8,000 festival goers left the site and the gates of Deer Farm in Mitchelstown closed for another year as Indiependence Festival 2015 came to an end on Monday.
Indiependence has put down another successful year as the festival celebrated it’s 10th birthday. The festival began in 2005 and has built up a great reputation over the last ten years, attracting more people each year.
This year saw a whole host of acts from first timers Bry, to well known faces at Indiependence, Ham Sandwich. This year’s line up offered something for everyone with plenty of acts to chose from such as Daithí, Orla Gartland, the Original Rudeboys, Basement Jaxx and Kodaline.
The rain which fell heavily throughout the weekend certainly didn’t dampen spirits but instead added to the "great craic” of the vibrant, upbeat atmosphere of the Indiependence campsite and main concert area, according to one festival goer.
The many venues on site offered lots of different entertainment and allowed people to take cover from the rain and enjoy a range of music, comedy and arts while keeping dry.
The Original Rudeboys
Comedy is a relatively new attraction at Indiependence and has attracted crowds each year. This year saw a line up of comedians featuring acts such as Mike Garry from Manchester who is currently working on a project with Philip Glass. The spoken word with some of Ireland’s top slam poets was also a success in the Comedy Tent.
Festival goer, Ian Pyburn, 21, from Durrus in Co Cork, said, “Indie was a brilliant experience and I’m definitely planning on coming back next year. The selection of music is great and made it very enjoyable. Kodaline was by far my favourite act.”
Ian Pyburn, Sorcha O’Rourke, Tom Egan and Maria McGrath at Indie ’15
If the headline acts on the main stage were not enough, a silent disco in the Village tent, 80’s vs 90’s in the Beer Hall venue, DJ sets in the Kopparberg bar or a long list of DJ’s including KC in the Garden were on offer until 2.30 am each night.
Back at the campsite the party didn’t have to end with sing songs and chat lasting through the night for some. “A friend of mine had a guitar back at the campsite. I must have heard ‘my lovely horse’ from Fr Ted a hundred times this weekend because it was the only thing he could play,” said Mr Pyburn.
Indiependence festival organiser, Shane Dunne, described the crowd as a "very well behaved crowd."
"There was no incidents or issues. It was a great weekend bar the weather," he said.
Festival goers are not restricted to the campsite area, however, with many making the short walk into Mitchelstown for a bite to eat or a pint in one of the local pubs.
Local Councillor, Kevin O’Keeffe, said, “Indiependence is a great benefit to Mitchelstown. I have to say well done to the organisers on such a well organised festival. It’s location is ideal because it’s outside the town while still being close enough to it.”
“There’s a great buzz of people on the streets during the day and pubs were packed from mid morning until about six when people made their way back to the festival grounds for the night,” he said.
Owner of Weavers pub in Mitchelstown, Justin Finn, who has worked at Indiependence as a crew member in the past, said, “We only opened ten weeks ago here in Mitchelstown so we definitely benefited from the festival this weekend. We had people in on Saturday and Sunday. Food was served for the day and we showed the matches which attracted a good crowd.”
“We even blew the main fuse twice so it was great fun,” he said.
Celebrations continued through to Monday in Weavers with UV5 and two local DJ’s providing the live music.
“Our compliments to the organisers of Indiependence who put together a great festival for all,” said Mr Finn.
Councillor Noel McCarthy, said, “Indiependence is a fantastic festival to have in our area, even here in Fermoy where I’m living. I have a business myself that does very well out of the festival.”
“Talking to the young people over the weekend, they really enjoyed themselves even though the weather was so bad.”
It gives a great lift and a buzz to the town each year,” he said.
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