The Festival Lowdown: Life 2016

Back with a bang for its eleventh year on the scenic grounds of Belvedere House, Mullingar is Life festival 2016 – possibly the most underrated music festival in Ireland. 

Life is a weekend filled with underground dance music, to sum it up, it’s like one big rave. I went last year and had what can only be described as the best weekend of my life, and I couldn’t imagine missing it this year.

Out of the five music festivals I went to last summer, I can honestly say that Life was the best one. Yep, better than the famous Electric Picnic, and this is something I’ve always said. Life is definitely becoming more popular this year, and I can totally understand why. The line-up so far is their best yet, and there’s definitely more talent to come.

As I said, Life is a weekend full of what’s more commonly known as rave music, but there’s a real variety of it this year.

Paul Kalkbrenner is famous in Germany’s electronic music scene, known primarily for his hit “Sky and Sand”, which has racked up over 23 million views on YouTube.

Cloud Rider is another one to look up when checking out Paul, he’s definitely not one to be missed this weekend with his minimal techno tunes.

Another popular DJ that Life brings us is Jamie Jones, who played a set at Tomorrowland last year – if that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will.

His sound is the type of minimal house you’ll find at any warehouse rave, and I can guarantee he’ll bring the crowd together for an amazing set.

Laurent Garnier is another DJ I’d recommend seeing during the weekend, simply because his sound is so different. It’s the best of electronic music, mixed in with a little trance, jazz and deep house along the way.

It’s the type of music that will get you in a great mood, dancing the night away with little to no cares in the world.

Hot Since 82 is a DJ that’s well worth seeing, as is Krystal Klear who recently played at one of Limerick’s best underground music venues, Subtech.

Ben Klock will be making an appearance once again this year, and it’s easy to see why Life brought him back. His set last year was nothing short of amazing, and I’m excited to see what he’ll bring this time around.

And as I’m writing this, Life have just announced that MK will be playing this year. Excited? Definitely.

What I really loved about Life was the chilled vibes during the day, there’s no rushing or running around because acts don’t start until 3 or 4 o’clock in the evening – this gives you plenty of time to sleep after dancing until 6am every night, something which I definitely needed.

It’ll probably be the most tiring and muddy weekend of your life, but I promise it’s worth it.

So the thing that everyone wants to know when it comes to music festivals – what’s the deal with alcohol?

Your alcohol allocation has to be brought in when you first enter, you can’t leave and buy more. And of course, there’s no glass bottles allowed on site.

The festival runs from the 27th to the 29th of May this year, and with less than two months to go, tickets are selling out quickly.

The first and second round of tickets are already gone, and there’s a limited amount of third round tickets left. These cost €139 (plus booking fee) and round four tickets will cost €10 extra.

Compared to the likes of Electric Picnic, it doesn’t really cost that much. Life festival is definitely something you should try at least once, the weekend of madness is worth every penny.