Jim Carroll

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No Life in Westmeath

One of this year’s more interesting fests was the Life weekender in Gort, Co Galway in June. The organisers decided they wanted to end the season with a bang and put together the After Life one-day bash featuring Coldcut, Tayo, …

Wed, Sep 12, 2007, 09:21

   

One of this year’s more interesting fests was the Life weekender in Gort, Co Galway in June. The organisers decided they wanted to end the season with a bang and put together the After Life one-day bash featuring Coldcut, Tayo, Zion Train, Rocker’s Hi-Fi’s Biggabush and such homegrown luminaries as Hystereo, Phil Kieran, Ikeaboy, Ciaran Byrne, Keith “Psychonavigation” Downey and reps from the Electric City, Neutronyx, Acii Disco, Teknowarfare and Breakology club nights.

The plan was to hold After Life at the Turbotstown Walled Garden in Coole, Co Westmeath next Saturday, but objections were seemingly raised when the license application was heard in the local District Court and, despite what the organisers refered to as “previous festival organisational experience and a solid health & safety plan”, the application was turned down. As a result, After Life will now take place in Dublin’s Tivoli and McGruder’s next Saturday with a somewhat altered line-up.

It’s certainly the only fest I can think of which got a rum deal from the gardai and the courts in 2007 and it makes you wonder if this sets a precedent which may impact on events scheduled for next summer in Co Westmeath such as Midlands, Garden Party and the proposed arrival of Latitude. After all, the authorities surely can’t have different rules for different promoters, can they? Any locals (or Co Westmeath court reporters) care to elaborate on what really happened here?

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