Thursday 14 December 2017

Sophie's taking a trip down memory lane headlining festival in the West

Sophie Ellis Bextor will be performing at the Westport Festival of Music and Food.
Sophie Ellis Bextor will be performing at the Westport Festival of Music and Food.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor has admitted she is facing a "mental" time as she hits the festival circuit hard this summer.

The mother of three and daughter of former 'Blue Peter' presenter Janet Ellis touched down in Dublin yesterday ahead of her performance at this year's Westport Festival of Music and Food.

The family friendly festival will take place on June 28 and 29 in the town and Ellis-Bextor is looking forward to hitting the festival circuit.

"It's going to be a bit mental," Ellis-Bextor said.

"I will be flying straight from Glastonbury so it'll be a busy few days with lots of mud and hanging about in fields.

"But I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to see Kool & The Gang – it'll be worth it for that."


Now in its third year, the boutique festival takes place on the 400-acre Westport House estate in Co Mayo.

The Divine Comedy, Sinead O'Connor and The Hot Sprockets will all perform over the course of the two days.

Comedians Rich Hall, Ardal O'Hanlon, Terry Alderton, David McSavage and 'Republic of Telly' star Kevin McGahern will take to the stage in the comedy tent.

And some of Ireland's biggest chefs will be on standby to rustle up tasty treats and hold cooking demonstrations for festival goers in-between music sets.

'Young Blood' singer Ellis-Bextor said she was looking forward to wandering around the tents and stalls once she has performed.

"I've been to that part of the world before. I remember going on holiday to the West of Ireland as a child so going back will be lovely," she said.

"And the food tents sound amazing – much better then your typical burger vans."

Ellis-Bextor's latest album 'Wanderlust' sees her turn to different musical directions.

"I had done a lot of disco, and thought it was time to push myself and try out something new and different," she said.

Irish Independent

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