Line Up 2016
VODAFONE LAUGHTER LAB
Big news for our comedy stage The Vodafone Laughter Lab. One of Ireland’s greatest, wildest, boundary-pushing comedic talents Tommy Tiernan will headline on Saturday night and arch TV satirists Apres Match will headline on Sunday night. They will joined by a brilliant line-up including PJ Gallagher, Al Porter, Karl Spain, Fred Cooke, Alison Spittle, Edwin Sammon, Joanne McNally, Andrea Farrell, Davey Reilly, Chris Kent, Colm O’Regan, Gearoid Farrelly, Eleanor Tiernan and more to be announced.
DINGLE GIN COURTYARD STAGE
Sponsored by Dingle Gin this year, the Courtyard Stage has been a vital element of Castlepalooza for many years, programming cutting edge electronic and club music and with a very strong emphasis on the current wave of incredible Irish producers. This year the line-up features Maxmillion Dunbar, Jon K, Hashman Deejay, Slackk, Maurice Alexander, SIAS, Frankie Grimes, Toby Kaar (DJ set), Lumigraph, Morgan Buckley, Barry Redsetta, Pat Hyland, Sim Simma, Bentley & Born,T/A/S/T/E, Rory Bowens (NTS), Melly, Sally Cinnamon, Jamul Sul (Watermelon), Hennessy/Higgins/BOT, Sonel Ali (All City), Minos (live), Daire Carolan (All City), Glacial Sound and Shrieken.
Two more new additions to this year’s Castlepalooza are Banter and Culture Vultures. Curated and hosted by Jim Carroll Banter is a series of public talks, interviews and discussions which have been running at various venues and festivals in Ireland since 2009. Banter has covered a multitude of topics and themes in this time, from technology, media, disco and literature to food, feminism, Bruce Springsteen, farming and much more. Past guests have included folks like John Grant, Neneh Cherry, Colm Tóibín, Nile Rodgers, Jon Ronson, Willie Thorne and many, many more. The Castlepalooza line-up will be announced closer to the event. http://thisisbanter.com
Culture Vultures is a salon-type ‘words & music’ event, curated and presented by Irish Times music critic Tony Clayton-Lea. The ‘words’ part is a public interview, and there is also some form of spoken word/comedy and music in the mix. Full line-up to be announced closer to the event.
Castlepalooza wouldn’t be Castlepalooza without the multitude of visual artists who contribute to each year’s festival aesthetic. This year expect something special from painter-drawer-maker-thinker Tag Beckett. Louise Gardiner will return to CP to showcase her flair for recreating and reconstructing everyday objects into works of art. And the Heimat Crew will be working clingfilm magic all over the site.
Photographer Ruth Medjber & pop culture journalist Louise Bruton bring their Women of Notes / Mnб na Notaн exhibition to Castlepalooza this year. The project is a new photography and narrative series celebrating some of Ireland’s most prominent and successful female musicians.
The Scene Of The Rhyme is a two hour spoken word performance, showcasing some of the country’s best acts in poetry, spoken word and theatre. This year we bring you Lady Grew (provocative hip hop cabaret-RTE, Edinburgh), Temper-Mental MissElayneous (Legendary Dublin based spoken word artist-RTE,C4), David Jackson (one of Ireland's deepest soul searchers of the spoken word) and the Scene Of The Rhyme collective (a riot of hilarious, political, ludicrous, horrifying and just plain wrong spoken word and poetry).
As always, Castlepalooza will feature a number of workshops programmed over the weekend designed to give you a lift and make you feel good just when festival fatigue starts to kick in. So keep an eye out for our dance, yoga, burlesque and numerous craft workshops.