Buskers will have the chance to perform at the Ballycotton Lighthouse.Photo: Michael O’Sullivan/OSM PHOTO

Buskers required for East Cork fest

The folks behind of one of Cork’s most exciting music festivals are calling on buskers from far and near to get involved in this year’s event.

Hosted by Sea Church, the Ballycotton FAT Fest (Folk and Traditional) takes place this May bank holiday and once again promises a mind-blowing lineup of both Irish and international artists.

This is the festival’s second outing but it’s the first time they’ve invited buskers to come and get involved, offering them the chance to perform at a number of spots around the village, including the Ballycotton Lighthouse.

Interested buskers are invited to send a short video of one of their performances (no more than one minute) to john.kidney@flynncush.com by 19 April. It’s also preferable that interested acts have a number of original songs ready to perform over the weekend of the festival.

Of those selected to come and play at the festival, organisers will then choose one lucky act to perform at Sea Church on the Bank Holiday Monday, becoming part of the festival’s prestigious lineup.

One of the acts will also get the change to record at the nearby Clay Castle studios.

John Kidney, General Manager of Sea Church said: “We are thrilled to announce the return of the Ballycotton FAT Fest for another year of exceptional music and entertainment. The whole village will be immersed in the activities, and we’re delighted to offer the opportunity for chosen acts to busk around the village. There are so many great spots, including the stunning Ballycotton Lighthouse, which has amazing acoustics too.”

Headlining this year's festival is the incomparable Moya Brennan. The acclaimed Irish folk singer and founding member of Clannad, who has left an indelible mark on music history with her Grammy-winning talent and philanthropic endeavours, is sure to leave audiences spellbound.

FAT Fest kicks off on 2 May with acclaimed trad band Altan. Also on the lineup is renowned fiddle player Tara Breen, and the legendary John Spillane. Attendees can also enjoy six-piece contemporary instrumental ensemble Notify, featuring talented musicians such as Pádraig Rynne, Tara Breen, and Davie Ryan. Contemporary folk harpist, singer, and composer BRÍDÍN will also be gracing the stage, adding her unique blend of soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics to the lineup.

Tickets for the Ballycotton FAT Fest are available now, with more information on all upcoming events available at seachurch.ie.