Trying to figure out which festival to spend your hard earned cash on this summer? will be helping you out in the coming weeks with our festival previews. Here, Fionnuala Jones writes about Indiependence.
Indiependence returns to Mitchelstown, Co. Cork following its tenth anniversary weekend last year. As one of Ireland's most successful small festivals, it sells out early every year. With third tier tickets on sale now, and more than half of the VIP and camper van tickets snapped up, get your skates on if you're thinking of attending!
This year's headliners include British band The Kooks. The lads just headlined the Trinity Ball to rave reviews, and expect to play another gloriously nostalgic set this August. The band's back-catalogue includes huge tracks such as, ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’, ‘Shine On’ and ‘Junk Of The Heart’. Their newest album Listen is their most experimental yet, so expect the unexpected from these Brighton boys.
The Blizzards mark their reformation with a comeback gig on Leeside. Bressie & co played the festival in 2008, before The Voice of Ireland even existed. They've been posting studio updates on Instagram as they continue to record new material, so watch this space.
Indiependence always boasts a wealth of Irish acts, and this year is no exception. Off the back of the release of their debut album, Walking On Cars play the festival once again. The band draw huge crowds at their festival slots, so make sure you get there early to get a glimpse of the Kerry crowd.
Along with The Kooks, Editors marks another huge signing for the festival. The band, who were previously called Pilot, The Pride and Snowfield, released their first self-produced album, In Dream, at the end of 2015. Expect dark, indie stylings from the British quintet.
Other things to check out at Indiependence include the Beer Hall. The hall acts as the festivals resident club, hosting smaller acts such as Daithi last year, as well as 90s night. The Beer Hall also serves the widest variety of drinks available, including craft beers, wine and prosecco.