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Organisers of inaugural Wild Roots Festival ready to host Sligo event at the third attempt


Members of An Garda Síochána and the fire service are given a walk through of the Wild Roots site. Pic: Carl Brennan.

Members of An Garda Síochána and the fire service are given a walk through of the Wild Roots site. Pic: Carl Brennan.

Members of An Garda Síochána and the fire service are given a walk through of the Wild Roots site. Pic: Carl Brennan.


Organisers of the first Wild Roots festival are preparing to welcome 12,000 people in just over one week’s time.

The event which was postponed twice throughout the pandemic has been granted its licence to take place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend (June 3-5).

The festival, which includes performances from James Bay, Soda Blonde and Damien Dempsey, will be among the first summer camping music festivals to take place since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last Thursday, festival organisers took members of the local gardai, fire brigade services and local school children on a first look at the new festival site, which includes Ireland’s largest ever immersive art installation “The Wild West Village” and a post-apocalyptic dance arena called “District 22”.

Organisers revealed a new festival app which is available now to download in the app store. The app will allow festival patrons to book activities, view stage times and pay for drinks and food using a contactless payment system.

For those traveling to Sligo by train or bus after you arrive make your way to the bus stop on Markievicz road across from Thomas Connolly’s bar where a (€2) shuttle bus will take you to the festival site. If arriving in Sligo by car, drive over Ash Lane at the front of ATU Sligo and then head out the R286 towards Hazelwood and the Wild Roots stewards will direct you to the main car park.

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The Wild Roots Festival will take place from June 2-5th on the shores of Lough Gill Co. Sligo. The family-friendly event includes a range of outdoor activities including boat parties, rock climbing, aerial yoga and walks through The Hazel Wood made famous by W.B Yeats.

“We tried so hard to do it last year. It was against us in the end,” Orla Buckley, festival co-founder told The Sligo Champion.

“We were lucky because it gave us time to build and expand and it gave people more time to buy tickets. It’s a much bigger event than we had originally planned.”

Organisers had gone to great lengths in 2021 to try make the festival happen, with social distancing, antigen testing and other safety measures in place.

But in the end, it was felt it was too risky with covid rates high in the region at the time. But now, organisers are ready to go and can’t wait.

“We were limited (last year), we had sold a certain number of tickets and that was higher than the number we would have been allowed have at the festival, we couldn’t put it on.

"There was a big Covid spike in Sligo and Donegal in July so even though we were being considered as a camping pilot it was felt then that it was too risky with the spike in the north west.

"We had to pull it in early July but here we go, ready to go and opening the gates in two weeks time. It’s very busy, but it’s so exciting.”

All the sets for the event are almost complete, with just finishing touches needed, while the main stage too is almost complete.

Tickets are still available, and stage times have been announced.

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