Get to know the artists from this year's Castlepalooza Festival

More acts will be announced in the coming months

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Get to know the artists from this year's Castlepalooza Festival

Get to know the artists from this year's Castlepalooza Festival

Now in its 13th year, Castlepalooza returns to Charleville Castle in Tullamore this summer with a stellar line-up of Irish and international talent. 

The event is renowned for putting on a unique boutique festival bringing together an eclectic mix of music acts; top
comedians; energising workshops and above all – unrivalled festival fun – in the stunning surroundings of the majestic Charleville Castle.

Castlepalooza 2018 has been launched for the August Bank Holiday weekend (3-5 August) with the first batch of music & comedy acts revealed. More acts to be announced later this Summer.

The top of the music bill features the likes of All Tvvins, Chk Chk Chk and Detroit Swindle, while the comedy stage will see the likes of the Rubberbandits and Karl Spain perform.

Below you can get to know a little more about the acts:

All Tvvins​ (Irish Festival Exclusive 2018): Their debut album ‘IIVV’ crashed into the Irish album charts at #2. They’ve been shortlisted for album of the year at the Choice Music Prize and along the way, they have toured Europe, played SXSW, and shared stages with Arcade Fire, Foals and Pixies. 2018 will see them tour Ireland in March, then the UK and on to their headline slot at Castlepalooza.

Chk Chk Chk:​ From their start in Sacramento, to Brooklyn house party staples and Union Pool residencies, and now delighting festival stages from Primavera to FYF, they’ve cemented their place as part of New York’s live dance scene - while others have drifted into the history books.

Detroit Swindle: This group​ were heavily influenced by a vibrant mix of Motown-soul, funk, hiphop and jazz at an early age. Their productions are best described as contemporary interpretations of classic soul tracks with melodical grooves, jazzy chords and bumpy bass-lines.

Ships: Ships​ are Simon Cullen and Sorca McGrath. They've been writing and performing together in Ireland since 2012. Recording, mixing and producing from their home in Dublin, Ireland and playing festivals, gigs and interesting spaces around the island as they go.

New Jackson: New Jackson​ is the brain child and electronic alter-ego of David Kitt. He released his first full length album ‘From Night To Night’ in 2017 with All City records and is in no way slowing down. Expect big and wonderful things from New Jackson.

Space Dimension Controller: In early 2008, aged 18, Space Dimension Controller made his first album in his bedroom in Belfast, ‘Orange Melamine’. Crunchy, tattered and enjoyably odd - Orange Melamine is a lovingly produced and deeply personal album that laces supernatural sounds and translucent synths with a sense of overflowing harmony.

Super Extra Bonus Party: Super Extra Bonus Party​ have been on hiatus since 2010 bringing their hi-octane ‘jump up
electronica’ to ever increasing crowds.

Boots & Kats​: Boots & Kats are a duo that specialize in making crowds move through their eclectic sets that have distinctive disco and funk influences. Their innate ability to connect with any crowd and provide a feel good atmosphere and energy regardless of the venue has led them to play across a wide variety of events around Europe.

I Draw Slow: I Draw Slow​ have been consistently honing their craft over the course of the last 10 years. They have been selling out venues in Ireland and releasing their records to critical acclaim. However, they haven’t only focused here. It’s been five years since the 5 piece band made their debut US appearance in Nashville, following the Number 2 Irish chart position of their second album, Redhills. Thirteen tours and 21 states later, they’ve moved into a dominant position on the American folk music scene and are receiving well deserved recognition from some of the biggest festivals in the US.

Seamus Fogarty​: Seamus Fogarty​ His debut album, hailed by the Irish Times as ‘one of the best Irish albums of recent years’, was released on Fence Records in 2012 leading to a slot on the main stage of Greenman and tours alongside James Yorkston, PictishTrail and Malcolm Middleton. Having spent the following two years touring the UK and Europe, he released an EP “Ducks
& Drakes” on another Scottish label, Lost Map, in 2015. Gideon Coe from BBC6 Music proclaimed the title track to be ‘one of the songs of the summer’.

Mix & Fairbanks: Mix & Fairbanks​ are an Irish duo, focusing on disco re-edits and remixes. Their clever sampling and dance floor nous has enabled them to create a stream of quality cuts, which brought them to many venues and festivals over the last couple of years.

Fontaines DC​: Fontaines DC​ is a 5 piece Rock&Roll band based in Dublin. In the last year they’ve taken part in the latest edition of HWCH, Other Voices, and have supported acts such as Yak, The Lemon Twigs, Hinds and Girl Band on their Irish Shows. They have also released their debut single, 'Liberty Belle', on 7" vinyl and digital platforms.

Rubberbandits: Rubberbandits ​are an award winning theatre act who use a mixture of music, performance, video and social media to deliver ideas into peoples heads using their own socially engaged artistic form so expect big things from their headline show in our Laughter Lab this year!

As always, Castlepalooza will also feature a number of workshops programmed over the weekend designed to get you out of your comfort zone, try something new and make you feel good all weekend long. Keep an eye out for further announcements on all this fun at #CP18.

CASTEPALOOZA 2018 tickets are priced at:

€139 (weekend with camping)
€109 (weekend no camping)
€49 (day ticket no camping)

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