Feast for the senses as stars set for Kingdom’s food and music fest

An all-star, eclectic line-up is expected to draw 20,000 revellers to the Killarney Festival of Music and Food, on June 27-28.

American legend Burt Bacharach, whose career began in the late 1950s and who has had 73 Top 40 hits in the US, including ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’, will perform exclusively at the event, previously held in Westport, Co Mayo.

Also making its only Irish appearance will be the band, Texas, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

There, too, will be Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, The Proclaimers, The Undertones, Something Happens, Declan O’Rourke, Gemma Hayes and Mick Flannery.

The festival will also feature comedy and gourmet food and there will be seven stages, including a main stage, marquee stage, Irish and emerging artists’ stage, comedy tent, acoustic stage and trad music stage.

DJ Tony Fenton, who hosted the launch in L’Ecrivain, Dublin, said the festival would have something for everyone.

More than 60 Irish and international musicians and bands will perform, such as Wallis Bird, Mick Flannery, Mundy, Paddy Casey, The 4 Of Us, The Frank & Walters, Daithí, Gangs, Oh Boland, Steven Sharpe & The Broke Straight Boys, Tracey Bruen and Lloyd Yates.

Providing laughs in the comedy tent will be the likes of Deirdre O’Kane and Après Match with Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper and Gary Cooke.

A gourmet food village will be an extensive showcase of wine and food, featuring well established restaurants from around the country, local artisan food producers and culinary demonstrations by some celebrity and Michelin Star chefs, including Derry Clarke, from L’Ecrivain, who will show how to prepare Michelin star dishes at home.

Food vendors offering cuisine from around the world will be on site and a wine bar featuring wines of the world, a craft beer lounge and a cocktail lounge, with cocktail making masterclasses.

Kate O’Leary, president, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said that the festival would complement other events in the town and would kick off an action-packed 10 days, with three additional events to follow.

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