Festival Guide 2023

August 15, 2023
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Once again Féile Na Gréine is upon us and we can’t wait for you to see what's in store. We've made a handy list for anyone who might not be familiar with the festival or Limerick City. Limerick is a compact, easily walkable city and all participating venues are typically within five or ten minutes (or less) walk from one another. So get planning and we’ll see you there.

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How to Get to Limerick

Limerick is an easily walkable city, with most venues being less than a five-minute walk from one another. If traveling to Limerick we would recommend that you choose an environmentally conscious mode of travel such as bus or train. Trains and buses arrive into the centre of the city, only a few minutes walk from our venues. 

 

By Bus 

Bus Éireann provides frequent services to and from all Ireland's major cities. For further information and to buy your tickets please visit Bus Éireann. 

 

By Train

Limerick is easily accessible via rail links, with frequent services from Dublin, Cork and Galway. For further information and to buy your tickets please visit Irish Rail.

 

Accessibility

We believe that all of our events should be inclusive to all who want to attend. We would be happy to provide reasonable accommodations to any festival goer, so please reach out to us and we will happily provide assistance.

Many of these venues are in historic buildings and, as such, some may have limited accessibility and require the use of stairs. If you would like any further information on this please reach out to us on our email feilenagreinelk@gmail.com

 

Safety

If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it seems, speak to any of our team members, they will be wearing high-visibility vests. We will work with you so it doesn't have to ruin your experience.

 

Inclusivity

Many of the participating venues will have gender-inclusive toilets, keep an eye out for signage. Choose and use the loo that feels right to you.

We ask that everyone respect the privacy and choice of others. Gender discrimination has no place here.

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Friday

 

BYOL with Baptist Goth
Online / 12:00pm

Working mostly within process based improvisation, Baptist Goth’s performances link their research into sacred vocal music and extended vocal technique. Combining their voice with the electro-acoustic method, they explore various genres from noise and drone to metal, trap and folk.

Bring Your Own Lunch is a series of lunchtime gigs where we invite Irish musicians to perform in front of a hungry audience. Organised with local music promoter Jack Brolly (Lower Your Expectations, Féile na Gréine), and recorded by Piquant.
 

Festival Launch with  Dreamcycles
Ormston House / 06:30pm-08:00pm

The festival will kick-off with a new specially commissioned work by Dreamcycles – ‘You can’t step into the same river twice’. A sonic journey through a site-specific sound bath installation, featuring new vocally propelled ambient works. 

 

Ana Palindrome / FONDA / Autumns / Lesko
Pharmacia / 08:00pm-02:00am

Ana Palindrome - Cork-based trio led by violinist Niamh Dalton dealing in drones, repetition, mutating textures, amorphous structures and exploratory deviations. We’re so excited for their Limerick debut.

Autumns - An outlet for electronic post-punk, fused with elements of dub and sound experimentation. An obsession with freak sounds leads to a high-intensity live show, using minimal equipment for maximum results.

Fonda -  Fonda is the songwriting vehicle of Liam O’Connor, who will be joined on stage by members of His Father’s Voice, Cruiser, That Snaake, and Danny Carrol, a supergroup of sorts. Expect heartfelt and all too relatable lyrics, soaring melodies and fuzzy guitars from the garage rockers. Expect really nice shirts as well.

Lesko - Angular riddims from one of the country’s most interesting DJs

 

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Saturday

 

Cinder Well / Jane Deasy / mankyy x Hazey Haze
Mother Mac’s / 12:00pm-02:00pm

Cinder Well - Gorgeous ebbing, flowing folk from Californian-born, Clare-based singer-songwriter Amelia Baker. A clairvoyant start to the day, accompanied by renowned traditional musician Ultan O’Brien.

Jane Deasy - Sonic excavations from the Dublin-based composer and sound designer. Her latest release explores intricate harmonies and structures, resulting in beguiling work.

mankyy x Hazey Haze - A highly anticipated collaboration between two of the biggest legends to come through hip-hop & experimental music scenes. 

 

‘Find a Line and Follow It’ Workshop with Mineral Stunting
Ormston House / 01:00pm-02:00pm

During this 1hr workshop, prolific gulch ambient producer Eamon Ivri (aka Mineral Stunting) will demonstrate the creation of a new song from start to finish. Along the way, they will explore the murky, noisy world of gulch, various techniques, ideas of DIY creativity, and how to get work over the line. The song will be made in Ableton, though these techniques and ideas reach beyond any specific software. Expect resample mangling, field recording manipulation, and the use of songwriting to tie disparate elements together.

 

Laurence Kapinga / Robbie Stickland / Search Results / Belvedere Torso / Mineral Stunting / Laurie Shaw
Catherine Street Party (Commercial Bar) / 01:00pm - 07:00pm

Laurence Kapinga - aka Stranglelove & ½ of Dundalk based band Negro Impacto, Laurence’ solo work is a blend of electronic and house elements. 

Robbie Stickland - Lo-fi, acid-soaked indie rock from Dublin darling Robbie Stickland. Some of you might point at him and say “I saw him last year with Banríon” and you’d be so right. This time he’ll have his own merry band of bandits with him.

Search Results - The Dublin based 3 piece’s sound is a thrilling amalgamation of punchy math rock, garage punk, and catchy hooks, loaded with impressive songwriting chops.

Belvedere Torso - Riotous, noisy and unhinged collaboration between dedicated messers Arthur Pawsey (Arthur Itis, Crying Loser) and Jason McNamara (Acid Granny, Onion Boys and many more).

Mineral Stunting - ‘Gulch’ artist Eamon Ivri will tickle our brains with a set of rocky, murky, forward-thinking and geologically inspired ambient to Catherine St. following their Ormston House workshop at 1pm.

Laurie Shaw - The prolific Laurie Shaw has no shortage of recorded material, with around 100 albums under his belt. Expect an engaging set ranging from psych rock blazers to indie earworms from the Wirral Wizard & his band.

 

Coolgirl / Sloucho / Brawni
Crew Brewing Co  / 06:00pm - 09:00pm

Coolgirl - coolgirl_4_life. Damn right. Expect haunted synthwave, chopped up vocals, and oodles of fun from Coolgirl’s set. 

Sloucho - You are going to dance so hard. Seriously. Wall to wall bangers. 

Brawni - Local man Brawni has been performing on his knees in a variety of wild & foreign locations for so long. Come see him power through a DJ set where he remains steadily on his feet.

 

Arborist / Katie Kim / Surge / Julia Louise Knifefist / R. Kitt
Pharmacia  / 08:30pm - 02:00am

Arborist - Mark McCambirdge’s songwriting is striking. It gets to the core of being. He delicately balances folk and americana, drawing you in and keeping you there, buoyed by his profound storytelling. 

Katie Kim - An intimate duo performance from the legendary Katie Kim. Joined by Percolator & ØXN’s Ellie Myler on the night. This set will be loud and captivating. Don’t miss it.

Surge - Feminist/Queer hardcore punk from Dublin. See you in the pit.

Julia Louise Knifefist - Julia takes to the stage with a chaos fuelled industrial rave inspired set full of raw energy and explosive vocals. It’s gonna get sweaty.

R Kitt - A firm Féile favourite, future Taoiseach R Kitt has a special kind of empathy with the dancefloor. A dancefloor that just keeps growing throughout the night and moving as one.

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Sunday

 

Out of Place screening + filmmaker Q&A hosted by Michelle Doyle
Belltable  / 12:45pm - 02:00pm

Cinema screening of Award-nominated documentary OUT OF PLACE, a film by Féile na Gréine. A meditation on the role music plays in building community, exploring the tensions that emerge when musicians struggle to carve out a space for themselves in their city. Featuring performances from Denise Chaila, God Knows, Hey Rusty, His Father’s Voice, MuRli, and Post Punk Podge & the Technohippies, OUT OF PLACE is an intimate portrayal of a local music scene, capturing the incredible diversity of cultural activity happening in Limerick City.

 

Méabh McKenna / Róis / Sweets / Senior Infants
Nicholas Street Takeover (Treaty City Brewery)  / 02:00pm - 06:00pm

Méabh McKenna - A solo harpist/singer who conjures a haunting and transportative mix of Irish traditional music, drones and experimental techniques.

Róis - Róis Ní Chonghaile and her band invigorates Irish traditional styles with ambitious contemporary composition and electronics, topped off with Róis’s dazzling vocals.

SWEETS - A barrage of 00’s inspired riffs & off-kilter time signatures. SWEETS are guaranteed to blow away the Sunday scaries. 

Senior Infants - A group that are rarely seen outside of the company helicopter. You’ll be lucky if they show up at all.

 

Moving Home / Robocobra Quartet / Naive Ted
Catherine Street Party (Commercial Bar)  / 06:45pm - 09:30pm

Moving Home - Endearing 90’s inspired emo from young Limerick upstarts. Get in early for big singalongs.

Robocobra Quartet - Belfast jazz/punk agitators veering between meticulous arrangements, improvisatory flourishes and playful lyrical explorations of modern living 

Naive Ted - Following the recent news of his imminent retirement, the inimitable Ted will be delivering his unique brand of masterful scratching/looping over flowing techno beats that will be sure to get the dance floor/street pumping.

 

Eimear Reidy and Natalia Beylis / The Piper's Grip with Eimear Walshe
Double R Sessions (Record Room) / 07:00pm - 09:00pm

Eimear Reidy & Natalia Beylis - An arboreal music collaboration with an impressively expansive sound. Two Féile alumni who we are exhilarated to see perform as a duo.

The Piper’s Grip with Eimear Walshe - A raunchy narrative performance about uilleann pipes, with accompanying music by DJackulate and traditional accordionist Seamus Hyland. NSFW

 

Secret Headliner & Special Guests: Stratford Rise
Pharmacia / 10:00pm - 02:00am

Stratford Rise blister through the sonic fabric with their debut single “Water Running Through Faucet”. It would be easy to list acts such as Gilla Band and other such noise merchants as influences, but they are so much more than that. 

As for the secret headliner, well, you’ll just have to find out…

Mooncup - Following the secret headliner, we will be ringing out the festival with a DJ set by Mooncup.

 

A collage of images of people wearing festival merchandise, including a t-shirt with the words Féile Na Gréine, a black tote bag with an illustrated ice-cream cone, a black hat with an embroidered ice-cream cone, and a keychain with the words Féile Na Gréine and an illustrated ice-cream cone
Festival merch will be available throughout the weekend

Food

It is going to be a busy weekend so make sure you take time to eat some of the delicious food that Limerick has to offer

Wickham Way Market - Lunch
Great spot with lots of stalls with tacos, curries and veggie-friendly options

Canteen - Lunch
A fantastic cafe in the heart of the city, and a partner of this festival. Canteen has a killer brunch menu on Saturdays and they serve great coffee too!

Chicken Hut - Fried Chicken
A Limerick staple, it would be criminal to omit Chicken Hut from this list. Don’t forget to try their gravy

Madam Mok - Chinese
Best 3 in 1 in town 

Taikichi - Japanese
Great sushi, great ramen, great spot

Quick Pick (now called 24/7 Shop)
Limerick’s only 24-hour deli. Try the hash brown roll

 

Other things to do

Milseán Queer Market
Saturday in Wickham Way. A range of vendors for queer folk and allies. Follow them on Instagram for more information @milsean_Limerick

Limerick City Gallery of Art
One of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries. Make sure to check out their latest exhibition Night Paintings with works by the artist Paddy Critchley

Terry Wogan Statue
It is technically a statue 

Three Bridges Walk
A popular scenic walk along the River Shannon

People’s Park
Great spot to chill

Milk Market
Long-standing market with food, vintage shops and power tools 

Curiosity Shop
Maybe haunted?