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Would a festival like this work in Ireland?

I’ve been tracking the progress of the Underage Festival all summer long. In a nutshell, it’s an one-day event featuring the likes of Mystery Jets, Crystal Castles, Foals, Cajun Dance Party, Erol Alkan, I Was A Cub Scout, Tiny Dancers …

Thu, Aug 9, 2007, 09:35

   

I’ve been tracking the progress of the Underage Festival all summer long. In a nutshell, it’s an one-day event featuring the likes of Mystery Jets, Crystal Castles, Foals, Cajun Dance Party, Erol Alkan, I Was A Cub Scout, Tiny Dancers of Today and loads more in Victoria Park in London and it happens tomorrow. Tickets are just £20.

The twist? Over-18s are not allowed it. No amount of cash, attitude or do-you-know-who-I-am? will get you past the gates if you’re over 18. Parents keen to keep an eye on their offspring will be allowed into a creche on site.

The promoter, Sam Killcoyne, is 15 years of age and he runs the monthly Underage Club. The reason why he started up both club and festival is very simple: he was turned away from a club for being underage so he decided to start his own joint. “It was kind of a hit back for that – kind of ‘fuck you I’m going to start my own club”, he told The Guardian.

Of course, there are adults involved. Killcoyne’s dad is Barry Smith, who was in electro-indie band Add N to (X) back in the day. “Dad helps out with the managers, because managers can be dickheads”, Killcoyne said in a piece earier this year in The Observer. “I do all the creative stuff like flyers and choosing the bands.”

Killcoyne intends to stop running both club and festival when he hits 18 and leave it to someone else to do.

So would a festival like Underage work over here? Are there kids out there who’re capable of pulling off something on this scale? Or are they content to keep using fake ID to get into Oxegen?