5 top tips for Townlands Carnival

With mere hours to go, things are reaching fever pitch down in Macroom ahead of this years’ Townlands Carnival. The festival, which is a heady mix of music, arts and good old fashioned carnival antics returns to its’ spiritual home in Rusheen Farm this weekend for 3 fun-filled days. This year’s theme is Carnival Through the Ages, think costumes, think circus freaks, think funky reggae reggae vibes and you’re on the right track. Read on for my 5 top Townlands tips.

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  1. Fancy dress

Like any good circus, Townlands Carnival is all about the audience participation. The theme of this year’s festival is Carnival Through the Ages so it’s finally time to ditch the Disney onesie and break out that sequinned jacket and top hat that would make Marion Fossett blush. Or, if you’re fresh out of ideas the good folks of  TLC team are running ‘Get Your Freak On’ costume creation sessions on Saturday and Sunday 2-5 to create new, funky costumes or jazz up existing headpieces, masks and other bits and bobs you’ve gathered along the way. Judges will be prowling the festival on the look out for the most daring, brazen and colourful costumes and a King and Queen will be announced at Sunday’s Parade. Could it be you?

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Some non-winning costumes from 2016

      2. The Parade

This leads me nicely onto my second tip.. The Parade. Each year as the festival draws to a close, a spectacular parade of freaks and fools winds its way around the festival site, before the dramatic creschendo; an awesome fireshow with pyrotecniccs, acrobats and other carnival folk. If this video doesn’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, check yourself for a pulse.

3. The Sibin Stage

Make absolutely sure and certain to spend some time in the Sibin Stage. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s like a fairy vomited glitter and pink all over one small corner of the festival and it’s absolutely glorious!! Plus, there are some serious acts to be found lurking there over the course of the weekend. Cula Bula and HvmmingByrd on Friday, Neon Atlas on Saturday and Cork City Samba on Sunday to namedrop but a few.

Sibin Stage, TLC 2016

      4. Shake your ass at the SubAtomic Tent

Looking for some serious beats to wiggle your bum and fist pump till you can’t fist pump no more to? Look no further. Last year this little stage was a pressure cooker with relentless techno booming out of the speakers for hours on end. Expect more of the same this weekend with Meadbh O’Connor, Sweet Tooth, Jamie Behan, Sully, OM Unit and Dan Sykes all doing shifts on the decks. Protip, it also has a roof so if the weather is being uncooperative you can always retreat to the techno bunker.

5. Do something different

Make this year the year you finally go to morning yoga, or a Ted-style talk, or a dance workshop, or any workshop for that matter! This year, the  Village Green is pulling out all the stops with Master Crafts men and women offering Blacksmithing , Basketry, Leatherwork, Felting, Wood and Stone Carving, Candle Making, Spinning, Green Wood Working, Jewellery and Ceramics across the festival. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they’ll also have live music, healthy food and drink options and a series of discussions on important subjects  like making Townlands a more sustainable festival, for a community-led future that works.

Still not sure what to expect? You can find a round up of last year’s shenanigans here. And, if you’re having trouble packing, there’s a handy guide on what to pack for an Irish festival here.

Have a great weekend lads!

xoxo Malley

 

Happy Hour: Townlands Carnival Special.

Back for a second installment after its debut last summer, Townlands Carnival graces the fields of Macroom, Co Cork this weekend bringing its uniqe mix of music, madness, majik and mayhem. Buckle up, bitches.

Last year saw the coming together of organisers Sam Beshoff, Greg Woods, and Feidhlim Bryan who conspired to bring a world class festival to their locality. This festival marked the culmination of over 35 years of combined experience working at some of the biggest festivals in Europe; Electric Picnic, Live at the Marquee and a host of other English festivals.

This year will see 4,000 revellers flock to Leades House for what promises to be an immense weekend. Building on last year three stages, this year’s event will have seven stages, and several themed areas encompassing everything from a sibin chill out zone to a mental health awarness area (kudos on that one lads).

I spoke to PR Manger Dawn Kelly during the week about what to expect from this years festival and her enthusiasm was infectious. She praised the hard work and vision of the dedicated build team who have spent the last number of weeks working hard onsite to bring their vision to life. She was also kind enough to send on a sneak preview of the site and boy, was she telling the truth. The place looks uh-mazing, somewhere between a Polly Pocket village and the Wild West and no doubt will have plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. Check it out for yourselves below..

On the musical front, Dawn said the bookers were keen to cater for a wide range of tastes something clearly reflected in the eclectic line-up featuring everyone from rap duo Blackalicious to crooner Jerry Fish to the reggae reggae vibes of Sim Simma and the funky Electric Swing Circus. Irish talent is also being showcased with Jerry Fish and Daithi headlining the weekend, as well as a host of local acts like  The Eskies, Efa O’Neill, Jamie Behan, Meadhb O’Connor and Saint Sister.

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*special thanks to Dawn Kelly for the pictures

The good news is that Tier 4 Weekend tickets for Townlands are still available online and Sunday day tickets are also available for €50, both from

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So, here’s a playlist of all the music we played during Wednesday’s Show (Townlands Carnival are in purple) Happy Listening!!

Hozier Someone New.

The Beatles While my Guitar gently Weeps.

Two Door Cinema Club Next Year.

Foals Mountain at my Gate.

Matt Simmons Catch and Release.

Christine and the Queens Tilted.

The Darkness Love is only a Feeling.

Madness Must be Love

Travis Flowers in the Window.

The Raconteurs Steady as She Goes.

Westlife When You’re Looking Like That.

Maroon 5 She Will be Loved.

Picture This Take my Hand.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers Scar Tissue.

Blackalicious Alphabet Aerobics.

Daithi With Dust (remix)

Saint Sister Madrid.

The Eskies Heave Away.

After the Ibis Step Inside.

Jerry Fish True Friends.

Damien Dempsey Apple of Her Eye

The Electric Swing Circus Bella Belle

Natty and the Rebelship Gaia

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