Tuesday 17 October 2017

Castlepalooza 2015: A boutique festival for those who want to escape their busy lives

Marie Coughlan Malahide and Aoife Mullaney Portmarnock at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Marie Coughlan Malahide and Aoife Mullaney Portmarnock at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Bairbre Anne Munnis Dundrum at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Sarah Mc Caffrey and Niamh Collins at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Nirvana Tandon Nepal at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Erica Cody Dublin at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Helen Moloney and Marie Neville Tullamore pictured at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Juliet Tracy pictured at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Castlepalooza 2015 stage times
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Nestled miles away from the nearest town, Castlepalooza gives city slickers the chance to switch off from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life.

The festival, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is hosted in the grounds of the medieval Charleville Castle in Tullamore,  Co Offaly.

Those who opt to camp for the weekend can pitch their tents amongst the oak trees, which are just meters away from the main stage, dance tents and numerous food and drink vendors.

This means that the relatively small event of approximately 5,000 revellers (Castlepalooza actually began as a 30th birthday party!) becomes almost like a community over the three days, as punters become increasingly familiar with those they are sharing this small space with.

Corinne Allen Bray and Niamh Melia Castleknock at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Corinne Allen Bray and Niamh Melia Castleknock at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes

Once you arrive at the site, there is a mile walk sheltered by some of the oldest trees in Ireland, with chirpy signs reminding you what awaits up ahead.

Everything is based around the 17th century castle, with a lot of the action taking place in the secluded 'Courtyard' where DJs play from midday to 3am.

There's lots of activities going on throughout the day, from 'Yogart', dance workshops and art film exhibitions to pampering in the Day Spa. Not to mention the expansive lineup of underground acts, fledgling DJs and emerging performers.

One thing is apparent at the festival, people are here to relax, chill out and take a breather from modern life. The pace is slow and the vibe is chilled, and if you're hoping to update your Instagram and Twitter feed, don't bother, as you won't get any Internet connection for miles around.

Bairbre Anne Munnis Dundrum at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes
Bairbre Anne Munnis Dundrum at the Castlepalooza Vodafone Centre Stage recharge the 90’s dress up day were. Photo by Richie Stokes

Instead, everyone seemed immersed in the now and happy to enjoy the chance to truly switch off while enjoying that inimitable Irish festival banter.

To check out the best of festival fashion at Castlepalooza, check out @IndependentStyle on Instagram.

Carla McMahon and Laura O’Curry at the Castlepalooza music festival being held this weekend in Tullamore, Co Offaly
Carla McMahon and Laura O’Curry at the Castlepalooza music festival being held this weekend in Tullamore, Co Offaly

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