Newcastle West's WestFest moves to bigger location with acts including UB40 and Walking on Cars
The town of Newcastle West in Limerick will once again play host to WestFest in September, although the event will move to Castle Demense to accommodate a bigger capacity.
Organisers are expecting up to 10,000 revellers per day over the four day festival which runs from Thursday September 10 to Sunday 13.
Last year there were four acts on the bill and this year the line-up has increased to 12, with acts including UB40, Example, The Stunning, Hudson Taylor, The Riptide Movement and Derek Ryan.
The festival takes place just two weeks after the Rose of Tralee and one week after Electic Picnic, but promoter Siobhan Kelly isn't fazed by competition from bigger events or by the fact that the Killarney Festival of Music and Food had to cancel last minute last month, disappointing thousands.
"It started off as a local festival and has built up each year," she says, "Last year we had The Coronas and we sold tickets to people from all over Ireland and I suppose word has kind of got out there now.
"We have 12 acts this year including UB40 so it's accommodating a much wider audience. Early bird tickets are on sale now for €39 and they're already moving, with people buying from all over the country again.
"It's great value. It's €39 for four days whereas Indiependence and Electric Picnic are up in the hundreds."
From www.westfest.ie - Individual day tickets priced from €15. Weekend early bird tickets (4 Days) €39 available until 8th August 2015. Thereafter weekend ticket €49. Booking fee applies. Children’s tickets, 3 – 12 years old: €5 Weekend Ticket
Covers all events from Thursday to Sunday. Children’s tickets cannot be purchased in advance and must be paid for at the box office on the night by a Parent or Guardian holding a ticket.
Minor tickets, 13 – 17 years old: €10 per night
All minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian holding an adult ticket. Minor tickets cannot be purchased in advance and must be paid for at the box office on the day by a Parent or Guardian. Sign in system will be in operation and ID will be required.