Wednesday 24 January 2018

Eamon Sweeney's festival faceoff

Eamon Sweeney weighs up Oxegen, Castlepalooza and Indiependence

Sinead Cooney, Riannagh Morris and Aine Quirke from kildare enjoying the Electric Picnic last year
Sinead Cooney, Riannagh Morris and Aine Quirke from kildare enjoying the Electric Picnic last year
Enjoying Electric Picnic 2012 were from left front row, Kerrie Harmon, Dublin, Yvonne Honan, Clare, Caroline Williams, Claire and Fiona Cushley from Clare, (back row l-r), Brian Cushley, Clare, Niall Colfer, Cork, Jack Whittam, Bermingham, Paudraig Danhor, Clare and Wayne Stewart from Clare
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Festival fans have been truly spoiled for choice this summer, but it's not over yet. Not by a long shot. We're about halfway through a jam-packed season book-ended by Forbidden Fruit and Electric Picnic. Now, the August Bank holiday looms. A weekend when the whole country traditionally comes out to play.

For music lovers, there are three big music festivals vying for your attention. It is heartening to observe that, in contrast to the days when this country had a lot more money than it had sense, the overall price of tickets is at a much more competitive level.

Back then, the average weekend ticket used to cost up to €250, an absolutely staggering amount when you consider that you still had to fork out for transport, food and drink.

When you combine this sort of extortion with the usually appalling weather, it's little wonder that punters started hitting sunnier and cheaper climes in Europe and beyond.

However, we dare to dream that in 2013 we can have our festival cake and eat it. Let's pray to the weather gods that the glorious heatwave will bathe our own little festival republic with more sunshine.

If you don't fancy the camping lark, or simply can't afford your fix of festival decadence, there's another three events selected below that aren't charging a cent. Stay safe, but do make sure to have plenty of fun.

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