Hothouse Flowers are set to headline the fifth annual Vantastival festival at Bellurgan Park in Co. Louth over the May bank holiday weekend. Renowned for delivering massively energetic live sets, the seasoned rockers will appear on the festival’s Main Stage on Sunday 4th May. Vantastival retains its distinctly Irish focus this year with other acts confirmed to play including the inimitable Cork troubador John Spillane, Sligo instrumental guitarists Tucan, now touring with expanded line up of brass and strings, and the highly popular Dublin blues rockers The Hot Sprockets. Also on the bill this year is the American roots collective Birds of Chicago, whose first Irish date in 2014 will be Friday night at Vantastival. The Saturday headliner has yet to be announced and some surprise additions to the line up can also be expected in the coming weeks. Other notable acts on this year’s line up are as diverse as the rapidly rising Booka Brass Band, Tallaght four-piece and ones to watch GANGS, and just confirmed for The Certain Three tour 2014, The Altered Hours.
Vantastival takes place at the beautiful Bellurgan Park, just north of Dundalk, exactly halfway between Dublin and Belfast. The festival runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May. Tickets are now on sale at €95 for three nights camping, available from vantastival.com.
HOTHOUSE FLOWERS – JOHN SPILLANE – TUCAN
THE HOT SPROCKETS – ENGINE ALLEY – JINX LENNON – THE BARLEY MOB
DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS – BIRDS OF CHICAGO – DECKS N DRUMS (THE KILO 1977 & RSAG)
BOOKA BRASS BAND – KING KONG COMPANY – THE BONNEVILLES – THE ALTERED HOURS
GANGS – THE VIKING PROJECT – FOX JAW – MUTEFISH – THE VINCENT(S) – BUNOSCIONN
BIG SEPTEMBER – THE BIONIC RATS – COVE – LITTLE XS FOR EYES – PRAIRIE DAWGS
SLEEP THIEVES – KAPITALS – THE PEARL HARTS – GERIKO – SUPER TURBO NINJA CLUB
AIDAN & THE ITALIAN WEATHER LADIES – I’D FIGHT GANDHI – RACE THE FLUX – ANALOGUE WAVE – THE COLD DRAW – NEW SECRET WEAPON – CULT CALLED MAN – MIKEY & THE SCALLYWAGS
OLD HANNAH – GERARD-I2 – DEANY DARKO – FOXGLOVE – ANIMAL BEATS – THOSE CREEPS
SULLIVAN & GOLD – FIRE & REIGN – THE GAKK – REVEREND JM’S PANIC WORSHIP
THE CRACKED – TWISTED SISTER – BERN – THE SCENES – STEPHEN YOUNG & THE UNION
SAL VITRO – RED DANCERS COMETH – DAVID KEENAN – EVIL PRESIDENTES (LIVE BAND)
FRANKO FRANKO – KEV SHERIDAN – RED QUEEN CONTEST – MY PILOT – ICARUS RISING
SINEAD WHITE – GIGABYTE – THE CITY APPLES – RUFUS COATES & THE BLACKENED TREES
THE CRAVINGZ – WORDS THAT BURN – LAURA ANN BRADY – BEACHED WHALES
THE INISHOWEN GOSPEL CHOIR
See www.vantastival.com for more details.