Scrobarnach Independent Music & Art Festival 2016 – Preview

12th – 14th August, Tudenham Park, Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland

Scrobarnach Festival 2016

Scrobarnach festival will be on its second year now, having entertained a capacity of 600 people in 2015, the second edition of the festival will cater for 600 to 800 people.  Scrobarnach literally translated from Gaelic to English means Scrub or as the Scrobarnach website says, Undergrowth, the festival being about celebrating some of the top electronic talent emerging from the Irish underground scene, from playing other festivals and club nights nationwide.  The event is a BYOB (Bring your own booze) event with a free flow to all the stages at the festival.

The brains behind the festival are Ian Hart, Tim Dowling and Jasper Mathews, Ian, a DJ and musician himself has a good grasp of the electronic scene and plays regularly around Galway city.  The lads have booked a bill of sounds ranging from roots reggae, bass music, electronica, punk and rock music, a feast of festival sounds.  There will also be eye catching installations and art on display at the festival.  Acts that will be gracing the five stages will range from Kormac who will be presenting a special AV show, Stray, RSCH14, Noid the Droid, Jon Hussey, Richard Entropy, Revelation Soundsystem,  Jamie Behan, World Bass Culture, Lionpaw, Stray, Bandia, Jaheire and Sionnagh among the many others appearing over the weekend.

cool tent
Night time at Scrobarnach 2015
night time shot
One of the stages in full flow 2015.
Forest lit tent. 2015

There will be five stages hosting events, the Doppler Lab handling bass music, jungle, DnB and techno, the Bush Bar catering for fans of electro swing, disco, ghetto and more.  Puzzle stage being the psytrance stage, but also with DnB and Neuro sounds, the main stage will host sounds ranging from disco, house, techno and electro music and finally the Irish Underground Sounds Collective which it seems will function like a Trenchtown or Riddim Shack (Townlands) hosting some of the best Irish reggae acts and alternative sounds floating around, Jaheire curating the big reggae takeover all day Saturday.  The stage will also host some alternative bands over the weekend too.

Also don’t forget to visit the Blue Mountain Cafe with the finest of Jamaican food on offer and some sizzling roots reggae sounds too.

There is not much more I can add to this, just get yourself along to the festival to check it out, I’m very much looking forward to it myself and hopefully the weather will stay nice for the weekend.  Look out for my review next weekend.



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