SEPTEMBER has come to mean only one thing in Skerries and that is the arrival of another Soundwaves Festival which will dominate the town's social calendar later in the month as it takes over every available venue in the town from September 21 to September 30.
Before the festival kicks off there are a few fundraisers and pre-festival events to whet the appetite of locals who are looking forward to the return of the popular festival. Saturday, September 1 brings the first of those events with a karoke night at Joe May's to raise funds for the staging of the festival later in the month. Two of the most popular events in the festival each year have to get out of the traps a little early so the annual Battle of the Bands competition starts on Friday, September 14 at the LittleTheatre and on Thursday, September 20, hopeful acts will gather at the same venue from 5 to 9 p.m. for the audition phase of Skerries Got Talent.
The festival proper kicks off on Culture Night, Friday, September 21, with a launch party and the opening of the ' From Sketch to Screen – the Creation of Animation' exhibition at Skerries Mills. Also on launch night, traditional mummers can be seen in pubs all over the town for free. The Soundwaves Fun Cycle gets pedalling at noon on Saturday, September 22, and there is a magic show that afternoon at the Little Theatre. The director of Rug Rats, Norton Virgien is also in town on Saturday with a talk called 'Doodles' at Skerries Mills.
There will be an equinox celebration at the Martello Tower from 8pm on Saturday and over at Skerries Mills on the same night, there will be a production of the famed musical, Les Miserables in the courtyard from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you are still in the mood for music after all that then Risk Business perform on Saturday night at Blue. Sunday starts early at 10 a.m. with Lego workshops at the Little Theatre and the Lego fun continues in the afternoon in the form of an exhibition at the community centre. Filmmakers will be awarded prizes in the Minecraft Skerries competition at the community centre at 5pm while later, The Camino is presented by David Murtagh at Seasons in another free festival event.
Comedy comes to the Little Theatre on the same day with Chris Kelly and on Friday, September 28, Holmpatrick Church is the venue for Celtic airs and graces with Karin Leitner, Cormac de Barra and the Austrian Irish Society. The finale of Skerries Got Talent is pencilled in for Friday, September 28 at the Little Theatre and on the same night, you can see Dem Fools and a host of other local bands at the courtyard in Skerries Mills. Saturday, September 29, is arguably the centrepiece of the festival and takes the form of a giant street party in the afternoon with a huge gig at Skerries Mills that evening, headlined by Delerorentos. On Sunday, September 30, the 10-day festival draws to a close but goes out with a bang with a celí at St Patrick's Church, a puppet show at the Little Theatre and a parade. It all ends with a spectacular fireworks display at Skerries Harbour, marking the end of the festival and the beginning of organising another one for 2013 for the hard-working festival committee.
You can find out more about the festival and how to book tickets by visiting the Skerries Soundwaves Festival Facebook page.