Wednesday 22 January 2020

Your weekend mix

Áine O Donnell

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

You know the summer is in full swing when the festivals start to roll around. Life Festival been and gone, Longitude is coming on the horizon and this weekend brings two of the summer’s most hotly anticipated music festivals: Sea Sessions and Body and Soul.

Is there any better craic than an Irish music festival? Making friends with people from all around the country, catching your favourite bands and discovering some great new acts, getting kitted out in your festival fashion and running wild all weekend.

If sleeping in a dodgy two-man tent and using a baby wipe in lieu of a shower for three days just isn’t your scene, there are loads of fun events taking place back in civilised society over the weekend like the Irish G&T Fest and Walking on Cars are playing Kilmainham.

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If you aren’t already counting down the hours, our Schweppes guide and one sip of Kentucky Honey will have you buzzing for the weekend:

Sea Sessions, 23-25 June, Bundoran, Co. Donegal

This wee festival is all about the extreme. Hosted on Bundoran beach on the extreme edge of Europe, Sea Sessions brings together unreal tunes and killer waves for Ireland’s only surf music festival. It comes off the back of a historic year for Sea Sessions with the event winning Live Music Festival of the Year for 2016 and Donegal being named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’ by National Geographic. Festival-goers can make the most of the incredible setting with sandy sports like barefoot football and beach volleyball on the beach over the weekend. You can catch some of Europe’s best surfers duke it out in Hurley Surf Expression Session. Then all-star skaters and BMX riders perform on the festival half-pipe each evening. With so much to do, we haven’t even mentioned the main event: the music! Headliners for this year include The Coronas, Sigma and legends Primal Scream. Have a look at the full line-up and book tickets here.


Dublin Pride Parade, 24 June, Dublin

After a week of fabulous events, Dublin Pride goes out with a bang on Saturday with the biggest party of the year in the city, the Pride Parade. Setting off from Stephen’s Green at 2pm, the parade heads on a new route through the city by Christchurch before crossing the river to finish at the Pride Party in Smithfield. Expect lots of fun, music and facepaint as people from all over Ireland descend on the capital to paint the town rainbow! Before heading down to Smithfield, make sure to drop down to the Pantibar Pride Block Party for a drink on Capel Street. Then the Pride Party in Smithfield has music and drag acts as well as speeches from some of Ireland’s most well-known LGBTQ activists. There will be stalls selling food and drink to help you ring in Dublin Pride in style. There is no better way to top off Pride than by dancing the night away in the George. See the full schedule of events here.

Body and Soul, 23-25 June, Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath

As you could probably guess from the name, this music and arts festival is geared at being a tonic for the body and the soul. It has become known for attracting some of the biggest names in electronic music and this year is no exception with Bonobo, Metronomy and Vitalic to name but a few. The real draw of Body and Soul has to be its spontaneity, there is a surprise around every corner. You can see amazing comedy and just a few minutes away, live theatre and spoken word performances. For film buffs, Lighthouse Cinema are taking over the Library of Progress tent to show classic movies like My Girl and the iconic 90s flick Spiceworld, “spice up your life!”. There is even an annual masquerade ball hosted on the Saturday night. When it comes to the food, Body and Soul is much less burger van and much more artisan. Even the Bernard Shaw’s Big Blue Bus is making a weekend of it in Westmeath! Find out more and book tickets here.


Irish G&T Festival, 25 June- 1 July, countrywide

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are bound to have heard gin is in. There has been no bigger comeback since Britney Spears than gin, the former granny drink is now the hottest spirit in town. Its surge in popularity has resulted in many gin-credible Irish distilleries popping up around the country from Dingle Gin in Kerry to Jawbox Gin in Belfast. To celebrate the quintessential gin cocktail, the Irish G&T Festival is taking place in bars all around the country, starting this Sunday. Find your local gin joint here and then decide on your gin of choice with Schweppes tonic, of course. You can vote for your local to be named venue of the festival by using the hashtag #IrishGnT. With only Irish gins on offer, you’ll have to use your discerning palate to work out for yourself which gin is the best in the country!


Walking on Cars, 24 June, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

Here in Ireland, we have a lot to thank Dingle for: Fungie, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Murphy’s Ice Cream and now, Walking on Cars. Playing their biggest gig to date, Walking on Cars will take to the stage in the beautiful grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham this Saturday. Given the band only formed back in 2010, their rise to the top of the Irish charts could only be considered meteoric. Their acoustic based catchy songs are the perfect soundtrack to the summer. The gig will be a chance to hear their big hits like ‘Speeding Cars’ and ‘Don’t Mind Me’ as well as their new material. Walking On Cars launch their summer tour schedule in Kilmainham with slots at festivals all around Europe to follow. This could be your last chance to see the band before they hit the big time. Click here for tickets.


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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