Thursday 23 May 2019

Six are set to battle it out for a slot at Vantastival

An online public vote has chosen six acts to compete in the live final of the Firestone Road to the Main Stage competition, part of Firestone Live's association with this year's Vantastival.

Don't Fear the Natives, Gráinne Cotter, Kiosoma, Molto Vivo, Stolen City and The Burma have come out on top in the public vote and will proceed to the live final on Thursday 2nd May.

The final will take place in Odd Mollies, Drogheda, where the bands will perform for a judging panel comprising journalist Tony Clayton-Lea, Today FM Head of Sound Gavin Blake, Lecturer in Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute John McFadden, and Vantastival Director Benny Taaffe.

The overall winner will receive a significant prize package including a recording session at Herbert Place Studios and €1,800 worth of equipment from the Musicmaker store in Dublin, and will headline the Firestone Music Station stage at this year's Vantastival.

Last year's competition winners, Drogheda band Modernlove., will make a special guest appearance on the night and debut their new single.

12 acts shortlisted by Vantastival organisers took part in the online phase of the competition and all 12 will feature on the Firestone Stage at this year's Vantastival. The stage will feature 25 acts in total over the festival weekend.

Meanwhile, Vantastival has revealed a final line up of over 80 acts for its 10th anniversary celebrations this June bank holiday weekend. With rock, electronic and folk music interspersed with reggae, rap and traditional, there will be something for all tastes at this year's festival. In addition to Modernlove. who will feature on the Main Stage on Sunday 2nd June, a number of local acts feature on the bill this year. These include The Roomkeepers - a band centering around musician Eoin Matthew McCabe - and singer-songwriter Donal Quinn, both hailing from Drogheda, The HighLife from Monasterboice, as well as local women's community drumming group The Samba Mammas, and a teenage band comprised by youths involved with Music Generation Louth.

Vantastival takes place at Beaulieu House and Gardens, Drogheda, from 31st May to 2nd June. Family day tickets are available for the Saturday and Sunday. For more information, the full line up and tickets, visit

Drogheda Independent