The inaugural Night & Day Festival was officially launched at Clonalis House, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon on Monday afternoon.
Festival organisers, Cruachan Productions, told local stakeholders how the grounds of the historic home will be transformed into a musical oasis on the 24th and 25th of September.
The festival will take place during the autumn equinox, a time of equal periods of night and day, across three tented stages. Festival-goers will be treated to a packed schedule of music, comedy and political debate.
Monday’s launch was attended by local TDs Claire Kerrane and Denis Naughten, MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Joe Murphy, and local councillors Paschal Fitzmaurice, Liam Callaghan and Anthony Waldron.
Also in attendance were Jarlath Henry, Financial Controller of Harmac Medical, who are sponsoring a stage at the event, and Rhona McGrath, Arts Officer at Roscommon County Council.
Ballymore Properties are the main sponsor of the festival, which is also being supported by Ireland West (Knock) Airport.
“We’re really thankful for the support we’ve received so far from our sponsors and the O’Conor-Nash family, for putting their trust in us, because without them this wouldn’t be possible,” he said.
Head of Communications Mr. Hughes said: “It’s exciting to launch a music festival, even more so to do it in a part of the country where we grew up and that has been underserved and underutilised in terms of live music for too long.
“Our aim is to bring some of the biggest acts in the country to Night & Day, but we’ll also be giving emerging artists from the region a platform to showcase their talents,” he said.
Clonalis House, the home of Richard and Carol-Anne O’Conor Nash, will host the festival.
Mrs. O’Conor-Nash said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Night & Day Festival to Clonalis. We believe Clonalis, with its 700 acres of woodland and pasture and surrounded by nature, is the perfect setting for a festival and perfect setting to celebrate the autumn equinox.
“We’re delighted to welcome people to Roscommon and showcase Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, and bring people to an unspoilt part of the country.
“It will give people a further opportunity to discover the soft bogs and roving lakes, and appreciate what’s on our doorstep,” she said.
The exciting Night & Day Festival line-up is set to be unveiled this Thursday evening and will be available on nightandday.ie, with tickets on sale from March 11th.