Wednesday 23 October 2019

Flashback: This is what an Irish festival looked like in the 90s Newsdesk Newsdesk

As Coachella kicks off this weekend, we’re looking back at Ireland’s short lived but much loved Féile Festival, otherwise fondly known as ‘The Trip to Tipp’.

Held between 1990 and 1997, the festival was a follow on from Siamsa Cois Laoi festival that finished in 1987. An MCD event, Féile Festival was originally held in Thurles but moved to Cork and then Dublin in 1995 and 1996, before returning to Tipperary for its final year.

It boasted a pretty spectacular and varied line up over the years including Iggy Pop, Crowded House, Cypress Hill, Blur, Bjork, INXS, PJ Harvey, Meat Loaf, The Prodigy and Kylie Minogue who was accompanied by a nine-piece band.

From 1990-1994 Thurles was taken over by music lovers who set up camp in Semple Stadium. The 1993 event was marred by disorderly behaviour that resulted in 141 arrests. Due to objections from locals the 1994 festival was the final year that Semple Stadium was used as an on-ground camping site.

The following year the festival moved to Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. The Stone Roses played alongside Kylie Minogue and The Prodigy, while the festival itself drew controversy for the free condoms that were handed out.

In 1996 the festival moved to Dublin’s Point Depot, which was the first and only indoor venue for the festival. Spread over three days, Pulp headlined the Friday night show.

Increasingly unruly behaviour from attendees, and the tragic death of a young man at the 1995 festival, saw the final instalment of the event return to Thurles but for one day only. No alcohol was sold at the venue.

The Trip To Tipp filled the void left by Slane’s five-year hiatus. It drew an eclectic crowd for its mix of local bands and global stars which as, seen in these photos, was wholly embraced by music lovers of the nineties.

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