Never mind the weather... festivals will turn up the heat
THE heatwave may be officially over but the summer festival season is still in full swing, with some of the biggest events of the summer still to take place.
Tickets are still available for most, proving that either the recession is still biting hard, or Ireland's outdoor music calendar is so saturated, gig-goers are spoiled for choice and spreading their spend.
There was already a clash of festivals this August Bank Holiday Weekend, with a returning Oxegen at Punchestown battling for bodies with Indiependence in Mitchelstown, Cork.
Meanwihile, Saturday, August 17, should see roughly 80,000 fans descend on Slane for a gig that should have happened eight years ago.
Eminem famously pulled out of a 2005 show at the spread of Lord Henry Mountcharles, citing 'exhaustion and other factors', and legal action followed.
But all would appear to have kissed an made up, and Eminem, Plan B and other guests should deliver the goods for the second Slane concert of the year. At the time of writing, tickets are still available at €79.50 plus booking fee.
Wrapping up a summer of festival magic is old reliable, The Electric Picnic, back for its tenth year at the Stradbally Estate in County Laois.
The Picnic is promoted as an all-rounder with acts you may not find elsewhere and this year's bill is as diverse as ever.
Fatboy Slim, Bjork and Arctic Monkeys headline, backed by a stellar line-up that includes Robert Plant, My Bloody Valentine, Two Door Cinema Club, Wu-Tang Club, Ellie Goulding, Eels, Little Green Cars, Billy Bragg and many more.
The festival runs from August 30 to September 1 and, now that the dealine for discounted deals has passed, tickets are €229.50 for three days with camping, or €85 for Sunday only.