Indiependence: the lowdown

Basement Jaxx and Kodaline joined the headline acts for the Indiependence Music and Arts festival taking place from July 31 to August 2nd in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.

They bolster an Indiependence line-up that sees widely recognised bands of Ash, Dandy Warhols, Mark Lanegan and great live Irish acts like Jape and HamsandwicH headlining.

Jaxx come here after playing the last week’s Trinity Ball, but only after they go as far as Korea and Finland first, and Kodaline visit Cork after a long American tour plugging their latest album Coming Up For Air.

The Mitchelstown event has seen some big acts play it in the past including Public Enemy, 2manydjs and man of the moment, Hozier.

The other acts are nothing to be sniffed at either, including Embrace, coming here after wrapping up their summer’s U.S. tour, Foy Vance (Ed Sheeran’s U.S. tour support act), Bray three piece Wyvern Lingo, and Donegal duo Little Hours.

Previous Indie favourites are returning too, including ORB and All Tvvins.

On the arts side of things this year’s Spoken Word Stage will be favourable to everyone who follows punk poetry; Dublin’s Wasps Vs Humans is presenting, and Dundalk’s Jinx Lennon will be there too. Not to mention some acts from overseas such as Manchester author and poet, Mike Garry.

There will be debating, with Irish Times music journalist, Tony Clayton Lea as part of the monthly Culture Vultures series.

Cork’s local talent will be showcased too as with previous years, with bands like Elastic Sleep, The Vincent(s), and Mindriot lined up to play, with more to be announced.

You can glamp in the event’s boutique ‘Podpad Camping’ facility, which is at a 10% discount until the end of April, and in the beautiful setting at the foothills of the Galtee Mountains, it’s something to make the most of.

Early bird tickets sold out fast for the annual Mitchelstown event, but it’s not too late to buy tickets this year; weekend camping tickets for INDIE15 are now on sale for €109 and are available from the festival website and

Ryan McBride

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