Ballymote in Co. Sligo expects to attract 5,000 people to the Temple House estate from September 10-12 for its inaugural micro music and arts festival. And it has a good chance of doing just this with an impressive line up which includes The Wailers, The Undertones, New Young Pony Club, and a DJ set from New Order/Joy Division man Peter Hook.

This is just one example of Irish graffiti artist Maser's work

The organisers aim to do something different by giving its visitors the option to sleep in yurts, tepees and cottages which will be dotted around the festival grounds as well as the usual camping options for those on a budget. As well as an eclectic mix of music ranging from traditional, folk, and bluegrass to indie and electronic there will be poetry readings, art installations, a farmers’ market, vintage clothes, a jewellery fair and children’s activites amongst many other diverse and interesting activites.

There will also be a full medieval village which will feature full battle re-enactments, jousting, workshops, traditional crafts and a medieval kitchen.

The organisers hope to increase the capacity in the coming years and it really is great news to hear of a quality music and arts festival trying to do something different in the west of Ireland.

Tickets are on sale now at and are priced at €59 and includes booking fee and camping. For more info on this promising festival check out

Full Line up (so far) – The Wailers, The Undertones, Terry Hall (The Specials), Damien Dempsey, The Walls, New Young Pony Club, Peter Hook DJ Set (New Order/Joy Division), The Stunning, 202s, The Mighty Stef, NC Lawlor, Ronan O Snodaigh, Donal Dineen, Davide Swarup and John Conneely, Arveene & Misk (Live), Barry Redsetta, Clampdown DJs, Motion control, The Whiteliars and Ireland’s best-known graffiti artist Maser.

(just a note that this post drew heavily on a Siobhan Foody piece in The Western People; )

  1. peter says:

    This will be savage. Except Peter Hook who is nothing but an old coke head and a joke of a DJ.

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