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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Do you long to go to a music festival, but are afraid of taking the kids? This could be your answer

Groove Festival
Groove Festival

Evelyn Coughlan

Do you long to go to a summer festival, but are afraid of taking the kids? Then Groove festival in Wicklow might be the perfect one for you!

July 7 and 8, Groove festival will return to the picturesque grounds of Kilruddery House and Gardens in Bray for its sixth year.

There are plenty of festivals happening around the country during the summer but Groove really stands out as one for all the family for its great atmosphere and organisation.

Groove is directed especially for families with young children. And it’s a brilliant opportunity for young people to experience their first music festival.

An spokesperson for the festival tells Independent.ie that it’s perfect for families mainly because “it’s small, handy and easy to access” and “there’s loads to keep the kids busy”.

It’s also ideal for first-time parents so they can “test the water” with kids to see how they like the festival environment.

This year's music line-up includes the Fun Lovin' Criminals, Heather Small, Kila, the Riptide Movement, Hamsandwich, Something Happens, the Stunning and Mac Fleetwood. The Sony Xperia stage line-up is also very impressive with many talents such as the Eskies and the Rews.

There will be a culture event in the Live Lounge where the Culture Vultures will put on a themed pop culture event of music and words.

If the children aren’t interested in the music they can explore the Groove World of Magical Mystery in the Kilruddery Gardens where they will discover mazes, fairies, acrobats, pirates and other surprises.

For the more adventurous, Hell and Back will be at Groove for the first time with a range of daring activities for kids young and old. Perfect for keeping the little ones occupied.

There will be an array of delicious food options for when everyone gets peckish. The selection ranges from burgers and barbeques to vegan options for lunch and dinner. There will be plenty of options for the kids as well with Teddy’s Ice Cream and the Crepe Box making appearances.

Organisers are suggesting to parents that “you can take the kids home to granny while you stay back yourself to enjoy”, with the unique come and go entry system.

This gives families the option to come early with the kids and drop them home when they’re tired before returning later in the evening to enjoy all the festivals entertainment without having to worry about the kids.

This would be the perfect time to go to the Comedy Club at the Live Lounge which is making its debut at the festival this Summer. The Hardy Har Comedy Club will have a range of performances from some of the countries leading comedians.

The festival will begin at 12.30p.m and the gates will close at around 10.30p.m on both days.

Unlike most festivals people of all ages can attend, those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and infants less than 1 are allowed in free of charge. Tickets can be bought individually for either day or you can get a weekend pass. Prices are very reasonable and vary for adults (€65.50), teenagers (€27.50) and children under 16 (€11). There is also a handy option of buying a family ticket which is big saving (€135.50). More details can be found on groovefestival.ie.

Groove will no doubt be an exciting weekend of music and activities for adults and children alike. It has been a major success ever since it began and this year is sure to be no different. Be sure to get your tickets early!

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