All Together Now 2018 Announces First Wave of Acts

The ‘first chapter’ of acts which will feature at the inaugural ‘All Together Now’ festival, to be held at Curraghmore Estate (Portlaw) from August 3rd to 5th, was announced on Monday. Acts including Chaka Khan, Jimmy Cliff, Roisin Murphy, Underworld and Mogwai and The New Power Generation will play across 10 different stages over the course of the new three-day event. A circular sent to email signatories issued on Friday last stated the following:

“To the west of the Comeragh Mountains and east of the River Suir sits a richly verdant vale of drama, beauty, history, scale and limitless possibilities for the imagination.
We found we explored, we were enchanted and we were inspired. A setting so fruitful, so beautiful, with boundless limitations and incredible history, this world of 3000 acres of Curraghmore Estate called for a festival to be created and curated on its richful plain. Lakes, trees, fields, fountains, forests, lawns, lanes, shell house, stone circles, crystals, courtyards, streams….bring a heightened and unforgettable state of emotion, awe, and inspiration. We set out on this journey to respect the landscape’s drama, embrace its beauty, honour the past but collaborate and create a new future on Ireland’s largest and most stunning private estate. It challenges and excites us.”
It continues: “This August Bank Holiday Weekend3/4/5… All Together Now will see its debut, its maiden voyage…a festival for like-minded people, music lovers, passionate performers, families, artists, musicians, creators, rebels, and refugees of a changing festival landscape…
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We will bring you a weekend of freedom and escapism through music, spoken word, comedy, theatre, debate, art and workshops. Beautiful feasts of food, bespoke cocktails, can be enjoyed within this dramatic and scenic landscape. There will be fun across 10 stages including an alfresco crystal ballroom, Spiegeltent and various different hidden quirky gems.The creative ideas encompassing this festival have been inspired by people, from Spraoi in Waterford, to Glastonbury, to as far as Lighting In The Bottle in California and Rainbow Serpent in Australia. A key part of our creative work is to create a festival for families and kids, to enjoy, be inspired by, to be safe at, and to feel cared for. In doing so we will create an area to fulfil this ethos called…. Kids Together.

This glorious setting is perfect for its proximity to some of Ireland’s largest cities – just 50 minutes from Cork and 90 minutes from Dublin – with plenty of transport links from all main hubs. This three-day camping festival will provide you with an incredible setting in which to set up your tent or unpack in our bespoke accommodation options, ready to dive right into the site. Those with families can make their three-day home in our Family Camping Area, an independent space to retreat to with your little ones.
Picture yourself in the sunny south east on the August Bank Holiday, wandering the woodlands and rolling lawns, enjoying an array of fantastic artists, strolling over King John’s Bridge, the oldest bridge in Ireland. Take shade under some of Ireland’s largest trees, relax on the tiered lawns or in the shadows of the original castle tower. Take a walk down tree-lined avenues to see what surprises await you. Watch the sunset create a glow of colour from the 1754 Shell House, bedecked with exotic shells from the farthest-flung corners of the earth.

Music, art, friendship and camaraderie are the tenets by which All Together Now will adhere. 12 miles of stone walls enclose the grounds, creating a magic space for this 10,000 capacity event. The very nature of the grounds will allow you to be right in the midst of the action, or to take time out to relish in the surroundings.
We are indebted to Lord and Lady Waterford for opening the grounds of the Curraghmore Estate to us all – the fabulous landscapes, the drama, the secret spots and hidden gems all lie in wait for you at All Together Now.
We will have plenty to reveal over the course of the next few days and months, so please keep an eye on our website and social channels for up to date announcements here.”

Early Bird tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 23rd and will be priced from €149.50. Campervan Passes go on sale Friday, 23 February priced at €60, also from ticketmaster.ie.

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