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This Hidden Gem Festival Should Definitely Be On Your Summer Radar

By mariemadden

June 26, 2017 at 7:03pm

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Where can you find musicians playing in a cave, a 12ft gramaphone, balloon installations and the story of Icelandic sheep?

The answer is the Clonmel Junction festival - one of the most creative, quirky and progressive music and arts festival in the country.

If you've never heard of it before, you're not alone - as Clonmel Junction has been flying under the radar while attracting some of the most interesting artistic ensembles down to Tipperary each summer.

Taking place this year from 3 to 9 July, the line-up includes everything from live music and theatre to street performance and food events.

This year's theme is the Black Sheep, encouraging festival-goers to take a trip outside their comfort zone and try something different.

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Here's what you can expect...

Theatre

The award-winning Swan Lake/Lock na hEala by Teac Damsa is an adaptation of the famous ballet by Michael Keegan-Dolan.

Expect "magical realism, powerful imagery and potent storytelling, rooted in a place where ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland meet", with an experimental score by Dublin-based band Slow Moving Clouds.

Music

This year's line-up includes This Is The Kit, Crash Ensemble and Sam Amidon, Talos and Aine Cahill. However, the most exciting is The Cave, a series of gig in Mitchelstown Cave featuring acts including Jesca Hoop, Loah and Marc O'Reilly.

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Family

Compagnia TPO from Italy bring family show Kindur – The Adventurous Life Of Icelandic Sheep, which tells the story of the sheep through three dancers who involve the audience and encourage them to become part of the flock.

Visual Arts

Katie Hanlan, visual art organisation Lay Of The Land, graffiti artist James Early and contemporary music group Crash Ensemble. Over the course of the week, the artists will create work that responds to the theme and the landscape in Clonmel. 

Fancy making the trip? You can find the full programme here.

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