Second in a four-part series of festivals. See Benicassim here
Bank-holiday weekends in rural areas of Ireland are renowned for spending two or three nights drinking in a pub because why not? It’s a bank holiday. However, for the people of North Cork and surrounding areas, the August bank holiday weekend isn’t quite the same, due to Indiependence.
Since its inaugural festival back in 2006, INDIE – as its more commonly known – has continued to grow and expand receiving awards within Ireland and even being shortlisted as one of the best small festivals in Europe.
On the outskirts of Mitchelstown and at the foot of the Galtees, the festival will be held over August 4-6 showcasing numerous up and coming Irish acts. It’s a simple festival there’s no denying that. Camp-site and music arena, that’s pretty much it but for a three-day festival, what more do you want?
The sound of cans popping and crackling will most likely wake you on the Saturday and Sunday mornings, followed by the sound of a bitterly hoarse voice. As the day time activity in the music arena is relatively dead, you can count on the buzz on the campsite to be at its pinnacle.
You’re allowed to bring either a slab of cans or a plastic bottle of vodka so don’t get caught with both and if you feel the need to top up make sure you go down to the town (15 mins walk) on the Saturday as no drink will be allowed through the entrance on the final day.
Already, they have announced Sigma, Coronas and Manic Street Preachers as the first acts and if going by the previous few years, expect the Indie music veteran’s as well as many novices of the industry.
Whether you’ve been to festival before or are a festival virgin, go to Indie. And even if you’re a virgin… anyway the point is go to Indie.