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Two new Cork festivals for 2018

Thursday, 7th December, 2017 9:58am

Art and music lovers in Cork are set for an exciting 2018, with two new festivals announced for next year.

Cork Sound Fair, a crowd funded non-profit arts and music event, will aim to give local and international artists a platform to showcase experimental sound through installations and live performances. The first event in the series will take place on 23-24 March in the settings of St Peter's on North Main Street and Cork City Gaol.

Cork-based artists African Fiction, Static and Robert Curgenven will be joined by Derry native Autumns for the opening night of live performances in St Peter’s. Attendees will also be greeted by a new sound installation unveiled by Isochronal, a collaboration by artists Kevin Callaghan and Thomas Penc, who recently exhibited work in the National Sculpture Factory on Culture Night.

Cork City Gaol will host sounds from Dublin and London in the shape of Davy Kehoe, Dream Cycles, Soft Stone and a closing set and Irish debut from Beatrice Dillon. Award winning designer Dearbhla O’Beirne and visual artist Clíona Ní Laoi will also transform the Gaol using projections and coded installations.

Meanwhile, Trabolgan will be the location for It Takes a Village, a new three day festival aiming to capture the hearts of those who enjoy the idea of being hidden away on the edge of the Atlantic with a roof over their heads. The festival will take place on 13-15 April.

The festival, run by Cork group The Good Room, will offer 150 self-catering houses and apartments plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, contained in Trabolgan Holiday Village in East Cork. There is no camping, and booking includes accommodation and unlimited access to a variety of entertainment. It’s a residents-only affair for the festival weekend, with a limited amount of day tickets on Sunday.

Already confirmed for the festival include a host of eclectic electric artists including Talos, Fujiya & Miyagi, Brian Deady, The Altered Hours and Le Boom, with many more still to be announced.

And if the music wasn’t enough, there will be activities on offer including a swimming pool and hot tub as well as Trabolgan’s leisure activities like go-karting, archery, five-a-side soccer, zip line, climbing walls and more. There will also be a selection of talks and walks around the area for the more history-minded folk.

Ticket prices for It Takes a Village range from €205-€255 (including booking fee) per person for Tier One booking options, and you must book a house, apartment, or camper van ticket for the weekend. It’s a collective ticket, with 2-9 sleeper options available. Tickets go on sale today Thursday 7 December at 4pm from

For details on the full Cork Sound Fair programme, visit their Facebook page.

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