AN EXCITING line up of music, entertainment and fun events are all part of this year’s Happy Valley Festival which will take place in Thomastown over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
The festival which has grown from strength to strength in recent years will also raise funds to convert the old courthouse into a much-needed Arts Centre.
A weekend ticket for Saturday and Sunday’s music line-ups is available at the special discount price of €25 from Rollercoaster Music in Kilkenny and The Bridgebrook and Murphys Bar Thomastown.
This year events will kick off on Wednesday, May 29 with free yoga sampler classes with Oonagh Anderson for adults from 7pm-8pm and for teenagers from 8pm-9pm, beside Funky Muttz Grooming at The Bridge, Thomastown.
On Thursday, May 30 there will be an exhibition opening at the Sessions House with drawings from Noah Hamilton at 6pm. There will also be an amateur photography competition and architectural plans for the The Sessions House refurbishment will be unveiled.
On Friday, May 31 the Grennan Mill Graduate Show Opening will take place. A graduate exhibition and the Nore Lass display will be open all weekend 10am-6pm.
The official opening of the festival will take place on May 31 with The Red Door Sessions at The Bridgebrook Marquee at 9pm.
On June 1 the Happy Valley Market will take place The Sessions House on Logan Street which will include local craft and produce, holistic treatments including acupuncture, reiki, iridology and allergy testing and advice from Breda Gardner, Eavan Dowling and Triona Kennedy. There is also childrens story-telling by Dave Donohoue and Pete’s Treats ‘Guess the Sweets’ competition and more from 11am to 5pm.
There will also be a ThriftyWorkshop and a number of demonstrations and other bright recycling ideas at the market.
On June 1 there will be mud workshops and pottery classes for children at Karen Morgan Ceramics on Market Street and there will be free all day sampling and tasting at Harmony Healthfood on Market Street from 10am to 5.30pm.
The music line up for Saturday includes I Draw Slow, Nathan Conway & The River Valley Band, The Radioactive Grandma, Nicole Maguire, Daydream Regime,The Lofires, The Thomas Donoghue Band, The Chapters, Appo, Our Krypton Son, Shane Tobler from at The Bridgebrook marquee from 2pm and admission is €15. There will also be live music at The Sportsman on June 1 and Knoxville Morning and Friends will perform at Murphys beergarden from 9pm. On June 2 there will be a pet show in aid of Inistioge Puppy Rescue and all species are welcome. Meanwhile on Sunday Miracle Bell, Neon Wolf, The Hot Sprockets, Solar Taxi, Deetrich, Heritage Centre, Master & Dog, Seven Summits, Ghost Estates, Rachel Austen, Permagrin, Window Seats, Brunch with Boozey, The Oddsocks Revival and The Freakles will all perform from 12pm and admission is €15.
On June 2 Old Hannah and Stephen Buck will perform at The Bridgebrook Marquee from 9pm with free admission and on June 3 Dwyer and Fitzpatrick Rollover Bingo will perform at The Sportsmans at 2pm with free admission. This will be followed by a performance by Old Hannah at The Sportsmans at 4pm. There will also be live music atThe Bridgebrook at 6pm while Oddsocks Revival and Comes in Waves will play at Murphys Bar at 9pm.
On June 4 the Happy Valley Raffle takes place at The Sportsmans at 4pm. Tickets (€2) are currently for sale all over Thomastown. Prizes include an overnight stay in Mount Juliet for two with dinner and breakfast and tickets to the Groove Festival with Imelda May, Jack L, Damien Dempsey, UB40 & more, Super Valu Tokens and more.
The Jerpoint Glass Studio Shop and Glass Attic Gallery will be open daily and there will be an exhibition of The Lion & The Sun Silver Jewellery, hand-crafted textiles and more by The Bridge from May 23.
For more info, including a sampler of all the music acts, visit www.happyvalleyfestival.com