Irish ‘micro-festivals – what’s not to Love?

Another Love Story gave up long ago on a full 2021 festival, and last month announced the first six acts for next year, along with early bird tickets. In the meantime, they’re grasping at the Government’s limited gig reopening guidelines with a weekend of ‘micro-festivals’ in the stunning grounds of Killyon Manor in Co Meath.

They’re calling it a “gentle return to the Manor” — three separate one-day festivals from 1pm to 9pm. It’s another event funded by the Government’s Live Performance Support Scheme, so guidelines apply — a small crowd in pods of two, four to six people, keep your distance and be sound. 

It’s taking place over two stage — Moon River for live with acts including Phil Christie, Sansbut, Sudden Wells; Royal Yellow; Aoife Nessa Frances; John Francis Flynn;  Maijja Sofia; The Bonk; JAPE; Niamh Regan; I Have A Tribe; Somadrone  and Gareth Quinn Redmond.

The Further Afield stage features DJs curating a “disco picnic through the day, including Donal Dineen’s Backstory & Special Guest David Kitt; ALS Shift Shack Soundsystem & Special Guest Kenny Hanlon, and Sunday Times & Special Guest Cian O CIobhain. There’s no camping obviously, but catch a return bus from Dublin for only €15.

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