A crowd of 8,000 braved four seasons of weather across three days at this year’s Indiependence Music and Arts festival.
Campers will this morning pack up and leave north Cork, having heard sets by headliners Kodaline, Basement Jaxx and Mark Lanegan over the weekend.
All went off as planned, with the exception of Northern Irish rockers Ash, whose Saturday night set was cut short due to frontman Tim Wheeler’s illness. Festival regulars Ham Sandwich were bumped up to play the main stage to cover for the Downpatrick band.
The festival site at Deer Farm, north of Mitchelstown, held up relatively well, given the conditions, though by yesterday wellies were needed to navigate the soft ground between the various stages.
The rain was limited to occasional showers up until last night, when torrential downfalls and persistent winds battered the festival site.
Additional staff worked through the day bringing in straw to prevent the ground turning to mud.
Last night, a festival spokesperson said they were happy with how the event had panned out.
“It was great to have our biggest Indiependence yet on our 10th birthday,” he said. “The bands have been amazing and, once again, the Indie festival-goers have shown themselves to be a crowd who love coming to Mitchelstown. We’d like to thank everyone who was involved with the festival this summer and hope to see everyone again in 2016.”
Tickets for Indiependence sold out ahead of the festival, despite organisers significantly increasing the event’s capacity from 5,000 to 8,000.
Promoters say the event is worth between €1m and €2m to the local economy, and many campers made the short walk from the festival site into the shops and bars of Mitchelstown over the three days.
Originally a music-only festival, Indiependence has added comedy and spoken word to its offerings in recent years. Andrew Stanley and Foil, Arms & Hog were among the stand-ups on show. Kodaline, making their first festival appearance, returned to close the main stage last night, following US rockers The Dandy Warhols.
In keeping with previous years, the weekend passed without any significant trouble. The Garda press office yesterday said there were no reports of any serious incidents.