Monday 22 July 2019

Festvial hits right notes

Cathy Lee

On the clean, grassy walk down from the car parks and through delicate fairy-light lit campsite, you had the feeling that this weekend was going to be something a little different, and this proved to be true.

Born out of Electric Picnic, Kaleidoscope has now set its standards going forward on what a unique family festival can be, and there's already talk of next year as we are certainly off to a good start.

In the vast grounds of Russborough House and parklands, the thousands that flocked there found that there really was something on offer for everyone.

Big time headline acts like Imelda May, Tom Odell and Bell X1 rocked the house and had the crowd on their feet each evening and quality music was appreciated in Wild Youth, Delorentos, The Riptide Movement, Hermitage Green and Ryan Sheridan.

The atmosphere was one of welcome throughout the site, which could be seen during the Dublin Gospel Choir set on the main stage on Sunday, when children were invited to participate. Other popular acts were Sean and Conor Price from Blessington, who found fame on last year's X Factor, and fellow west Wicklow man Josh Grey.

Apart from the main stage, the Zozimus Stage saw Little Hours entertain on Saturday, and Ryan Mack followed by Bry and DJ Kormac on Sunday. The tent with the Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow began with circus workshops, and continued with live music and a disco throughout the weekend.

Inside Rumpledumpus, children were entertained with the baby rave, family meditation, dance and yoga.

The hippodrome cinema had a lot to offer, while the wonderland area provided storytelling and presentations.

The Big Hooley celebrated traditional music, and there were wellness, food, play and carnival areas for all to enjoy.

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