Whipping Boy and The Frank and Walters are the latest acts to be added to the bill for Vantastival 2011. Dublin four-piece Whipping Boy came to prominence in the mid-1990s with their tales of everyday life and love, seen through the world-weary and cynical eyes of frontman Ferghal McKee, whose charismatic stage performances quickly grabbed the attention of the press. They released three albums, their debut ‘Heartworm’ being hailed by critics as a masterpiece. Whipping Boy split after the recording of their third album, reforming briefly in 2005 to play a series of Irish dates, and they will come together once again to headline the Main Stage at Vantastival on Sunday 1st May.
The Frank and Walters, one of the most recognisable alternative rock bands to come from Cork in the past two decades, have also been confirmed to join the impressive line up at Vantastival in Dunany Estate, County Louth, over the May bank holiday weekend. DJ Donal Dineen and Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu will headline the opening night of the festival and are due to perform a three hour set with a live visual display which promises to be terrific. Duke Special, Wallis Bird, The Cast of Cheers and Jamie Lawson are among the many other acts on the bill for the festival.
Vantastival is one of Ireland’s newest independent festivals and is also one of the most affordable. The BRING YOUR OWN BEER policy and €85 weekend camping tickets make it among the most recession-friendly events you are likely to encounter in Ireland this summer. The idea behind the festival is to celebrate campervan culture while also showcasing some of the finest up-and-coming acts on the thriving Irish music scene. The Riptide Movement, Windings, We Cut Corners, Sanzkrit, Bipolar Empire and Sweet Jane are just a handful of the 70+ acts due to perform over the three days of the event, while a range of activities focusing on the campervan lifestyle bring an alternative dimension to Vantastival, distinguishing it from the many other music festivals springing up around the country.
Vantastival is a family-friendly event and has a full range of children’s entertainment and a dedicated family camping area. Additional features include the Gramophone Disco, a cinema tent and an open mic stage, as well as a Campervan Cook-off, Scrapheap Challenge and a number of other quirky campervan activities. The festival runs from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May and tickets are €85 for three nights camping, with €40 day tickets available, €30 entry for 14-17 year olds and free entry for children under 14. See www.vantastival.com for more details.