Tuesday 23 January 2018

Old-school festival crowd going back in time

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

AN IRISH city will take a trip back in time thanks to the success of an exciting new music festival.

Cork city is staging its second annual Decades Music Festival this weekend -- with partygoers encouraged to dress up in costumes from the eight different musical eras featured, from the roaring '20s right up to the grunge-pop of the '90s.

The Decades Festival, which is taking place in 60 pubs this weekend, is an attempt by publicans to draw punters back and reverse the dramatic spending decline sparked by the recession. Festivalgoers are being asked to wear fancy dress in the decade of their choice be it the 'swinging '60s' or the 'punk '70s'.

Pubs involved in the initiative will be decorated in the style of their chosen decade. Music and entertainment from the various decades will also be provided.

Organiser Con Dennehy said he hoped the festival would one day be as successful as the Guinness Jazz Festival.


"The jazz festival started in one room in the Metropole Hotel and it has put Cork completely on the map," said Mr Dennehy.

"We have drawn a lot of ideas from the jazz festival and we are having a decades trail similar to the jazz trail.

"More than 60 pubs in the city will all be doing different decades from the '20s through to the '40s and going on to the '80s and '90s," he added.

"We are asking publicans to dress their staff in the style of the decade and to play the music of the decade. It is completely free and we are calling on people to come in and enjoy themselves."

The publicans who are organising the event have expanded it out to Cork city suburbs and they are also looking at the feasibility in future years of having a big name band from the '70s or '80s play in a venue such as Pairc Ui Chaoimh or Musgrave Park.

Mr Dennehy said it was about time that the city got another major new festival.

"We saw the need for something in the city. Galway has the races and so on.

"We want to get people used to going back in to Cork city. People have to get re-acquainted with the city as so many people are staying local," he added.

A trail map will be available around the city, which will be a guide to the venues and their decades.

The '80s and '90s are proving to be the most popular theme decades.

Event co-ordinator Adrienne Hickey said the Decades Festival had been boosted this year by the decision of 20 new venues to join the programme.

More information can be found on decadesfestivalcork.ie

Irish Independent

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