Festivals You May Like: Indiependence



Indiependence Festival

Deer Park, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork; July 29-31.

Here’s what you may need to know.

01. One of the success stories of the Irish festival circuit of the last decade, Indiependence has gone from a stage in Mitchelstown’s main square to one of the country’s biggest weekenders in the grounds of the Cork town’s Deer Farm.

02. This morning saw the first wave of line-up announcements, equally heavy on big names and independent Irish talent.

03. A hefty amount of weekend tix are gone already, with only Tier 3 passes left before this morning.

04. Previous Indiependence headliners Editors and Ash (back to redeem themselves after being unable to finish their set last year) are joined by Bell X1 and The Kooks at the top of the bill.

05. Scotland’s Idlewild, and Irish pop outfits The Blizzards, Hudson Taylor and The Strypes round out the crowd-pleaser portion of the announcement.

06. An intriguing selection of artists and bands lines out on the undercard, including garage-rockers Otherkin, Belfast’s Pleasure Beach, Dublin outfit Saint Sister, Cork soulman Brian Deady, and electronic lads King Kong Company.

Verdict: A solid start to what is traditionally one of the better line-ups of the Irish festival circuit, with an already-eclectic selection of acts under the bigger names. Deer Park is a beautiful location for a fest like this, and there’s little-to-none of the usual hassles that come with the bigger summer sojourns. Well worth the excursion.


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15 thoughts on “Festivals You May Like: Indiependence

  1. formerly known as @ireland.com

    I saw Ash play a small venue in Melbourne, back when they were on their prime. A bouncer had to be told that the crowd surfer was in the band, cos he was about to eject him.
    A great show.

  2. fran

    an absolute joke. crap line up. the 3 main headliners havent exactly been setting the world alight as of late. these are the exact same headliners as a few years ago and they expect people to pay the again for the same shite. they were shite headliners last time and theyll be shite again! dont go to this overated shite festival. it sold out last year so could they not go for somone abit bigger and better this time round. Shite!

  3. Quint

    Incredibly underwhelming line-up. The 2 main acts – Editors and the Kooks – are WELL past their prime but decent headline acts are scarce these days and it’s only going to get worse.

    1. meadowlark

      RSAG played the picnic last year at the salty dog and was brilliant. I’d pay good money to see him play again.

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