Face of festivals

THERE are plenty of festivals to kkep every weekend occupied between now and autum and one of the closer ones coming up is Facefest, which is taking place in the grounds of Charleville Castle near Tullamore on Saturday June 16. Facefest is a fundraising family friendly festival with activities around the castle grounds and music being performed live all day from 12pm until midnight. There is also free camping.

THERE are plenty of festivals to kkep every weekend occupied between now and autum and one of the closer ones coming up is Facefest, which is taking place in the grounds of Charleville Castle near Tullamore on Saturday June 16. Facefest is a fundraising family friendly festival with activities around the castle grounds and music being performed live all day from 12pm until midnight. There is also free camping.

There are a number of well known up and coming acts performing on the day. The Aftermath are a band based around two brothers, Johnny and Michael Cronin who live in the midlands of Ireland. They have been quite successful in Ireland with 3 top 20 singles and a top 20 album with debut Friendlier up Here.

Sircles are a four piece alternative rock band from Mullingar. They have recently completed recording their debut EP ‘Rules of Engagement’ which will be released early 2012. Sircles have just released their new single “Wanting, Waiting” to huge critical acclaim.

Crow Black Chicken have built up a loyal following along the way since their formation in 2009 playing as a Blues band. The band has since developed their own original style. Playing nearly 100 gigs in 2011 as well as playing a whopping seven times at Glastonbury last year, the band are touring to promote their upcoming album. They have been tipped as a band to watch out for in 2012 and for those who have been lucky to see them already, they know what to expect from the powerhouse trio.

Other acts on the day include Oddity, Futurism, Fat Baby Panda, Bennett Vs Matrix, Dem Fools, Strays, Orion, Casey Leigh, Hazel Jade, Soulectro Collective at The Courtyard Stage, Derek Campbell, Havana House Party and Celtic Blondes. As well as this there will be performances from The Beauty of Youth Zone, Ashley Tubridy, Gemma Garry, Tiny Tots, Synergy and Light Workshop, Flash Mob Discos, and Snow white little performance

The Comments Corner will be populated by guests from Ireland’s burgeoning poetry and spoken word scene and the MC will be Colm Keegan. But, like the soapbox of old or a status update that you can’t help respond to, the corner is there for people to get involved.

If you’re holding on to a rant about the state of the nation, dying to blab about how much you hate your boss (in a funny - child friendly way!) or secretly packing an ode to your wife, husband, kids, dog or smart phone, Comments Corner is the place to share.

Charleville Castle is situated in Ireland’s most ancient primordial oak woods, once the haunting grounds of Ireland’s druids. All monies raised at Facefest will be used to restore the old Chapel to the west of the castle and put a roof on it to keep it from being lost forever.

Charleville Castle hosts other events throughout the year such as Castlepalooza, Teen Aware and Shakefest but this is there first total fundraising event being organised by the castle itself.

Entry is €15 and kids (which must be accompanied by an adult) go free. €10 of the entry fee is membership of Charleville Castle heritage trust and therefore, all visitors become ‘Castle Friends’. Contact allyofcastle@gmail.com or ianocastle@gmail.com for more information on the Facefest festival and its line up.