Sea Church in Ballycotton is one of the main hosts of the inaugural FAT Fest.

New festival for East Cork

A 5 day celebration of Irish folk and alternative trad music is coming to East Cork.

FAT Fest which stands for Folk, Alternative, and Trad Music Festival is a new festival which will see acts such as Ron Sexsmith, Stockton's Wing, The High Kings and the Dublin City Ramblers perform at Sea Church and other locations around the seaside village of Ballycotton.

Performers at the festival will comprise a mix of established and up-and-coming artists, all with a passion for traditional Irish music and a desire to push the boundaries of the genre.

Audiences can expect everything from lively jigs and reels to more contemporary styles of music.

The village will play host to talks and workshops with plenty of opportunities to meet performers.

Speaking about the launch of the new festival, General Manager of Sea Church John Kidney said: “As the main hosting venue for the Ballycotton FAT Fest, we are thrilled at the prospect of so many fantastic acts coming to perform here over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

“Folk and alternative trad have grown massively in popularity in recent years, and we’re expecting audiences of all ages to want to visit Ballycotton for the few days of the festival.”

He added: “The Ballycotton FAT Fest promises to be a really unique experience and a chance to see some of the best Irish music around.”

The festival will run from 27 April-1 May. For more, visit