Now this is how you put on a proper music festival.
All Together Now will take place at Curraghmore House in Co. Waterford over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and if the quality line-up which includes the likes of Underworld, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes and Chaka Khan wasn't enough to tempt you then this latest news should be enough to push you over the line.
Arcadia is the brainchild of scrap metal sculptor Pip Rush Jansen and engineer Bert Cole. The two met in Ireland 10 years ago and, whilst here, hatched a plan to create a bespoke installation to challenge festival convention.
Thus, the amazing art collective Arcadia was born...
And now, a decade on, Arcadia Afterburner, an immersive 360 degree installation that has rocked crowds from Burning Man to the Dalmatian coast and from New Zealand to Glastonbury is coming to Ireland...
Pip spoke about how he was blown away upon seeing the spectacular Curraghmore House venue...
‘I was totally blown away. I’ve seen extreme festival sites from the Black Rock Desert to glamorous harbour-sides in Miami to skyscraper strewn city centres around the world and this may just top the lot!
The scale is unreal, from the campsite at the top of the hill, you can see lush woodland and rolling hills for miles around, all leading to the mountains with no neighbours anywhere in sight. We even found an ancient Celtic stone circle where people had clearly been drawn by the magical landscape to celebrate the rhythms of life there since time immemorial. And the building itself has such a mystical beauty - what an incredible place for a festival.’
The main focus of the performance will be a flaming spire that houses the DJ booth and shoots fireballs above the crowd as light radiates outwards to a ring of flaming trees.
Raised platforms spiral into the crowd creating multi level dynamics and allowing the crowd to dance on the structure itself, "balancing intense intimacy with a powerful sense of monumentality."
We doubt anyone will need much convincing to head to the Déise County this August after reading all that. All Together Now takes place on August 3, 4 and 5 and limited tickets are still available. More information can be found here.