Big names headline Bandon Music Festival

Posted on: 6th May, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The Bandon Music Festival is back this June bank holiday for its 18th year. Taking place in the West Cork town from Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1, 2014, the Bandon Music Festival has grown organically into one of Ireland’s leading independent music events by attracting big name artists year after year. And 2014 is no exception!

On Saturday, May 31, Mundy brings his uniquely upbeat brand of folk-based pop-rock to the main stage. With huge hits like July, Mexico and Galway Girl, alongside new material, Mundy and band promise a great evening’s entertainment! He’ll be joined by the endearing simplicity of Dublin brothers Hudson Taylor. This up and coming duo’s debut EP ‘Battles’ shot straight to No.1 on iTunes and with critics and fans alike hotly tipping them for greatness, you can see them live at Bandon Music Festival!

On Sunda, June 1, it’s synthesisers at the ready, as Bandon goes electro with Le Galaxie. Ireland’s foremost electronic band promise to lift the mood and get you dancing like no other band can! This four-piece Dublin band have earned a five-star reputation for getting it right, time and again with recent ceiling-melting performances at the Electric Picnic and the Olympia. And they’ll be in great company as Kormac’s Big Band also takes to the main stage on Sunday! The multi-membered extension of the solo work of DJ Kormac, this band have been described by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac as “the most bizarre set-up I’ve ever seen – but it really works”. Kormac’s 11-piece live band will really rock the joint with turntables, a barbershop quartet (yes that’s right!), drums, double bass, trombone, clarinet, trumpet and banjo.

Bandon Music Festival PRO Dan O’Boyle said: “With such a great line-up of talented acts and a diverse range of musical styles on offer, the 18th Bandon Music Festival is the place to be this June Bank Holiday for a fun-filled weekend of music and craic in West Cork!”

Tickets are on sale now from priced just €12 adult day pass/€20 adult weekend pass, €8 teenager day pass/€12 teenager weekend pass and accompanied Under 14’s are free. Tickets are also available from O’Farrell’s newsagents Bandon and from the festival box office on the night. Gates open at 6.30pm.

For full festival information visit

The Bandon Music Festival also includes a free festival music trail with live bands playing in participating pubs throughout the town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with full bar extensions, so you can party the night away in style! With a local farmers’ market and plenty of tourist attractions in the area, the Bandon Music Festival in West Cork has something for all the family.

Established in 1997, the Bandon Music Festival is a community-run not-for-profit festival that has grown organically into one of Ireland’s leading independent music events. Bandon Music Festival has earned its reputation by attracting big name performers including: Ryan Sheridan, Delorentos, The Undertones, Mundy, Mick Flannery, Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, Aslan, The Saw Doctors, Sharon Shannon, Republic of Loose, Fight Like Apes and many more.

The festival’s mix of live outdoor concerts and free pub music trail means there is something for everyone over the June bank holiday weekend in beautiful Bandon, West Cork.

Hear huge hits at this year’s festival including: ‘July’ and ‘Galway Girl’ – Mundy; ‘Battles’ – Hudson Taylor; ‘Love System – featuring Elaine Mai’ and ‘The Nightcaller’ – Le Galaxie; ‘Kormac’s Big Band’.

Follow on Twitter: @BandonMusicFest

Find on Facebook:

Latest News Articles:

Sam Maguire School Tour launched
Fundraising drive to get Kinsale students to World Robotics Championships to Kentucky
Answer the Call to save lives on March 23
Clonakilty students return from trip of a lifetime to rural Malawi
Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates 15 years
€44 million to improve Cork roads
Clonakilty Access Group AGM hears of many frustrations and challenges for people with disabilities in the town
Schull student scoops top invention award at BT Young Scientist
Schull Garda Station wins ‘Leading Light in Road Safety’ award from Road Safety Authority
Go quackers at the 2018 West Cork Bird Race

Join us on Facebook

Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.
... See MoreSee Less

20th March, 2018  ·  


This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
... See MoreSee Less

8th March, 2018  ·  

Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
... See MoreSee Less

20th February, 2018  ·  

Did you know..... ... See MoreSee Less

Main course

17th February, 2018  ·  

Jump to: