THOMASTOWN’S Happy Valley Music and Arts Festival is just around the corner again and this year organisers are promising an even greater programme of events for all the family.
With everything from free wine-tasting classes to art-and-craft workshops and demos, farmers and flea markets and children’s activities, this June Bank Holiday weekend festival will also feature musical acts including Kíla.
“We pride ourselves on showcasing new music from at home and further afield, and over the years acts such as Republic of Loose and Lisa Hannigan were given some of their earliest airings at the festival while acts like Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit, Washington Irving and Bronto Skylift made their Irish debuts here in Thomastown. Our new website www.happyvalleyfestival.com will give full details of what’s in store over the coming weeks,” say the organisers.
“However, in keeping with the Thomastown tradition of happening upon random well-known musicians jamming in the corner of a bar on any given night, we can never fully plan for who might turn up over the course of the weekend. Last year Howard Marks made an unexpected visit to Murphy’s beergarden on Sunday night and was coaxed into an impromptu gig for the next day. Marks delivered a really special lunchtime treat for those who thought they’d witnessed all the festival highlights already.”
The weekend also includes free events and free gigs throughout the town. Tickets to see Kíla and other acts for are e22; and there’s a lineup of 15 bands for e15 all day on the Sunday at Murphy’s beergarden.