Now in it’s 8th year The Happy Valley Festival has firmly established itself as a welcoming and intriguing place to catch the best of rising Irish and international acts, whilst also enjoying many of the creative workshops, exhibitions, family entertainment and places of heritage that help to bring this scenic country town alive over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
A stones-throw from Kilkenny city and nestling conveniently on the banks of the river Nore on the main Dublin-Waterford thoroughfare, Thomastown had long been recognised as the hidden creative hotspot of the south-east, thanks in part to it being home to the Grennan Mill Craft School also hosting their end of year show on the same weekend.
Over the past eight years artists from Snow Patrol to Lisa Hannigan, The Republic of Loose to The Hothouse Flowers have attracted crowds to the many beautiful beergadens of the town, but it is the up and coming acts from our shores and further afield who are taking this music and arts festival to another level.
On June 1 in The Bridgebrook Beergarden Our Krypton Son , Appo, The Chapters, The Thomas Donoghue Band, Nicole Maguire, Lofires, Daydream Regime, The Hot Sprockets, Nathan Conway and The River Valley Band, Shane Tobler and I Draw Slow will all perform.
The festival will continue in Murphys Beergarden on June 2 and will kick off with Brunch with Boozey, followed by Tarantella Fall, Window Seats, Seven Summits The Freakles , Permagrin, Deetrich, Heritage Centre, Rachel Austin, Oddsocks Revival, Solar Taxi, Master & Dog, Neon Wolf , Ghost Estates and Miracle Bell. Tickets are priced at a €15 per day are available from the host venues and Rollercoaster Records from April 19. A special ‘early bird weekend ticket’ will be available´at €25 until May 10. Details of camping facilities will be available on our website shortly.
There will also be a host of other free gigs and events over the bank holiday weekend with acts such as Knoxville Morning, Old Hannah, Stephen Buck, RNA , Dwyer & Fitzpatrick and more.
For those music and art lovers who want the festival experience minus the muddy fields, long walks and queues Happy Valley Festival is the one for you. For all info on the music lineups and all other events surrounding the june bank holiday weekend in Thomastown please visit www.happyvalleyfestival.com. To book a stall at our popular craft and farmers market on June 1 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.