New dance music festival coming to the midlands this summer

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly

boots & kats

Brand new music festival coming to Offaly this summer

Dance music is at the heart of a new festival organised for the midlands this summer.

Organisers Boots & Kats have announced details of their new music and arts festival, Yurt City, slated to take place at Charleville Castle, Tullamore in August.

Organisers say Yurt City brings together the best international DJs and producers to the venue, saying people could expect Mongolian yurts throughout the site, spectacular art installations, a stellar array of performers, chill out areas, a full range of food and beverage choices and optional camping, all within the stunning grounds of the castle.

Labelling Charleville Castle as 'People’s Castle' in their promotional material, organisers say it is one of the most unique festival venues in Ireland.

"The 17th century castle is hidden away in Ireland’s oldest primordial oak woods, acting as a spectacular backdrop. Guests of Yurt City are invited to set foot inside a medieval courtyard transformed into a party like no other," they said.

"Its beautiful location is made all that more attractive given that it is located right in the middle of Ireland - so easily accessible from all major cities. With a jam-packed line up of Ireland’s best producers and upcoming hip-hop artists, there will be something cooking up live and in the moment."

The new festival is curated by innovative duo Boots & Kats, who specialise in "making crowds move through eclectic sets that have distinctive disco and funk influences."

The duo has moved from strength to strength at an exponential rate, headlining stages at almost every festival on the Irish circuit as well as playing abroad at the likes of Parklife, Snowbombing, Boxed Off Festival and Hideout.

Other names on the bill are Kildare’s ADAMANT, an up-and-coming artist on the DIY electronic music scene, DJs Charlie Garrett and AJ Ferris, a group called Adult Store, Glaswegian electronic artist BIG MIZ, Belfast based DJ Bobby Analog, London based artist Dan Shake, DJ Boring, Karl Guest, Loods, Mark Laird, amongst others.

Tickets for Yurt City on August 17 go on sale on Friday, March 1 with a variety of packages, including camping, starting at €39.50. More details can be found on the Yurt City social media channels here.