Friday 25 May 2018

Festivals: Indiependence

Bell X1
Bell X1
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney


Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Co Cork

THE DAMAGE: Three-day non camping, €79 three-day camping, €99


De La Soul, Bell X1 (pictured above) and Bastille headline the most diverse festival bill of the bank holiday. It's great to see local Corkonian luminaries like Young Wonder and Toby Kaar star alongside the heavy hitters.

Ireland's cheese capital has been making a festive name for itself since 2009, back when Indiependence moved to a new site and started charging in. This is probably their strongest line-up yet. The main reason for this has to be that the appalling pub rock band Ocean Colour Scene, who seem to be heavily reliant on Irish audiences to prop up their ailing career of late, are absolutely nowhere to be seen. Keep it that way.



Due to its rock formation, Deer Farm is probably the best place to run an outdoor festival in Ireland. No, wait, I'm being serious! The site is located on a limestone basin at the foot of the Galtee Mountains, so if the heavens burst and it rains, the ground drains incredibly easily.

There's also a plethora of other attractions and the Indiependence crew definitely win the award for attention to detail.

You get a record fair, comedy, spoken word, a silent disco, a film festival, a kids' area and a new Darkness zone that will feature burlesque dancers and all sorts of late-night shenanigans.



Indiependence falls somewhere between Oxegen and Castlepalooza in that it's not exactly dirt cheap, but three days camping with such an impressive bill for under €100 is still damn good.


TOTAL 23/30

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