Several Irish acts who were due to play at the cancelled Killarney Festival of Music & Food will now play a charity gig in the town instead.
The festival, which was due to take place this weekend was cancelled on Wednesday having been downsized from Killarney House Demense to the smaller venue of Killarney Racecourse.
Despite a stellar line-up including Duran Duran, Texas, and The Stunning the festival failed to pull the punters and was cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances".
However, disappointed fans still have a chance to see at least some of the acts who were lined up for the festival.
Walking on Cars, Little Hours, and Mick Flannery will now perform at a special charity gig at INEC Killarney on Saturday night as well as Liz Seaver and Booka Brass Band. On the comedy side Aprés Match will be joined by Colm O’ Regan.
The Sunday night pop up concert will see traditional fusion band Moxie join the bill along with Damien Dempsey and Mundy.
Pop up comedy on Sunday will feature MC Barry Murphy, along with Jason Byrne and Karl Spain.
“We have been contacted directly by a number of our regular artists who still wish to perform in Killarney this weekend” says Patrick O’Donoghue, Managing Director of The Gleneagle Hotel and INEC.
“They are determined not to disappoint their loyal fans and, as our venues have no acts scheduled for this weekend, we are able to oblige.”
Tickets cost €20 with proceeds going to the Oncology Unit at Tralee General Hospital.
“The artists we have spoken to want to play Killarney and they are happy to donate the proceeds to charity, we feel that it is in the best interest of everyone to help make this happen,” said Patrick O’Donoghue.
The INEC Acoustic Club will host Aprés Match, Colm O’Regan and guests on Saturday night and Jason Byrne and Guests on Sunday night (tickets €15 per night, also for the oncology unit). INEC Facebook will have more announcements.
Walking on Cars have issued a statement saying “We're very disappointed to hear that Killarney Festival isn't going ahead. We've never cancelled a show before and we don't intend on starting now. We're putting on a show in the INEC on Saturday night. All of the proceeds will go to Cuan Counselling and the Tralee Oncology unit.”
Tickets for all acts will be on sale through ticketmaster.ie and outlets nationwide shortly. Alternatively you can call the INEC Box Office on 064 6671555.