Top bands and singers confirmed for Bandon Festival

April 13th, 2016 11:50 AM

By Southern Star Team

Members of the organising committee of the Bandon Music Festival

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THE Riptide Movement and Delorentos have been confirmed for this year’s Bandon Music Festival.

The festival returns for its 20th year this June bank holiday weekend, (June 3rd to 5th), with new and familiar faces added to the line-up of musical talent. The festival’s headline acts are two of Ireland’s top rock bands, with support from local act Ruby Jude and Jupe.

Saturday’s headline, The Riptide Movement, blew-up the Irish music scene in 2014 with their number one album “Getting Through” and string of Top 10 singles. Their spectacular success in Ireland came off the back of a trail of gigs from Dublin to Delhi with a stop-off in Pilton to slay the Glastonbury masses, taking to the UK airwaves with all 50 of the BBC Concert Orchestra and supporting The Rolling Stones at their Hyde Park homecoming. They have just recorded their 4th album.

Local woman, Angela Ryan and her band Ruby Jude have been one of the many elements that assisted in Bandon’s bid for recovery following storms Desmond and Frank in December 2015. Campaigns such as the ‘Shop Eat Drink Local’ campaign run by Bandon Christmas Lights ensured that Bandon businesses that had been brought to their knees were supported back to full health with the help of the community. 

Sunday’s main stage will be home to Choice Music Award winners, Delorentos, a Dublin-based Irish alternative rock band. 

The band have released five critically acclaimed albums since 2007, with their latest single ‘Home Again’ taken from their fifth album Night Becomes Light.

Supporting Delorentos will be Jupe. Last year, Jupe released their single, Rocket, to much acclaim. Recorded with producer Billy Farrell (Ryan Sheridan, The Corrs, Brian Kennedy), radio coverage for the song across Ireland and the UK was extensive. NumberOne, the band’s follow-up single – and the first to be released in 2016 – looks set to replicate Rocket’s success.

 Bandon Music Festival Committee member Carol Crean explained that the Bandon Music Festival is a community-run not-for-profit festival that has grown organically into one of Ireland’s leading independent music events. ‘The fact that Bandon has been doing this for 20 years is a tribute to the commitment of the organisers, the festival’s supporters and partners and of course the loyal festival goers,’ she said.

In addition to the headline concerts, the Bandon Music Festival also features a free music trail with bands playing at participating pubs all across the weekend each night until 2am. 

This year the festival will also have music, street entertainment and amusements on Saturday at Riverview Shopping Centre, and on the main street in Bandon. Sunday on Oliver Plunkett Street will see Skibbereen singer Colin Deady and The Shruggs performing free, along with children’s activities and amusements.

 Tickets are on sale now from O’Farrell’s Newsagents in Bandon, at €15 per adult day pass, €20 per adult weekend pass, €15 per teenager weekend pass, €10 per teenager day pass, accompanied under 13s are free. 

Tickets will also be available from the Bandon Music Festival box office at the venue. Gates open each night at 6.30pm.

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