IRISH festival legends King Kong Company and recent Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, Lords of Strut, have been added to a growing line-up at this summer’s Townlands Carnival, taking place at Rusheen Farm Estate in Marcroom, Co Cork on July 21st – 23rd. They join some amazing live acts already announced for the festival, including Hermitage Green, Brushy 1 Sting and Jeru The Damaga.
After tearing down the tent at Glastonbury 2017 King Kong Company bring to Townlands Carnival some inimitable “21st century swagger” (Irish Times), whose “live shows are events, built from sweat soaked late-night electronic buzz and rumble” (Last Mixed Tape) and who were recently crowned the Best Irish Live Act 2016 (Pure M Awards).
Meanwhile, Cork’s favourite spandex-wearing duo are on a mission to change the world with dance. Lords of Strut make an exhilarating addition to a diverse and highly charged line-up in the Village Hall. Also on the bill, Cork Loves Music promises an impressive panel of speakers to talk music and the ever-changing industry.
Townlands Carnival are also excited to reveal that Stevie G and Andrea Williams Dancers are bound for this year’s Main Stage, promising an exciting live show played out to Hip Hop, Dancehall, Jazz and RnB beats. Set amongst the ancient trees of Rusheen farm in an old tin barn is Townlands Carnival’s best kept secret, The Sibin; showcasing an eclectic line-up of live music acts from the hauntingly beautiful to the stompingly danceable.
Hosted by Worries Outernational and featuring Cian Finn, Solo Banton, Wynton Kelly Stevenson and Flipside Selekta the Riddin Shack with its Jamaican Reggae Dub Dancehall style is sure to prove popular at TLC.
SubAtomic boasts some of the most innovative acts from the worlds of Grime, Baseline, Dubstep and Techno including OM Unit, Wriggle, Meadbh O Connor, Clu, Shreiken, Jamie Behan and Warren Knowles.
Goat Shed returns and this time the goats have company! From the depths of the underground, creatures from Ireland’s wilderness have joined us for one animal rave. Come join these raving beasts, stamp your hooves and shake your tails to the wild rhythms and banging tunes at the Goat Shed with sets from P-Hocto and Gary Fitz and takeovers from Humans of the Sesh. Release your inner creature and rave with the best and weirdest of them!
Grown ups and kids are invited to dance to the rhythm with Dead Cool Songs silent disco or embrace their inner Sherlock Holmes for the Digital Scavenger Hunt. Alternatively, film buffs and music lovers alike can relax and join CineCeoil for a programme of films that document Ireland, her landscapes and musicians. Ronan Leonard brings festival favourite Ringo: Music Bingo testing your music knowledge whilst tickling your funny bone.
Theatrical walkabouts roam the Townlands breathing new life into the meaning of Freakshow Carnival & Circus Cabaret. This is where YOU come in! Embracing the Carnival TLC invites festival goers to create costumes using recycled and upcycled materials to join in with this years theme of ‘Carnival Through the Ages’. Taking inspiration from different eras from Rio Carnival to Medieval and Trad Circus to Freakshow and if it’s not yet complete come to the Costume Blinging Station to add the finishing touches or join in on one of our workshops.The TLC tradition of parading through the festival on the Sunday evening is back by popular demand with prizes for best costume and fire eaters and performers to enthrall.
Big Bubbles Kids Area
Townlands Carnival has also created within its ancient walls a magical place full of adventure and wonder for little ones.
Within the Village Green Area at Townlands Carnival you will find the Big Bubbles Kids Area which hosts the Shiver-me-Timbers Family Area, a safe and exciting place for chilling out and family fun with a funky, Old World Pirate themed atmosphere.
Within you will discover the Buccaneer’s Beached Dragon Pirate Ship, the Giant Angry Birds Catapult Game, the Giant Wooden Castle as well as new “Star Gazer” hammock structure, where you can relax and float off in the midday sun, or gaze at the stars at night. There will also be a humongous hide-away Bell Tent, a chic and comfortable area kitted out with coco matting, massive multi coloured giant bean-bags and giant wooden toddler’s toys where you can relax and take it easy while escaping from the sun.
Big Bubbles Kids Area has created a dynamic schedule of events that features pirate face painting, an animal roadshow, Busy Beads workshop, Treasure Map, Didge N Beatbox workshop, drama with Scroope, Angry Birds and Pirates entertainers, storytelling in the bell tent culminating in a final day disco with DJ Al – Jive Mestizo.
Promising fun for all the family with areas for rest and relaxation Townlands Carnival have ensured a safe area for kids that also meets the needs of parents.
With a limited amount of Tier 3 tickets available (€125 + bf) Tier 4 tickets (€140 + bf) will become available on July 4. Be the envy of your friends by availing of a yurt from Silk Road Tents or flash the cash for an Airstream. Physical tickets can be purchased at any of the following locations: JC Murphy’s Bar (Macroom), Organico Cafe (Bantry), Toonbridge Cafe, Bunker Vinyl (Cork), Siopa Gan Aimn (Cork), Shire Bar (Killarney), Spin Dizzy Records (Dublin)
Rusheen Farm Estate
July 21st – 23rd