While the bigger and more well-known festivals are always appealing, the smaller ones are definitely worth looking into as well. Here Michaela Deane tells us all there is to know about the very student friendly festival, Knockanstockan.
Having won Best Small Festival, Best Line-Up, and the Family Festival Award in 2012, it’s clear that Knockanstockan has a lot to offer. 
 
While it’s one of the smaller and lesser known festivals, that doesn’t mean that it’s anything to look down on.
 
A sell out event in 2014, if you want your Knockanstockan tickets you need to act quickly. Taking place at Blessington Lake, Wicklow on the 24th and 25th of July this year, this festival is sure to bring you the only the best from the underground music scene. 
 
Knockanstockan is a completely non-profit festival, run by over 250 volunteers with the help of many musicians, artists and community members. 
 
It showcases some of the best raw talent in the country, and has been compared to a cheap and cheerful alternative to the ever popular Body & Soul.
 
You might look at Knockanstockan’s line up, consisting of the likes of O Emperor, Syd Arthur, The Eskies and Twin Headed Wolf and think, “I don’t really know any of these bands” but that’s where the beauty lies with this festival. 
 
With a long list of genres including rock, folk, traditional Irish, rap, soul, dance and much more, you have the opportunity to explore and listen to music that you never would have thought to listen to before.
 
It’s a relaxed and chilled environment and with over 150 acts to choose from, you’re sure to leave with a couple of new favourites.
 
At only €80 for a weekend ticket, Knockanstockan is definitely one of the more student friendly festivals. A family camping ticket is only €160, and if you have your own campervan the weekend works out at €105. Return buses can also be booked from Dublin at only €15, which is both cheap and convenient.
 
From hearty steak sandwiches to homemade ice cream, your wish is Knockanstockan’s command when it comes to delicious food. There will also be a range of vegan and vegetarian options available, so nobody’s left out. 
 
And onto an important aspect of any festival – alcohol. Knockanstockan is fully licenced, with a range of fun and funky bars to suit your needs. As well as that, they’re one of the sounder festivals who allow you to bring your own beer, which is also handy for students on a budget. 
 
Tobacco is also available on site, for those of you who forgot to cross it off your checklist.
 
Always striving to make an improvement, Knockanstockan’s campsite is larger than ever this year, as well as having a bigger and better camper van field. 
 
There’s nothing worse than having four other tents thrown on top of your own, and at least at Knockanstockan you’ll have plenty of space.
 
Not just a festival for the music, art and activities are another primary focus at Knockanstockan. This year they’re exploring the concept of light and dark, and the transformation of artwork between day and night. Art installations of this theme will be all around the festival site.
 
Like they do every year, Knockanstockan will be hosting a full programme of performance art. There will be spoken word artists, pop up performances, stilt walkers and acrobats to name but a few. These are the little things that are sure to make Knockanstockan 2015 a festival to remember.
 
If after reading this and Knockanstockan is really appealing to you, you’ll need to get your tickets quick. 
 
With a little over two weeks to go until the festival, it wouldn’t be a surprise for it to sell out again, and it’s not one that you’ll want to miss.