As we long for festival season, Declan O’Dwyer takes a look at East Cork’s unique festival, It Takes A Village.
The evenings may be long and it might feel a long way from summer but as we are now in 2019, here’s why It Takes A Village to get excited for festival season.
For music lovers who enjoy the wide variety of acts a festival has to offer but don’t enjoy camping, It Takes a Village in Trabolgan, County Cork, may be the festival for you.
Contemporary Irish acts are to the forefront of this festival, which includes current Choice Music Prize nominees Saint Sister and Lisa O Neil. Previous nominees Bantum, Ships (2017 winners), David Kitt’s electronic side project New Jackson, and Katie Kim will feature.
Other Irish acts Include AE Mak from Dundalk who experiments on the border lines of pop. As well as popular emerging groups such as Happyalone and Pillow Queens. Not forgetting the psychedelic influenced Meltybrains and Rebel County comedy dance duo Lords of Strut. Amongst the DJs are Nialler 9, Eddie Kay and Colm K.
The LBGTQ+ community can look forward to the Burlesque ‘House of Mockie Ah’ and DJs such as Glamo and Tonie Walsh.
It’s not all music though, as spoken word, performance poet Cormac Lally joins writers Kevin Barry and Lisa McInerney.
International acts are also making their way to this picturesque part of East Cork. Don Letts is a British film maker, DJ and Musician. An influential figure in turning punks on to reggae, Letts has also directed music videos for artists, including The Clash. BBC 6 Radio’s Gilles Peterson, is a French-born English DJ who is also a record label owner. Herbert is a DJ, Producer and Composer who works mainly in the field of electronic music. While Sister Nancy is a Jamaican Dancehall DJ and singer.
Snapped Ankles are a London based post-punk band and last but not least The Herbaliser are a Jazz hip hop group, who formed in London during the nineties.
Accommodation includes not just camper van access but also 150 self-catering houses and apartments. People need to travel in groups for access to these facilities. As many as nine can share the bigger houses, while as few as three can share some of the smaller apartments.
The festival takes place between the 10th and 13th of May. Tier 3 tickets are on sale until February 1st, where a camper van ticket will cost you €169 and a house €229.
Tickets then rise after that date where a camper van ticket will cost €189 and a house €259. If this seems pricey to some, remember the apartments are self-catering so you can save yourself a lot of money on food and drink.
If the full weekend isn’t for you, there are limited day tickets still available for the Sunday.
There are still more names to be announced in the coming months. This is a very eclectic and unique music festival, so if you’re looking for something different this festival season, It Takes A Village may be exactly what you are looking for.
Check out the line up poster below.
Tickets are on sale now via UTicket.ie.