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First Vantastival Acts Announced

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The family-friendly boutique festival eschews international acts this year with the budget going on the biggest and best live acts in the country. The Riptide Movement will headline The Volkswagen Main Stage on Saturday 3rd June.  Having blown the Irish music scene wide open in 2014 with their number one, gold-selling album Getting Through, a string of Top 10 singles and various sold-out headline tours, the four-piece's new single ‘Changeling’ from their Top 5 charting album Ghosts, is out now.

Following on from last year's scorcher of a weekend, the line-up also includes Choice Music Prize nominees Overhead, The Albatross, the exceptional Dublin folk four-piece Lankum (formerly Lynched), and the inimitable Kíla – due to release a new live album on St. Patrick’s Day.

The quality of the line-up doesn't end there though, with alternative legends The Pale joining the fray. Heavy rock fans will have planty to sate their appetites with New Secret Weapon , Vulpynes, and Mindriot on the card, while Musos’ Guide favourites Hvmmingbyrd and Mongrel State show the diversity of the bill.

Vantastival 2017 will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June at Beaulieu House & Gardens, Drogheda.  Other attractions will include The Volkswagen Campervan Cook-off, open mic sessions, art installations, storytelling, festival traders, a host of children’s activities and much more.  Vantastival has something for everyone, with or without a campervan! Weekend tickets are on sale now at €85 + booking fee for two nights camping. Day Tickets Cost €40.

Full first wave announcement:

The Riptide Movement, Kíla Overhead, The Albatross, Lankum (Lynched), The Pale, Corner Boy, New Secret Weapon, Cat Dowling, Orchid Collective,  Mindriot, Heroes In Hiding, Wob!, Wolff, Hvmmingbyrd, Mongrel State, Mark Geary, Vulpynes, Navá, 5th Element & Doublescreen, Elmore, Blaming Hannah, Dioscó Na Mbó, More Than Machines, Dahlia   Lōwli, Sub Motion, Vinci, Frankenstein Bolts, Graham Sweeney, Emma Lou & The Agenda, The Pox Men, Cranky Face, Sonnets & Sisters, Amoon, The Lost Gecko & Suso Youth Choir.


Nix Moon Headline Whelan's

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Monaghan’s Nix Moon play their first Dublin headline show in Whelan’s on Thursday February 2. The upstairs venue will be grooving in the midnight hour to one of the country's most entertaining live bands.

They have experienced the unique atmosphere of Whelan’s recently, having played the Ones To Watch Festival on Friday and wowed the crowd there.

We’ve seen them before at Vantastival and had a fantastic time interviewing them. Their debut EP Soul Traffic came out last year and featured in our end of year lists. You'll find it for your listening pleasure at the foot of this article.

Support is from Hatchlings and there’s a guestlist via their event page.

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