Down by the water
This year's Clonakilty Waterfront Festival looks set to be the gig of the summer with a great line up announced for this August Bank Holiday weekend. Taking place from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August, the festival will see an enticing array of entertainment, music and markets with both local and international artists gracing the festival tent that is guaranteed to cater for all ages and genres.
The famous Full Moon Party takes place on the Sunday night with Taboo, from worldwide sensations, The Black Eyed Peas headlining the night, which is a major coup for the festival. Other highlights over the weekend include performances by British act, Scouting For Girls, Galway trio The Kanyu Tree, Northern Ireland's The 4 of Us, as well as locals like The B-Positives and DJ Craig Scott plus many more along with the fabulous Flavours of West Cork and the Farmers Market.
The Kanyu Tree, one of the bands set to play the Waterfront Festival, have already released hit singles 'Radio' and 'Shelf Life' to much acclaim and are thrilled to be performing in Clonakilty for the festival.
"We're dead excited about playing the Waterfront Festival and Clonakilty is such a great town, a bit like our hometown of Salthill and it's great to be able to play in Cork. We recently played the Hotpress Jagermeister Sessions in the Crane Lane and we always have a good time and the crowds are always so appreciative," said guitarist, Daniel Cluskey.
"We're currently coming up with ideas for our second album so expect a few new tunes at the Waterfront."
Clonakilty's own funksters, The B-Positives are more than delighted to be playing at the festival again this year following their appearance last year.
"We opened the proceedings on bands night last year and it was a wicked experience and this year can only be better. As a local band, it's great to be included and we relish the opportunity to get our names up on billboards beside the bigger names, it's not often you get the opportunity," said lead singer, Brian Scally.
The trio are most looking forward to sampling some new material on a bigger audience and will be just off the back of performances at the Sea Sessions, Midsummer Mango and the Clonakilty Random Acts of Kindness Festival.
"People are going to flock to Clonakilty from all directions and it's fantastic to get more outsiders exposed to our music. Clonakilty has always been incredibly supportive of the band and we're just happy to give our music back to them."
Clonakilty DJ, Craig Scott relished his chance at playing at last year's Full Moon Party and is delighted to be part of this year's festival.
"I was absolutely over the moon to be asked back for this year's festival and to know that I'm going to be up on the main stage is really exciting. To have DJ Jenny Greene back in Clonakilty is really great too as she has a massive following in Cork and she never fails to deliver," said Craig.
"Having one of the Black Eyed Peas coming to Clonakilty is unreal, what can I say but that Clonakilty will be even bigger on the map now. I'm always nervous before my set but forever excited but as soon as I get up on that stage, the nerves will go away. I'm working on my set at the moment but you can expect a rocking night."
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