THIS August sees the return and rebirth of the Liss Ard Festival – an intimate camping festival with great music, inspiring literary works and a delicious healthy food fair.

Liss Ard was a boutique festival long before any of today’s similarly styled festivals were conceived of.

Held in the grounds of a beautiful sprawling estate outside Skibbereen from 1997 to 1999 it attracted big acts such as Pulp, Will Oldham, Tindersticks, Nick Cave, Lou Reed and Patti Smith along with hundreds of discerning punters.

Just announced to the line up for Sunday night is Joan as Policewoman who will be dropping by Skibbereen as part of a European tour.

Joan as Policewoman has been championed by as well as played and recorded with artists including Lou Reed, Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright and Antony and the Johnsons.

She joins 70s disco and funk legends Chic, Jamaican reggae greats Toots & The Maytals, local hero Mick Flannery playing one of only three shows in Ireland this summer, Lisa Hannigan and The Blue Nile front man Paul Buchanan.

The massively influential American songwriter Bob Mould and his band will perform Sugar’s classic Copper Blue album as well as some Husker Du classics.

The Macrae Sisters are an old-time string band based out of Portland, Oregon who combine a deep love of traditional music with top-notch musicianship.

Veteran UK progressive folk singer and guitarist Roy Harper will also perform as will Interference, West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Tieranniesaur, Rhob Cunningham with many many more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival also features a literary stage which will include Mimic written and performed by Ray Scannell, Jinx Lennox, Matthew Gedden, Chill Pill, Paul Howard and Fight Night from Rise Productions.


Weekend Camping Tickets €89.50 / Weekend No Camping Tickets: €70.50

Day Tickets €39.50 available from Ticketmaster 0818 719300 & usual outlets nationwide.