Friday 20 April 2018

Happy campers soak up festival atmosphere

Katie Kerley, Oliver Plunkett Park, arrives well prepared at Vantastival.
Katie Kerley, Oliver Plunkett Park, arrives well prepared at Vantastival.

Margaret Roddy

The stream of retro VW campervans heading to Bellurgan Park was the first indication that Vantastival 2014 was taking place over the May bank holiday weekend.

As much a celebration of the camping way of life as of music, Vantastival has become one of the most successful small festivals to emerge on the Irish music scene in recent years.

It's unique family friendly policy, backed up by a host of activities for children, means that festival-goers don't have to put their wellies away on the arrival of the pram in the hall.

The unfavourable weather failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands who made their way to idyllic setting of Bellurgan Park to enjoy non-stop music on the three main stages over the weekend.

Local hero Jinx Lennon headlined the main stage on Friday night in an electrifying set which could be heard as far away as Soldier's Point.

From unsigned bands to the legendary Hot House Flowers, Vantastival had something for everyone, with the late addition of Duke Special filling in for Engine Alley proving a highlight.

Off stage, the Cully and Scully campervan cook off sent tantalising aromas across the vast campsite on Sunday afternoon as VW crews vied for the title of best camping cuisine.

The absence of day-only tickets for Saturday lead to a reduction in numbers attending that day but better weather and day-only tickets for Sunday saw a bigger crowd out to make the most of the festivities.

The Argus