Monday 23 October 2017

Killarney Festival of Music and Food downsizes due to poor ticket sales

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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Killarney Festival of Music and Food, which had been scheduled to take place at Killarney House Demense where a crowd of up to 36,000 had been expected, has been downsized.

Poor ticket sales have seen the event, featuring more than 70 acts including Duran Duran, The Stunning, Texas and Jools Holland perform over two nights, moved to Killarney Racecourse.

The racecourse's maximum capacity is 6,000 so, at best, the festival will attract a third of the visitors which would have been expected at Killarney House Demense.

Last year 15,000 revellers attended the event which took place in Westport and was headlined by Sophie Ellis Bextor.  However, this year's headliners Duran Duran and Texas were expected to pull even bigger numbers.

The news of the venue change came on Tuesday, just four days before the festival kicks off on Saturday June 27 for two days.

However, the line-up remains unchanged with punters treated to an eclectic mix which, as well as the aforementioned headlines, includes ABC, Something Happens, The Undertones and Father John Misty.

There are also chefs tents, a comedy tent with Oliver Callan, Jason Byrne and Apres Match, and kids' workshops and events.

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