Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sounds of the Summer

Eamon sweeney

While we've readily embraced recent fads such as Electric Picnic's last bash of the summer and new kids on the block like Forbidden Fruit and Body & Soul, the August Bank holiday weekend has traditionally been Ireland's premier festival weekend.

The first Monday of August has been known as Lá Saoire i mí Lúnasa for as long as records began, presenting a perfect opportunity to take a short break, enjoy a cultural or social event and enthusiastically embrace all the promise and possibilities of summer.

The most notable bank holiday weekender of recent times was the famous Féile; a precursor to the music festivals today when tens of thousands of revellers would descend on Thurles for the Trip to Tipp and lose themselves in three days of musical mayhem.

It's always been the traditional weekend for holding a local féile big or small in towns up and down the country, where communities would come together to celebrate summer.

In 2012, options have become a lot more elaborate and imaginative than Big Tom & the Mainliners playing from the side of a HiAce van on the main street.

There's a diverse range of festive options this coming bank holiday, all of which are keenly priced to chime with the austere times.

It's been a funny old summer, marred by atrocious weather and the disappointing anti-climax of the Boys in Green at the Euros, so let's put it all behind us, kick out the jams and live it up for at least one weekend.

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