ORGANISERS of this year's Mitchelstown Indiependence Music and Arts Festival are promising revellers its most exciting site layout yet, as locals came out in force to launch the event.
The live venue, upstairs at Walsh's Bar, Mitchelstown was packed to capacity as locals came to celebrate the evolution of the festival, from a free event in the town's square to a fully fledged international draw.
Promoter Shane Dunne said the local launch, which followed a simultaneous line-up announcement in Cork and Dublin last week, was a way of thanking Mitchelstown for its support.
"We couldn't launch Indiependence without having something for those who have made it happen every year," he told The Corkman.
Meanwhile, early details of the festivals site suggests an all-new venue within the familiar Deer Park venue.
This year sees three brand new indoor areas at the festival. The Bier Halle will feature a full craft bar, a games area and an intimate indoor stage. Indiependence also introduces the polar opposite Darkness and Light arenas. While Darkness promises "a venue resembling the beginning of the apocalypse where only new bands remain and the darker side of burlesque comes out at night," Light is "where the shinier, happier people reside containing the new Hot Press Hot Spot, spoken word, the silent disco, family activities and the live broadcast centre for Indiependence Festival favourites, Today FM."
Indiependence Music & Arts Festival 2013 tickets are on sale now priced at €79 for three days non-camping and €99 for three days with camping. Tickets are available from www.tickets.ie and usual outlets.