtee Mountains in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Indiependence is one of the more picturesque festivals in Ireland. The music and arts festival situated just 15 minutes walk from the town, with many activities and acts to tempt you down to Cork for the weekend.
Spread out across three days, the festival is reasonable priced, as 3 day camping tickets cost €99, a 3 day ticket without camping is €79 and day tickets will cost you €45. There are a few Hotels and B&B’s near by in the town, while camping consisted of general and family campsites. Camper van tickets were priced at €60, but have since sold out.
Getting to Mitchelstown can be done by car or bus, with Bus Eireann operating a number of routes that stop in the town. There are 3 car parks available beside and within close proximity of the site.
This year there is more choice than ever before for those who fancy trying something different. Workshops for various dance types like burlesque will take place in the Darkness Arena, while Hotpress chat to some of the acts featuring at the festival in the Hotpress Hotspot. There is also a Spoken Word and Comedy tent on site, with a Records Fair and much more happening over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Acts to see:
Dublin based rockers Tarantella Fall recently released their single Home, which entered the top 100 of the Irish charts in it’s first week. The band also have a themed album titled Abandoned Road, which is something you would expect to hear in a Coen Brothers movie. A very good live band worth catching when they open the Canadian Molsen Main Stage on Friday.
Bell X1 close the Canadian Molsen Main Stage on Saturday. Their latest release Chop Chop was topping the Irish Charts when it came out. Expects fan favourites Rocky Took A Lover and Velcro to be high on the list of many fans dream setlist on Saturday.
Kodaline are very much the band in form right now. Having spent some time away in recent months touring and promoting their debut album In A Perfect World, the Swords four piece are sure to be full of energy when they return to a full stage setup for their second Irish Festival appearance this summer.
The Dead Heavys are a Waterford five piece who play some catchy psychedelic guitar-pop. The band have been growing a steady fanbase with a successful run of gigs lately. Their single Everybody In the NIte is a fine example of the band’s groove rock sound. Catch them on the Candaian Molsen Main Stage on Sunday.
This Town Needs Guns (TTNG) are a math rock outfit from the UK. Their sound is mainly complex drums fused with melodic guitar arrangements. The band also released their album 126.96.36.199.0 in January of this year on the Sargent House label, which is host to a number of other acts playing Indiependence this weekend such as Bosnian Rainbows and ASIWYFA.
Other acts to check out include The Fratellis, We Are Scientists, Funeral For A Friend, Utah Saints, The Hot Sprockets, Walking On Cars, The Dead Prezidents, Foy Vance, MMOTHS, Dogs, Bastille, Silhouette, Windings, The Chapters, Swords and Orla Gartland,