Up to 2,000 people will attend the first ever Night and Day Festival in Castlerea this weekend, in what has been hailed as a significant boost for the local economy. A team of up to 30 people are currently putting the final touches to the spectacular site – on the grounds of Clonalis House – where three tented stages have now been erected.
The two-day camping festival, which takes its inspiration from the autumn equinox – a time of equal periods of night and day – will feature music, comedy and political debate as part of a programme of family-friendly events.
The star-studded line-up will feature acts such as Villagers, John Grant, The Mary Wallopers, The Zutons, Cathy Davey, Junior Brother, and Soda Blonde, as well as comedy from Danny Ryan, Ashlee Bentley, Steve Bennet and Eman Idama. Five Cabinet ministers and a number of TDs are amongst the guests who will participate in political debates.
Speaking to the Roscommon People from the festival site on Wednesday, Craig Hughes of organisers Cruachan Productions said: “Now that we have hit the home stretch, excitement has set in. The crew have been here all week, and the preparations are going great!”
Mr. Hughes said the venue capacity is 2,000 and that well over 1,500 tickets had been sold as of earlier this week. Around “800 to 900” festival-goers will be staying on the site in campervans. He thanked the people of Castlerea for their great support over recent weeks.
Local councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice, a businessman in the town, told the Roscommon People: “It’s a fantastic new venture and I wish it every success. It’s very positive for the town. Naturally we hope there will be benefits for the local economy, and that many of the visitors will explore the town and county at some stage. I hope it’s a great success”.
The gates at Clonalis House open at 9 am on Saturday morning and the first act will be on stage at 2 pm. The programme of events continues through Saturday and Sunday.