After weeks of build-up, we finally got to see the great Indie’go Music festival come to fruition, but unfortunately we were sadly disappointed in the end. Not to do with bad organisation, or poor acts, but attendance! I know it has been a long while since it was cancelled, but I was doing some research, and finding out peoples thought on the festival, making sure I wasn’t blinded.
In mine and others opinion it was a great festival. Unlike the main stream commercial festivals, you didn’t go to Indie’go to drink to have fun, you went there to have fun and a drink, maybe on the side. The venue was a small intimate garden to the back of the house in Fenagh, no intimidation on the size, if anything it created a very friendly atmosphere.
Surrounding the back of the field was a couple of lovely interesting little stalls offering food, wares, and oddities, ranging from coffees to woollen jumpers. The real focal point when it came for food was the “Eco-bus”(check them out by clicking here )- A red double Decker bus, decorated very bohemian with the kitchen in the lower section of the bus and the upper deck with wooden tables and comfy couches but the main point about the bus, it was powered by renewable energies! The fuel was the used vegetable oil from the kitchen, and all other power was brought from windmills and solar power collected as the bus sat there serving.
Coming to the music, the sound and main stage were amazing! The Main act I think that comes up for commendation is local band “CLEERE”, who had a great set that was unfortunately cut short due to the schedules running very late. One of the oddities though was an English band call “Smerins Anti-Social Club” which rocked the festival so much I am pretty sure that got everyone in the field up and dancing. The way the band dressed and sang reminded me of a 1920’s speak easy blues band, although the sound was fresh and new. It was basically a brass band, I did thoroughly enjoy their set.
On the second stage, were the slightly less interesting bands, but was taken over by a DJ, after hours, which was a good idea, but the DJ’s, in my own opinion, weren’t the best, doing tricks that made the CD sound damaged, on purpose, and did not sound right where they were( I know I’m not as read up on dance music as I should be and that sound is right in some cases but in these cases definitely not!). The idea of the DJ’s were great, but the DJ’s themselves weren’t.
In conclusion, Indie’go was a great festival, and we hope that we see it again next year, unlikely as it might be. It is my personal belief (not that of Monte Carlow), that with a bit more publicity and the right ideas of ticket prices and such, maybe getting in earlier to schools and colleges, and going to national papers etc., and not just facebook, we could possibly have a fantastic festival for Carlow!