THE PROMOTER of Mitchelstown's Indiependence Festival says he is not worried about the return of the Oxegen Music Festival - despite the fact that the relaunched event is scheduled to take place over the same weekend.
Concert promoters MCD last week announced that they plan to bring the festival, which took a hiatus last year, back this summer as a two-day event. MCD chief Denis Desmond also revealed, however, that the festival is to be pushed back from its usual mid-July slot to the August Bank Holiday weekend - the same weekend as Mitchelstown's Indiependence.
Shane Dunne, Indiependence's promoter, this week told The Corkman that he is not overly concerned about the new competition.
"Obviously I can't comment on a festival someone else is running, but what I am hearing on the grapevine is that Oxegen will be a more electronic, dance-orientated festival this year. Obviously that's a very different demographic to what Indiependence offers. In one sense we can set ourselves up as an alternative to Oxegen, with a different kind of line up," Shane said.
Shane added that Indiependence has developed a loyal following over the years.
"We have a very strong fanbase. Even when last year was bad weather wise we had some hugely positive feedback. We had even more in the last week on our social media when the Oxegen news broke we had people on Facebook and Twitter saying "Who cares, it's Indiependence for us."
"We are in a strong position. We are a long way into booking our line up, and it will be a strong indie lineup. It will be strong enough to sell 5,000 tickets and that's what we aim to do," he said.