Friday 23 March 2018

Where to go: Festivals and family-friendly events

Niall Byrne rounds up the best events the whole family can enjoy.

The Castlepalooza Festival, which takes place in August, is inviting people to dress up as kings and queens
The Castlepalooza Festival, which takes place in August, is inviting people to dress up as kings and queens

Life Festival @ Belvedere House, Co Meath (Sunday day ticket – €70)

Sunday May 25

Where once stood a psy-trance monotone-heavy weekend, there now stands a respectful and varied dance and electronic festival, which draws high-calibre acts like Four Tet, Jamie xx, Maya Jane Coles, LFO and Ben Klock to its stages. There's not a whole lot else happening in clubland this weekend, as most of it is right here.


Feilé Na Tuaithe 2014: Free Family Festival @Turlough Park, Co Mayo (Noon – 5pm, Free)

Saturday May 24 – Sunday May 25

After a three-year hiatus, the festival, which celebrates country life will feature kids' activities, working dogs, beekeeping, a horticultural area, craft workshops, a historic dress competition, entertainment and a food tent. Twenty thousand people, young and old are expected to visit over the two days.

Africa Day @ Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway & Waterford (Free)

Sunday May 25

The flagship event in Farmleigh House in Dublin features live music from Irish/Nigerian band Tig Linn, Colours Afrobeat Foundation and Kíla alongside African stalls, drumming, dance, face-painting and storytelling. Elsewhere, Cork is holding a parade and an outdoor event in Bishop Lucey Park, Galway hosts an African Film Festival, Limerick hosts African-themed concerts and drumming workshops while Waterford has African Dancers and an African Gospel Choir amongst other events on the schedule.

Jinx Lennon, Fia Rua @ Roisin Dubh, Galway (€10)

Friday May 23

There aren't enough songwriters in Ireland who reflect the true, often harsh reality of life in a post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. Dundalk punk poet and musician Jinx Lennon more than makes up for it. He was one of the few artists who questioned the mirage of the boom while it was happening through his songs and to tell it like it is. As a result, he's always been an outsider but he's a true reflector of our times. An under-appreciated voice, not to be missed.

InisBofin Walking Festival @ InisBofin, Co. Galway (€40 per day / €75 weekend)

Friday May 23 – Sunday May 25

Fancy something with a bit more fresh air than your usual weekend? Hit Inisbofin off the West Coast for a weekend of walks, lead by professional and local guides divulging tales of folklore, history and local ecology. Maybe see some whales and dolphins as you walk along the coast and cliffs. Examine the Iron and Bronze Age remnants. You know what? That sounds nice. I'm getting me coat.

Jordan Belfort @ RDS, Dublin (€80.50, 6pm)

Tuesday May 27

How you react to the real Wolf Of Wall Street coming to town really does say much about your own character. Maybe, you're so enthusiastic that you've got your early bird tickets and are ready to bow down in front of your demi-god eager to lap up his motivational words of corporate success (a small minority). Maybe, you're intrigued by the hedonistic and ugly lifestyle Belfort lived through as depicted by DiCaprio in Scorsese's movie last year (most of us). Or maybe you've no interest in coughing up the guts of a hundred quid you unambitious chump you! Either way, no f*cks will be given but many will be said.

Glasser @ Button Factory, Dublin (€15)

Tuesday May 27

Avant-garde electronic pop is the shorthand for the work of Cameron Mesirow. Her music is friendly in its relative thematic inaccessibility; drawn with pop melodies and an influence far beyond most "we just make music for ourselves, if anyone else likes it, it's a bonus" platitudes. Mesirow's latest album Interiors, she says, is driven by "architecture, a physical imposition in my life, and the fluid emotional boundaries of relationships."

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First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent

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