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Castlepalooza celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year with a very special line-up and a re-designed site. It will take place on the new dates of Friday July 1st to Sunday July 3rd at it’s beautiful location of Charleville Castle, Tullamore.
Having already announced one of the best festival line-ups of the summer including Caribou, Villagers, Cat Power, Jurassic 5, Daphni, Polica, Steve Davis, Field Music, Let’s Eat Grandma and a whole heap more, Castlepalooza 2016 is ready to announce new additions to music, a stellar comedy line-up @ the Laughter Lab, the Dingle Gin Courtyard Stage featuring the best in electronic and club music, a line-up of contributing visual artists as well as Banter hosted by Jim Carroll and Culture Vultures hosted by Tony Clayton-Lea.
Amazing new additions to our music line-up include new supergroup Minor Victories (featuring Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai, Rachel Goswell from shoe-gaze legends Slowdive, and Justin & James Lockey of the Editors), J5 DJ/producer legend Cut Chemist, Baio (the new project from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio), Laura Sheeran’s “alien-synth-pop” outfit Nanu Nanu, award-winning broadcaster & DJ Donal Dineen, blogger & DJ extraordinare Nialler9, as well as Nimino, Gypsies on the Autobahn, Other Creatures and Sam Messasayeh.
Big news for our comedy stage The Laughter Lab. One of Ireland’s greatest, wildest, boundary-pushing comedic talents Tommy Tiernan will headline on Saturday night and arch TV satirists Apres Match will headline on Sunday night. They will joined by a brilliant line-up including PJ Gallagher, Al Porter, Karl Spain, Fred Cooke, Alison Spittle, Edwin Sammon, Joanne McNally, Andrea Farrell, Davey Reilly, Chris Kent, Colm O’Regan, Gearoid Farrelly, Eleanor Tiernan and more to be announced.
Sponsored by Dingle Gin this year, the Courtyard Stage has been a vital element of Castlepalooza for many years, programming cutting edge electronic and club music and with a very strong emphasis on the current wave of incredible Irish producers. This year the line-up features Maxmillion Dunbar, Jon K, Hashman Deejay, Slackk, Maurice Alexander, SIAS, Frankie Grimes, Toby Kaar (DJ set), Lumigraph, Morgan Buckley, Barry Redsetta, Pat Hyland, Sim Simma, Bentley & Born,T/A/S/T/E, Rory Bowens (NTS), Melly, Sally Cinnamon, Jamul Sul (Watermelon), Hennessy/Higgins/BOT, Sonel Ali (All City), Minos (live), Daire Carolan (All City), Glacial Sound and Shrieken.
Two more new additions to this year’s Castlepalooza are Banter and Culture Vultures. Curated and hosted by Jim Carroll Banter is a series of public talks, interviews and discussions which have been running at various venues and festivals in Ireland since 2009. Banter has covered a multitude of topics and themes in this time, from technology, media, disco and literature to food, feminism, Bruce Springsteen, farming and much more. Past guests have included folks like John Grant, Neneh Cherry, Colm Tóibín, Nile Rodgers, Jon Ronson, Willie Thorne and many, many more. The Castlepalooza line-up will be announced closer to the event. http://thisisbanter.com
Culture Vultures is a salon-type ‘words & music’ event, curated and presented by Irish Times music critic Tony Clayton-Lea. The ‘words’ part is a public interview, and there is also some form of spoken word/comedy and music in the mix. Full line-up to be announced closer to the event.
Castlepalooza wouldn’t be Castlepalooza without the multitude of visual artists who contribute to each year’s festival aesthetic. This year expect something special from painter-drawer-maker-thinker Tag Beckett. Louise Gardiner will return to CP to showcase her flair for recreating and reconstructing everyday objects into works of art. And the Heimat Crew will be working clingfilm magic all over the site.
Photographer Ruth Medjber & pop culture journalist Louise Bruton bring their Women of Notes / Mná na Notaí exhibition to Castlepalooza this year. The project is a new photography and narrative series celebrating some of Ireland’s most prominent and successful female musicians.
The Scene Of The Rhyme is a two hour spoken word performance, showcasing some of the country’s best acts in poetry, spoken word and theatre. This year we bring you Lady Grew (provocative hip hop cabaret-RTE, Edinburgh), Temper-Mental MissElayneous (Legendary Dublin based spoken word artist-RTE,C4), David Jackson (one of Ireland's deepest soul searchers of the spoken word) and the Scene Of The Rhyme collective (a riot of hilarious, political, ludicrous, horrifying and just plain wrong spoken word and poetry).
As always, Castlepalooza will feature a number of workshops programmed over the weekend designed to give you a lift and make you feel good just when festival fatigue starts to kick in. So keep an eye out for our dance, yoga, burlesque and numerous craft workshops.
Castlepalooza supports the Charleville Castle restoration project. A portion of each ticket will go towards the ongoing work carried out on one of Ireland's most historic landmarks.
Castlepalooza is an award-winning festival renowned for it’s relaxed, feel-good atmosphere and intimacy. It takes place in one of the most beautiful festival sites in the country, the centre-piece of which is Charleville Castle - a 17th century medieval structure steeped in history and myth. The castle is subject to an important restoration fund and heritage trust to which Castlepalooza donates every year. Charleville castle is situated in the oldest primordial oak wood in Ireland populated with the most weird and wonderful trees. The building itself is often referenced by paranormal enthusiasts as one of the most haunted properties in Europe!