Crowds flock to Happy Valley Festival

MUSIC revellers from all over the country are expected to descend on Thomastown over the bank holiday weekend for the Happy Valley Festival.

MUSIC revellers from all over the country are expected to descend on Thomastown over the bank holiday weekend for the Happy Valley Festival.

Two of Wexford’s finest musical exports Wallis Bird and The Man Whom at The Bridgebrook Beergarden in Thomastown this Saturday (June 3).

Wallis headlines this fantastic day of music following in the footsteps of Kila, The Hothouse Flowers & Jerry Fish in previous years. From 3pm a host of acts will take to the stage including Ultan Conlon, Deetrich, The Freakles, Sean Watmore, Vickers Vimy, The Man Whom and finally Wallis Bird. Tickets are priced at just €16.50 are available for this intimate festival experience from The Bridgebrook Arms Thomastown and Rollercoaster Music Kilkenny.

Happy Valley Festival’s Sunday ‘15 acts for 15 euros’ in Murphys beergarden is fast becoming the place to discover the next big thing in music according to music magazine Hotpress. Having showcased over the years acts such as The Republic of Loose, Delorentos, Kopek, Bipolar Empire, Frightened Rabbit, We Cut Corners and more June Bank Holiday Sunday at Murphys is the place to be for music-lovers who want the opportunity to discover new music without having to worry about the weather or miles of walking. This years lineup includes The Hot Sprockets, Neon Wolf, Barley Mob, Window Seats, Solar Taxi, Adela and The Meanits, Band on an Island, Appo, The Rawkings, Our Krypton Son, The Oddsocks Revival, Slim Pickins, Nathan Conway, Daydream Regime and A Dog Called Eli.

For those on a tighter budget there are a host of free gigs in Carrolls Bar and The Sportsmans bar with musical genres to suit all. There are also many events for the family including saturdays craft and Farmers market at Carrolls Market Yard and the annual pet show in the same venue on sunday.

Paul Heaton of The Housemartins and Beautiful South will be stopping off on his cycling tour of the UK and Ireland to close the festival on Monday with an intimate gig at Murphys which is sure to a nostalgic affair for many. For more info on all of this years festivities please visit www.happyvalleyfestival.com