THEY came, the saw, they rocked. Summer 2012 saw Mitchelstown host its biggest Indiependence Music and Arts Festival yet, and thousands of revellers made their annual rock n'roll pilgrimage to the north Cork music Mecca.
Despite the organisers' best efforts, conditions underfoot were less than ideal due to one of the worst summers on record. The weather failed to dampen spirits, however as festival goers took in three days of the best of live Irish music.
The Main Stage showcased major draws such as The Coronas, Maverick Sabre and 2manydjs, while Indiependence also hosted the best in established and emerging independent Irish talent. Jape, Le Galaxie, Ham Sandwich and Delorentos all packed the Big Top, while newer acts like Spies impressed on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage.
The Silent Stage provided comedy and events for kids during the day, while by night queues of fans looked to shake their wellies at the famous Silent Disco.
An eclectic array of food stalls and a dedicated Bacardi dance arena made sure campers of all tastes were catered for.
Organisers were thrilled with the feedback they received.
"The event went off really well with very little incident, just music fans really enjoying themselves despite the weather. The feedback from people who were at Indie has been great so we're delighted overall. There's a huge amount of people that need to be thanked for making the festival happen especially keeping in mind how tough the build was with the weather," Shane Dunne told The Corkman at the time.