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The return of Ravelóid

Plans for an outdoor Irish language music festival may have been scuppered, but Ravelóid is hitting the streets of the capital this weekend

Wed, Jun 8, 2016, 14:09


A few weeks ago, we wrote a piece about the Ravelóid festival which was due to be held at Ardgillan Castle in north county Dublin. While the festival had sold 1,600 tickets, other costs escalated and the organisers decided to knock the event on the head.

However, that’s not the end of the story and it’s actually great to see that those behind the event were not put off either by the experience or robust analysis of why things went awry. Ravelóid Sa Chathair takes place next weekend with events in Dublin’s Sugar Club (Leeson Street) and Club Chonradh na Gaeilge (Harcourt Street) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Acts playing include Mundy, members of Kila, The Bonnymen, Eve Belle, Enda Reilly, Seo Linn and, seeing as it wouldn’t be a festival without them, an as yet unannounced “Banna Speisialta”. Admission to all events is free and you can see full details on the poster below. All are welcome regardless of whether they have the cúpla focal or are fluent Gaelgeoirí.

Regarding a bigger event, the organisers are confident it will happen in the future. “We do still dream of an outdoor festival through Irish”, says promoter Aodhán Ó Deá, “and believe it can happen with the interest shown this year. This is something for those who believed in it and anyone who’s slightly interested in the idea. Hopefully we can start planning again for 2017 or 2018″. We wish them the best of luck with that