Sunday 24 September 2017

Festival: Castlepalooza

Le Galaxie play Castlepalooza in Tullamore
Le Galaxie play Castlepalooza in Tullamore
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

CASTLEPALOOZA

Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly

THE DAMAGE: Sunday ticket €35, three-day camping from €50

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Castlepalooza might be the smaller of next weekend's festivals, but by our reckoning, it shades it as the best. Ghostpoet is on a roll with the release of his fine second album, CSS are one of the best festival acts in the business and Belfast's Girls Names and ASIWYFA are two of the finest bands in the country. It's a smaller line up than the others, but perfectly formed.

RATING 8/10

UNIQUE SELLING POINT

A haunted Gothic castle that is widely regarded as the finest in the country, an oak wood, a great range of camping options with affordable boutique frills to cater for all budgets – there's an awful lot to like about Castlepalooza.

Its proximity to Tullamore station makes it a winner to get to, with regular trains departing from Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick. It's also just off the M6. The town has a good range of hotels and B&Bs. The hedonistic king of letters and Don Juan author Lord Byron used to visit Charleville Castle and throw a lavish party every time he visited Ireland, so goodness knows what kind of debauchery its walls have witnessed.

RATING 8/10

VALUE FOR MONEY

It's €65 for three days non-camping and a Sunday ticket is only €35, which is far cheaper than your average international act playing for about an hour and a half on their own. Again, Castlepalooza comes out trumps.

RATING 9/10

TOTAL 25/30

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