Wednesday 24 October 2018

What's On? Your Weekend Mix

Áine O Donnell

The weekend starts here! Find the perfect place to raise a gin and tonic with your weekend mix with Schweppes.

There is nothing we look forward to more when the summer rolls around than the Bank Holiday weekend. With our three-day weekend in May nothing but a distant memory now, the beginning of June brings the second Bank Holiday of the summer.

With a whole extra day of freedom, you are bound to have some grand plans for the June Bank Holiday. Don’t worry if this three-day weekend crept up on you, Schweppes have you sorted with all the best things to do with your Bank Holiday. “Carpe weekend” and all that.

Make a plan, tempt your mates in the group chat and pick out a new outfit. The long weekend is nearly here and you need to make the most of it. You won’t have an opportunity like this again. Well, until the August Bank Holiday that is.

What is a Bank Holiday without a celebratory cocktail? We have pink G&T recipe which is the perfect start to your epic extended weekend.

For a long weekend of craic and cocktails, stick with Schweppes:

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Forbidden Fruit, 3-5 June, Kilmainham, Co. Dublin

This city centre festival is now in its seventh year and is putting their own spin on the summer music festival. Set in the beautiful grounds of the IMMA and the Royal Hospital, Forbidden Fruit has become a summertime institution but this year, they are doing things a bit differently. Making the most of the Bank Holiday weekend, the festival is starting on Saturday with headliners Orbital then one-man maestro Aphex Twin will be closing out Sunday night on the main stage but the fun doesn’t stop there. Indie folk sensation Bon Iver is not only taking the stage on Bank Holiday Monday but he has curated the line-up, he will be joined by acts like Flying Lotus and Lisa Hannigan among others. Weekend tickets are already sold out but you can get your hands on two-day tickets and day tickets here, just be quick!


Cat Laughs, 1-5 June, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny.

Kilkenny has a reputation for being the home of great craic in Ireland, it has long been a top destination for hen parties and lads weekends away so it is only fitting that it hosts the country’s biggest comedy festival, Cat Laughs. The biggest names in comedy have graced the Kilkenny stage over the years and this year is no exception. Scottish funny man Kevin Bridges tops the bill with one of our own, Dara O’Briain. The great thing about Cat Laughs is you don’t buy tickets for standalone one-act comedy gigs, you get a chance to see a few of the acts in the same venue with big names joined by fresh faces. Tommy Tiernan, Aisling Bea and Adam Hills are just some of the other comedians playing over the weekend. Check out the full line-up and buy tickets here.


Rory Gallagher Festival, 1-4 June, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

While Irish rocker Rory Gallagher was known worldwide, he started his life in the little town of Ballyshannon in Co. Donegal. To celebrate their most famous export, the town hosts an international classic rock festival every year. In Donegal, they say “up here, it’s different” and that is certainly true of this wee music festival! The line-up is all about good old classic rock without the fuss, you can see some true guitar masters like original Whitesnake axe-man Bernie Marsden and former Thin Lizzy member Eric Bell. This place is along the Wild Atlantic Way so prepare to let loose! Let your hair down and break out the air guitar. See the full line up and book tickets for the weekend here.


Bloom, 1-5 June, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

The June Bank Holiday truly rings in the start of the Irish summer and hopefully, some great weather. When the sun shines, there is nowhere we would rather be than relaxing in our back garden soaking up some rays. Where better to get inspired for a summer garden makeover than at Bloom? Bloom is Ireland’s biggest gardening festival, taking place in the Phoenix Park. While gardening may be at the heart of the event, it has become so much more with a Food Village, fashion shows and cooking demonstrations. The highlight of Bloom still has to be the show gardens where you can see stunning gardens, created by some of Ireland’s best garden designers and landscapers. Get your tickets and take a look at the full programme here.


Limerick International Food Festival, 1-5 June, Limerick, Co. Limerick.

Here in Ireland, we love a food truck. We have long been purveyors of the after-night out burger van or the football match chipper-on-wheels. This super cool food festival is thankfully more Los Angeles than Longford Town. Hosted in the People’s Park in the city centre, food trucks from all over the world will be serving up the best international eats. Expect restaurant quality food in a much more laid-back atmosphere. With food being served from 11am to 11pm each day, you can stay for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It isn’t all about the food, there will also be some “daycent” craft beer with the first Inaugural Craft Beer competition taking place on Saturday afternoon. As the Rubberbandits would say, “that’s Limerick city!”.


No great weekend, or cocktail, is complete without Schweppes. Every week, Schweppes will be keeping you up to date with all the hottest events and coolest cocktails for the weekend to shake up your summer.

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