Now in it’s 8th year The Happy Valley Festival has firmly established itself as a welcoming and intriguing place to catch the best of rising Irish & international acts, whilst also enjoying many of the creative workshops, exhibitions, family entertainment and places of heritage that help to bring this scenic country town alive over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
A stones-throw from Kilkenny City and nestling conveniently on the banks of the river Nore on the main Dublin-Waterford thoroughfare, Thomastown had long been recognised as the hidden creative hotspot of the south-east, thanks in part to it being home to the Grennan Mill Craft School also hosting their end of year show on the same weekend. Over the past 8 years artists from Snow Patrol to Lisa Hannigan, The Republic of Loose to The Hothouse Flowers have attracted crowds to the many beautiful beergadens of the town, but it is the up and coming acts from our shores and further afield who are taking this music and arts festival to another level.
Sat 1st in The Bridgebrook Beergarden we are delighted to welcome Our Krypton Son , Appo, The Chapters, The Thomas Donoghue Band, Nicole Maguire, Lofires, Daydream Regime, The Hot Sprockets, Nathan Conway & The River Valley Band, Shane Tobler & I Draw Slow.
Murphys Beergarden on Sun 2nd kicks off with Brunch with Boozey, followed by Tarantalla Fall, Window Seats, Seven Summits The Freakles , Permagrin, Deetrich, Heritage Centre, Rachel Austin, Oddsocks Revival, Solar Taxi, Master & Dog, Neon Wolf , Ghost Estates & Miracle Bell. Tickets, priced at a phenomenal €15 per day are available from the host venues & Rollercoaster Records from Fri 19th April.
A special ‘early bird weekend ticket’ will be available´@ €25 until Fri 10th May. Details of camping facilities will be available on our website shortly.
We also have a host of other free gigs & events from Fri to Mon with acts such as Knoxville Morning, Old Hannah, Stephen Buck, RNA , Dwyer & Fitzpatrick & more.
For those music & art lovers who want the festival benefits minus the muddy fields, long walks & queues Happy Valley Festival is the one for you! For all info on the music lineups and all other events surrounding the june bank hoiliday weekend please check our ‘Events’ pages in the coming weeks… To book a stall at our popular craft & farmers market June 1st please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Here are some of the acts to look forward to for Happy Valley 2013. To be in with a chance to win free tickets for the weekends music events please visit us on facebook……All info including day-by-day lineups will be available here shortly….
This year The Happy Valley Festival is joining forces with ‘Sessions House Art Centre’, Thomastown to raise funds for the initial stages of the transformation of the old sessions house court house on Logan St. ‘Sessions House Art Centre’ will provide an all inclusive, neutral space in the heart of Thomastown catering for every age group of our community & practitioners of all creative disciplines. Having recently acquired the old court house the aim is to save this building of heritage, which is currently in state of disrepair, and convert it into a thriving multi-disciplinary art centre. Funds generated from The Happy Valley raffle, market, BBQs & other events taking place over the weekend will be contributed to the Sessions House Art Centre fundraising initiative. Having a facility such as an arts centre in our town will benefit many businesses & community groups whilst also providing jobs & opportunities for the region. The Happy Valley Festival attracts substantial crowds to Thomastown every June Bank Holiday weekend, and with the inclusion of more family-orientated events this year we hope to increase numbers further. We would welcome any help or suggestions that people may be in a position to offer.
The Raffle: Are you a community group that needs to raise funds for your own group? If so we would be happy to provide you with raffle tickets to be sold on behalf of The Sessions House Art Centre fundraising initiative but with your group keeping 50% of the funds raised. We will provide the required amount of raffle tickets. All we ask is that you commit to selling the requested amount of tickets and your group contributes one raffle prize of your choice (anything at all will do!) Raffle continued: Maybe you have a business where you can sell tickets or you are in a position to donate a prize? All ticket locations and a list of prizes & contributors will feature on the Happy Valley Website. Market: Would you like to take a stall at the market? Contact email@example.com for more info/bookings.
Run an Event: Would you like to run workshops, sports events, discussions, open-days, a special offer in your shop/restaurant, children’s entertainment? If so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea before April 9th so we can include in our brochure & other publicity.
BBQ: All funds raised from the bbq at the music events will contribute to Sessions House Art Centre fund. Are you/or do you know a butcher or other food supplier who may be in a position to donate some required stock, or if not donate, give a reduced price?
BBQ continued: Would you like to volunteer to take a shift cooking at the music events? Sat 1st June in The Bridgebrook Sun 2nd Murphys ?
Camping: Can you provide a small field for camping? (All necessities regarding campsite users paying, receiving wristbands, insurance etc will be taken care of by us) Or can you offer some of your time to guard the campsite for a few hours over the weekend?
Anything else? We are open to all suggestions…….