Mitchelstown is set for a real bonanza over the August bank holiday weekend with over 50,000 festival goers expected to hit the area for this year’s Indiependence Music & Arts Festival.
“This will be the biggest INDIE to date and already it looks like tickets will sell out before the festival opens,” Shane Dunne said on Saturday as the pop-up tickets shop in Forrest Hall was doing a booming trade.
People travelled from all over the country for tickets – little wonder with Gavin James, one of the biggest names in Irish music at the moment, headlining the event.
“At this rate, we expect weekend tickets to be sold out within the next or so,” Mr Dunne said.
Once again, the organisers have secured some of the top groups in the entertainment business to play the Deer Farm over the three days (and nights) of the festival which will see young Scottish songwriter Lewis Capaldi (the fastest unsigned musician to reach 25 million streams on Spotify) make his INDIE debut.
Other well known names on the programme include Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, All Tvvins, The Undertones, The Frank & Walters, Maxi Jazz (DJ Set) etc.
In there also amongst the massive line-up is one of Ireland’s best selling indie bands Something Happens, along with Irish grunge royalty Kerbdog, the Norwegian pop sensation Dagny and many, many more.
The ever-growing busking festival taking place in the town centre on the Saturday of Indie19, augers well for a bumper weekend in and around the town.
Innovation is the name of the game with Indie organisers and this year, Pamper the Camper – a one stop shop for festival gear – will be on site for the first time.
Plans have also been made to further improve the attractive VIP area, releasing the same number of tickets but doubling all facilities and increasing the camping space.
If you haven’t already secured your ticket, the advice is don’t waste any time. Check out updates at www.indiependencefestival.com, @Indie_pendence (Twitter), @indiependence_festival (Instagram).