Before the Repeal the 8th brigade get up in arms I should point out that this article is less to do with rights of the unborn child and more to do with an oft-overlooked weekend dance extravaganza in Mullingar.
May 27th-29th, Belvedere House & Gardens, Co. Westmeath
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Belvedere House and Gardens, Life Festival XI is back with a bang for it’s 11th installment and bang it shall with the absolutely stellar line-up promised. Marc Kinchen, better known by the moniker MK and 2014 Mixmag Best Breakthrough DJ Hannah Wants are the latest names to be added to the bill which already includes some serious electronic heavyweights:
Paul Kalkbrenner ✖ 2ManyDjs ✖ Jamie Jones ✖ Laurent Garnier ✖ Jeff Mills✖ Hot Since 82 ✖ Cyril Hahn ✖ Patrick Topping ✖ Blawan ✖ Joy Orbison ✖ Ejeca ✖ Ben Klock ✖ Heidi Wants ✖ Huxley ✖ Bicep ✖ Sunil Sharpe ✖ Krystal Klear ✖
After dabbling with some hip hop acts last year (rapper Nas performed his album ‘Illmatic’) thankfully, Life is back to basics for this year’s festival with their best line up yet.
Life veteran Ben Klock is set to return after an unmissable 6 hour set at the Beach Stage last year. If it hadn’t been for the wind chill factor, you would have been forgiven for thinking you were in Ibiza watching the sunset from outside Cafe Mambo.
Life Festival, 2014. Hammocks at the Beach Stage.
Paul Kalkbrenner, the German genius, makes his early anticipated Life Festival debut on the back of a huge set at last year’s Electric Picnic. Jamie Jones, he of Hot Creations fame and 2012 Resident Advisor #1 DJ will be bringing his pioneering sound to the stage along with powerhouse producer and DJ Laurent Garnier, the founding father of electronic music, the dynamic duo 2ManyDjs and Jeff Mills, the Detroit born techno producer and founder of Underground Resistance; all fantastic additions to the weekend.
Those with an eye on the domestic music scene will be delighted to see names like Mano Le Tough, fresh from the Coachella stage and producer du jour Sunil Sharpe. Promoters Welcome, Toast Dublin, Connection, SMALL TALK, the Building Society and Room 19 have also been invited to contribute their unique sounds to the weekend and Galway is well represented by Meabh O’Connor and Jamie Behan.
With just over a month to kick off, tickets seem to be selling fast. When you look at the inflated prices that Electric Picnic tickets are changing hands for, its easy to see why smaller boutique festivals are really becoming popular, and Life is no exception. With plenty to cater for all tastes from the chilled out Beach Stage to the madness of the psytrance, Life always attracts a great crowd to what is undoubtedly one of the prettiest settings for a music festival. It’s compact and easy to navigate and if we get the sun like the fabled weekend in 2013 it could be one of the best shouts of the summer.
A tier 4 weekend camping pass will set you back €149 + BF.
Life Festival, Belvedere House, 2015.