This June 27th to 29th festival goers will head to the shores of Donegal for Sea Sessions festival, which is celebrating its seventh year.
Situated in the beautiful Donegal coastal town of Bundoran, Sea Sessions is one of those festivals that is one of kind compared to others you might find. A mix of surfing and skating, music, beach sports and partying is what this festival is all about.
Express yourself by means of adventure based activities. Whether it’s surfing, skating, beach soccer, or just having a cool drink while watching numerous acts grace the stages, you can be sure that the weekend will be thrill filled and full of good vibes.
Where to stay?
Camping at the festival is located at the local GAA pitchjust off the main street in the west end of town on Bayview Avenue.
If it isn't part of your ticket bundle, then you can purchase a limited amount of camping tickets for €20.
From the Sligo direction it’s the turn on the right after the row of Victorian Terraced houses called Bay View terrace.
If you are coming from the Ballyshannon direction (from where the free shuttle bus runs), it’s the second left after Madden's Bridge Bar.
About a 3 hour drive by car, the festival also has a number of other ways to get there by public transport and a special Marathon Travel bus for €30 return.
If you get the no. 30 bus (which does not stop in Bundoran) from Busaras in Dublin, you can then get a free shuttle bus from Ballyshannon to the festival.
If you don't quite fancy traveling by bus, you can also get the train to Sligo from Dublin Connolly. A number of buses go the direction of Bundoran from here via Bus Eireann, but the main one is a no. 64 bus and is 40 minute journey.
The no.64 bus will also bring you from Galway Bus Station to both west and east stops in Bundoran. Of course do check the timetable for any changes that may be made on the way.
Tasty Selection of Craft Beers
This year the festival has teamed up with O’Hara’s Craft Beers to provide a selection of craft beers also.
Quiksilver Expression Session
The Quiksilver Expression Session will once again be the biggest cash prize in Irish Surfing with Australian Noah lane expected to ruffle the feathers of last year’s winner William Alioti from the Reunion Islands.
RTÉ 2FM Unsigned Sessions
After a record level of entry in the Unsigned Sessions this year the short list of ten acts have been chosen and sent to 2FM’s Louise McSharry, whose new music show on the station will be whittling down to the final four acts that will appear at the festival's Vodafone Stage from 2pm on Sunday.
A speciall Sea Sessions half Pipe ramp for skaters and BMX riders has also been installed this year.
The specially commissioned ramp is going to be located on the promenade overlooking the beach and right beside the 2FM broadcast unit.
“2FM Beat Shack”
RTÉ 2FM are going to be broadcasting all weekend from Sea Sessions, they are also taking over the Dance stage, which they have re- branded the ’2FM Beat Shack’ for the weekend.
Vodafone Stage and Main Stage Breakdown
Vodafone stageoverlooking the beach will see the likes of Ella Eyre, Hermitage Green, Raglansand loads more acts pack out the stage.
The Main Stage as always will be the main attraction. And with acts likeThe Dandy Warhols, The Strypes, Leftfield, Kelis and many more taking to the stage.
Tickets are €99 for a full three-day weekend pass and €109 for a weekend pass with camping. Go to www.SeaSessions.com for full ticket details.
I am quite a fan of the Donegal natives, especially their track 'Like The Sun'. If you were to pick an act to open the main stage, it would be hard to see any other band than a local energetic act of Mojo Gogo's calibre do it.
Formerly known as the excellent Little Bear, which you may remember from Other Voices Derry-Londonderry, PØRTS play after Mojo Gogo, so you will get a worthwhile trip by abandoning the cans and heading for the festival arena.
Having seen Hermitage Green pack out The Academy not so long ago, it was quite clear why as they put on a truly enjoyable and feel-good live show. It might sway you to see them at the Vodafone Stage after catchy The Dandy Warhols who are on the Main Stage 20mins beforehand.
The Dead Prezidents
Any Dublin natives will know them from gigs at The Academy on a regular basis. Clubbing essential to finish off your night, or kickstart it.
Walking On Cars
The band are just excellent in terms of originals and covers. It's a return for the Dingle band following last year's well received set at Sea Sessions. Festival favourites at many an event, you can be sure there'll be a crowd.
"Oh what a shame!" that they will be clashing with Funeral Suits. But it's an energetic set from the band that wowed many a festival goer at Glastonbury last year. In demand and notably on form for the Cavan boys.
As mentioned, the band's set clashes with The Strypes, but whatever choice you make neither will disappoint. The band joined Darling on the line up to support White Lies back in March, if you're a fan of White Lies, you like these guys. Might tempt you to join 'All Those Friendly People' instead.
Their debut album "Natives" is spectacular, to be honest I don't know any other superlative to add to spectacular it's that good. That closing set on the Vodafone Stage on Saturday is going to be something special.
2 Bad Mice
Jungle drums and break-beat hardcore are what 2 Bad Mice do. Get ready to lose it to popular track 'Bombscare'. They also clash but with two other recommendations, so you are spoilt for choice.
Listen out for track 'Battle', they duo used to busk in Dublin quite a bit and are currently climbing the charts with latest EP 'Battles II'.
'Bloodsports' is a great grunge track, The Guardian described them as "They're Derbyshire's Black Keys." Great duo worth catching after Hudson Taylor.
Tipped for big things this year, you'll recall Ella's vocals from that Rudimental track 'Waiting All Night'. A fantastic artist in her own right, 20-year-old Ella Eyre's debut single, 'If I Go', is out on 14 July 2014.
Much has been made of Little Matador's Nathan Connolly whose previous work with Snow Patrol, but Little Matador are something a bit different to that. Other band members were actually once part of The Frames, Bell X1, Turn and Concerto for Constantine. You will like Little Matador if you are a fan of Queens of the Stone Age.
Fish Go Deep
Fish Go Deep always go down well at festivals, so it's likely to be the same this time round too. Made up of Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson from Cork, listen out for this duo's track 'The Cure and the Cause’.