Wednesday 15 August 2018

Third time's a charm for Arcadian Field Festival

The Arcadian Field Festival takes place this weekend
The Arcadian Field Festival takes place this weekend

The stage is set for Arcadian Field 2018 which takes place at the weekend in the beautiful setting of Bellurgan Park.

This is the third year of the boutique festival featuring an enticing line up of Irish and international bands and DJs, as well as talks, theatre, comedy, poetry therapeutic areas and workshops and artisan food.

The line up features festival favourites including Accidents in the Workplace, Just Mustard, Pine the Pilcrow, Balkan Alien Sound, Blackbird & Crow, Inni-K, the Juice Box Comedy Club, Nix Moon, PrYmary Colours, Captain Moonlight, Third Smoke, TPM, Lemoncello, Twisted Sisters, comedian Patrick McDonnell and Jinx Lennon while international acts include Kitchen Machine, Dominic Jones, and The Turbans.

Building on the success of previous years, organiser Mark Sheridan has added some new features to the festival which include outdoor shadow theatre performances, late night immersive theatre venues, a hidden stage and a new food hall serving up the finest locally sourced and organic meals.

It's a festival that offers something for everyone, with music, theatre, comedy, talks and arts are planned across five stages in the stunning grounds in the shadow of Trumpet Hill and inside the historic house itself.

Some of the festival's unique and popular events are scheduled to make a return such as the fire performance on Sunday night, inspired by Mark's working trip to Burning Man, special guest performances by candlelight in the Drawing Room of the house as well as forest nature walks and holistic treatments.

The emphasis is very much on giving a stage to emerging talent, both local and national, and embracing a wide range of artistic and musical endeavour.

This year's festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, boldly ignoring the fact that the August Bank Holiday is a busy one for the Irish festival scene.

However, over the festival has built up a loyal band of supporters who are happy to escape the crowds at bigger events for the laid back ambience to be found at this intimate and eclectic festival offering everything from story-telling to yoga.

The festival accommodates camping, camper vans and some of the estates chalets are available to rent for those interested in some glamping. It is also a BYOB event.

Tickets, weekend and one day, are available at

The Argus