With festival season 2k16 well and truly underway, we’ll be continuing our series of festival previews focussing on Castlepalooza this week. Palooza takes place this weekend, July 1-3 in Charleville Castle, Tullamore.
You snooze, you Palooz.
Set on the ground of the 17th century Charleville Castle, as music festivals go, you couldn’t find a more imposing setting. Castle – check. Turrets – check. Ireland’s oldest oak woods – check. Indoor toilets – check. Hell, the place even has a frickin moat!!
Now in it’s tenth year, Castlepalooza has gone from strength to strength. From it’s humble beginnings in 2006, with 1,000 people gathered to watch headline acts the Blizzards and Republic of Loose the 2008 fesitval increased capacity to 2,000 people and was nominated for ‘Best European Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards. Castlepalooza was nominated for ‘Best Small Festival’ at the European Music Festival Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011. It was also a finalist in the Event Industry Award 2011 under ‘Best Live Music or Entertainment Event’ & ‘Best Green Event’ categories respectively thanks to the festivals committment to the restoration and preservation of its historic surrounds (a percentage of each ticket is donated to the Charleville Castle Restoration Project) (kudos)
Over the years, line ups have included steallar Irish and International talent with acts like Fight Like Apes, David Kitt, O Emperor, Daithi, James Vincent McMorrow, Jape, Scroobius Pip, Little Green Cars and Le Galaxie taking to the Castle stage to woo crowds with their eclectic styles. This year is no different with Caribou, Jurassic 5, Oh Boland, Daithi, Colm Mac an Iomaire, Alle Farben and Villagers all featuring.
The only drawback is that you are NOT allowed to bring alcohol onsite. You can, however, buy alcohol inside using a token system. It’s a nuisance but it’s in keeping with the medieval castle vibe so we’ll let them off the hook.
Here’s the playlist from our Happy Hour Castlepalooza Special. Enjoy! (Palooza tunes in Pink)
The Beatles Come Together.
The Beach Boys I Get Around.
Zombies Sound of the Season.
The Kinks You Really Got me Going.
Glass Animals Life Itself.
Chet Faker Gold.
Two Door Cinema Club Someday.
Mr Big To Be With You
Temper Trap Love Lost.
Billy and the Cloneasaurus A Girl called Hayze.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Scar Tissue.
Hello Goodbye Here in Your Arms.
Cat Power – Sea of Love.
All the Luck in the World – Never.
Caribou – Odessa.
Daithi ft Sinead White – Love on Top.
Villagers Becoming a Jackel.
No Monsters Club – I’ve Retired.
Tiger and Woods – Gin Nations.
Son Lux – Easy.
Villagers – My Lighthouse.