Vantastival is family-friendly music and campervan festival with a diverse line-up of homegrown rock, folk, trad, electro and punk acts, art installations, comedy, kids’ activities, friendly vibes, quirky extras and much more. It is one of Ireland’s most unique independent music festivals, a relaxed and super friendly event showcasing the best of up-and-coming Irish acts. Sponsored by VW Commercial Vehicles Ireland, The festival attracts hundreds of Volkswagen campervans, dating from the 1950s to present day, each year, but VWs are not the only campervans welcome and vans of all shapes and sizes can be found at Vantastival. Tent campers are also very welcome for the weekend, and day tickets are available for both Saturday and Sunday for those who don’t like to camp. This is not exclusively a campervan event! Each year music-lovers flock to Drogheda from all over Ireland for this intimate festival experience in the beautiful grounds of Beaulieu House, a hidden gem situated on the sloping banks of the river Boyne.
Up to 100 original live music acts feature on five stages over the three days of Vantastival and the festival is renowned for its unique and spectacular timber stages, custom built on site from materials found in the Beaulieu woodland. However, music is not the only thing this festival has to offer. A firm favourite at Vantastival is The Volkswagen Campervan Cook-off, a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style competition in which contestants are challenged to make a 2-course meal using only the facilities in their campervans. Other features include laughter yoga, comedy, art installations, fire performers, craft stalls, festival traders, an Alice in Wonderland themed kids’ camp, and much much more. Vantastival has something for everyone!
The Louth Contemporary Music Society’s annual midsummer festival has quickly established itself as an event of prime importance, not only in Ireland but internationally. Composers and performers from around the world are drawn to Dundalk by the qualities of enthusiasm and attention they meet from a growing local audience.
This year’s instalment, “The Gathering”, runs from the evening of Friday 19 June for a little over 24 hours and goes further than ever before, welcoming Cuba’s foremost composer Leo Brouwer. Half a century ago, Brouwer was the favoured guitarist of the leading German composer Hans Werner Henze. He brings to “The Gathering” a selection of his own pieces, for solo guitar and quartet, music deeply steeped in Cuban traditions. The Gathering will feature a world premiere of Brouwer’s Irish Landscape with Rain. Pascale Criton, whose hovering music made a big impression at last year’s festival, returns with a piece for the French guitar duo Lallement Marques. Concert in An Tain Arts Centre Dundalk at 8pm Friday 19 June 2020.
Further details available from www.louthcms.org.
An Chúirt Chruitireachta Annual International Harp Festival, An Grianán, Termonfechin, Co. Louth.
Takes place on Sunday 28th June to Friday 3rd July 2020
Bígí linn. Experience the unforgettable; we guarantee a life-changing harp journey. Fáilte roimh chách.
Book your place now at www.cairdenacruite.com.