Saturday 21 April 2018

'Garth' the big attraction at Market House Festival

Fintan Lambe

GOREY has said YES to Garth, and this Saturday night, the disappointment of Croke Park will be left behind, as 'Friends in Low Places' bring the music of Garth Brooks to Gorey's Main Street.

Up to 20,000 people are expected in Gorey over the four days of the Gorey Market House Festival this Bank Holiday weekend, with around 4,000 people expected to each of the three nights of free concerts.

'People who were disappointed at not seeing Garth Brooks in Croke Park will see the next best thing in Gorey on Saturday night, and we have much more besides,' said Wexford County Council Area Administrator Amanda Byrne.

'We tried to get different styles of music for the main acts this year, and on Friday night, The Riptide Movement are headlining. On Saturday it's the Garth Brooks tribute band, 'Friends in Low Places', while Jack L will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday night.'

Ms. Byrne confirmed they are expecting large crowds on Saturday night, and they are putting on extra security as a result.

The Festival starts on Thursday night with a Cuisle Cheoil Ceili in Gorey Civic Square, followed by the Cock and Bull Tall Tales competition in The Coach House where representatives from pubs and Houses of Stories will wow the audience with their entertaing stories.

Esmonde Street will be closed to traffic from 2.30 p.m. on Friday to allow for the construction of the stage for the Boutique Boulevard Fashion Show which begins at 6.30 p.m.

Main Street is closed to traffic from Joanne's Café to the main traffic lights from 4.30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and will be pedestrianised all day Sunday.

'We're encouraging people to use the car parks and walk where possible,' said Amanda. 'Car park charges will apply, but everything else is free. It's going to be a great weekend. We have something for everyone, from children's activities to the finest of food and fashion, as well as a fantastic line up of music.'

She said that the Gorey Festival was revived and mainly funded by Gorey Town Council which has now been disbanded. 'We do need to look at a more sustainable basis for the festival,' said Amanda.

'Now that the Town Council is gone, we need to broaden the support base for the festival. If everyone gives a little, a little will make a lot. We need more support going forward.'

She said they are very grateful to their sponsors, and new sponsors are coming on board every year.

Enniscorthy Guardian