Wild Youth clap back at claims they were 'too intoxicated to perform' at Cork festival

By Fiona Frawley

August 11, 2023 at 4:39pm


"Just because something is tweeted does not mean it’s always true".

Wild Youth have responded to claims that they were too intoxicated to perform at Ballygar Carnival in Cork, after a scheduled performance over the weekend went awry.

Both Wild Youth and the festival committee have responded online after a tweet from an attendee claimed the band were an hour late for the gig and drunk while performing.

A statement from the festival committee outlines that while the band did arrive late, organisers had no reason to believe any of the members were drunk on stage.

The statement reads:


"Wild Youth arrived into Ballygar very late after an evening gig in Cork. Wild Youth were booked to play a performance of a minimum of 90 minutes, however they took the stage at 1:18am and finished at 2:08am. The committee were very disappointed that the stage time and set length were not adhered to by the band as per their pre-agreed contract.

.....Following on from countless media articles, we would also like to confirm that no member of the committee had reason to believe that members of Wild Youth were too intoxicated to perform, and for the duration that Wild Youth were on stage, the committee were satisfied with their performance".

The committee added that they have since "reached a settlement" with Wild Youth regarding the matter, and that the band offered to play a free gig in Ballygar as a gesture of goodwill but that this would not be "logistically possible".

Sharing the statement on their Twitter, Wild Youth added:


"It’s always very important to remember that just because something is tweeted does not mean it’s always true. It’s not right that what’s put on twitter is becoming gospel nowadays...

The press will report on a tweet without fact checking or proof reading anything. Anyway, Thank you to the ballygar community for clearing up the untrue accusations against us".

In a separate tweet, the band apologised to those who had bought a ticket to the gig and felt let down, writing: "Things ran over throughout the day and we are deeply sorry".

Wild Youth are fresh off a tour of the UK and are in the process of writing new music - you can keep up with them via Instagram.

Header image via Instagram/Wild Youth 



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