Mitchelstown is returning to relative normallity following the influx of 8,000 music revellers for this year’s hugely successful Indiependence Music and Arts festival. The frequently inclement weather and occasional soaking did nothing to prevent enerything going off as planned and everybody having a fantastic time. It was fitting that the biggest Indiependence Festival to date was held on its 10th Birthday. Friday night’s acts included Jape, Basement Jaxx and Mindriot on the Main Stage, Saturday had impressive sets from Otherkin and Hamsandwich, while Sunday featured acts such as Kodaline, The Dandy Warhols and Slow Motion Heros. The festival site at Deer Farm held up relatively well over the three days considering the rain, though some festival-goers were prepared given the abundant sight of wellies by the Sunday.
Straw was wisely brought in by staff to prevent the ground turning to mud. Mitchelstown itself was buzzing in the days leading to Friday’s festival opening with the sight of individuals carrying rucksacks and beer all clearly looking forward to the event Music could be heard and banners seen coming from local businesses who were also clearly getting in to the concert mood. It’s estimated that the event is worth around €2m to the local economy over the three days.
Speaking tho The Avondhu organizer and co-founder of the Indiependence music festival, Shane Dunne, said the bands all loved it, Basement Jaxx and Kodaline in particular both commented on how great the crowd was”.
“Great weekend was had, no reports of any troble and everyone got home safely. We’re all a little tired and have a week or so of clean up to deal with. No plans for next year as of yet, we’ll sit down in a few weeks and see where we go from here. This year was incredibly difficult for a number of reasons so we need to take stock of everything and see where we go”.