Mitchelstown businesses fearful as Indiependence team yet to confirm 2016 site

Businesses and local representatives in Mitchelstown are fearful the Indiependence music festival may leave the Co Cork town.
Mitchelstown businesses fearful as Indiependence team yet to confirm 2016 site

Organisers of the event have yet to confirm the location of next year’s festival, which celebrated its 10th consecutive year in Mitchelstown this summer, amid rumours that Indiependence may move to another town.

However Shane Dunne, managing director of Indiependence, said the promoters are working towards keeping the event in the town, which has hosted it since its debut in 2006.

Mr Dunne would not be drawn on the cause of the speculation surrounding the festival’s future: “All I can say is that we are currently doing everything we can to try and keep the event in Mitchelstown. Mitchelstown is home for Indie. Many local businesses and the local council have been great in recent days in working with us to try and achieve this.”

The sell-out festival brought 8,000 music fans to a 52-acre site north of Mitchelstown over the August bank holiday weekend, and has provided an annual boost to the coffers of local businesses. With the site a short walk away from the centre of Mitchelstown, many campers avail of the town’s pubs, shops, cafes, and restaurants over the three days.

A group of Mitchelstown businesspeople met with councillors Kay Dawson and Kevin O’Keeffe on Thursday night to discuss the speculation surrounding the festival, and to devise a plan to lobby the organisers. Mr O’Keeffe said the meeting was prompted by speculation in local media that Indiependence may be held in a new location next year. The group lobbying to keep the festival in Mitchelstown is to meet again on Monday night.

“Aside from the spin-off for businesses, it is great for Mitchelstown tourism and puts the name out there on a national level,” said Mr O’Keeffe.

Indiependence began in 2006 as a free open-air event in Mitchelstown’s main square, before moving to a ticketed camping festival in 2009.

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