Cool ‘Blue Breeze’ blowing through Banagher

ECHOING the great eighties music fest Féile, Banagher GAA grounds are home to the inaugural Blue Breeze Music Festival this weekend.

ECHOING the great eighties music fest Féile, Banagher GAA grounds are home to the inaugural Blue Breeze Music Festival this weekend.

It boasts an eclectic line up of acts carefully selected to satisfy young and slightly older fans.

For just €39.50, the one day festival kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday and promises 11 to 12 hours of solid music. The main stage line up includes The Stunning, Cathy Davey, Bipolar Empire, Dirty Epics, Rip Tide Movement, The Whisht, Codes, The Kapitals and Gavin Ghee. There will also be an accoustic stage where local and national acts will play a more informal set.

The Stunning are one of Ireland’s best loved bands, with their first two albums reaching number one in the Irish charts in the 1980s. Nearly every house in the country has a copy of ‘Paradise in the Picturehouse’ which was the soundtrack to the 80s. Since then the group have been touring far and wide and fans of the group are bound to hear favourites such as ‘Romeo’s on Fire’, ‘Brewing up a Storm’, ‘Half Past Two’ and ‘Everything that Rises’.

Dublin songstress Cathy Davey has been going from strength to strength since releasing her debut album in 2004. Those who haven’t seen Cathy Davey live are in for a real treat from the multi-instrumentalist, with singles such as ‘Little Red’, ‘Reuben’, ‘Moving’ and ‘Sing for your Supper’.

For the full festival experience, camping is available at €10 for both Friday and Saturday night, with car space, and a shuttle bus service to the GAA grounds. Organisers New Dawn Promotions are running the event to coincide with Banagher’s Arts Festival ‘Have You Seen a Monkey’, and local artists will be creating a grafitti wall over the weekend. A caricature artist will be on hand too, while stalls will offer local crafts and good food, adding to the atmosphere.

Corinne of New Dawn Promotions hopes it will become an annual event in her home town of Banagher. “It’s all about the music. There’s a great vibe about it already, we’re keeping everything at a reasonable price so hopefully it will be a success, and we can build on it for next year,” she said.

Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.ie. The campsite will be open from 2pm on Friday, and patrons are asked to arrive early as places fare limited. Email corrinne@newdawnpromotions.com to reserve a camping place. See www.newdawnpromotions.com for more.