The music line-up had just been announced for K-FEST. This June bank holiday weekend (June 2nd-5th) the town of Killorglin Co. Kerry will once again be transformed into a major hub of culture and creativity, with over 60 events including workshops, music events, and craft markets taking place in disused buildings, empty shop-fronts and non-traditional arts spaces. Now celebrating its 10th year, K-FEST has cemented its reputation as Ireland's most important festival dedicated to celebrating the work of emerging artists. The majority of the events are free for the public to attend.
Amongst the music acts attending this year’s event Cherym the three-piece pop-rock outfit from Derry will be taking to the stage in the Kerry town. They’ll be joined by the alt-rock and minimal post-punk-influenced band Grave Goods, Dublin artist Cruel Sister, Cork singer Alicia Olaniran and Limerick singer-songwriter Abe Soare. The Dublin punk duo Vulpynes, Limerick based quartet His Father's Voice, avant garde punk producer Meryl Streek, and Cork band The Love Buzz will be performing as well as singer-songwriters Jason Deery, Sarah Power, Rita Lynn and Louis Cormack.
A collaboration with the music university BIMM sees Anie Valentine, Georgia G and Grooveline making the trip to perform at K-FEST. The festival will also host an array of local talent including E-Train, Jade O, Kate Dineen, Faux Mystic, Queenless Kings, PNJ, Colin Andrew and Simple Things.
On the Friday night of the festival (June 2nd) the award-winning theatre and cabaret performer Xnthony will be hosting a 4-hour long “big gay ball” and for younger musicians the town's Emilie’s Cafe will be hosting open-mic sessions. The music is rounded off by the Let’s Glow Crazy and Up The Mná DJ sessions featuring George Feely and Kaycee along with local DJ’s. The festival’s music programmer Tim Clifford invited audiences to come and be inspired:
“K-FEST 2023 is ready to bring Ireland together in celebration of music, creativity and culture! For four electrifying days Killorglin will become a vibrant stage for emerging Irish talent from all corners of the country. Not only will conventional venues be activated with incredible performances but disused spaces, pubs, restaurants and even derelict buildings are being transformed into live performance hubs for visitors to explore a truly immersive cultural experience. We would encourage audiences to come and be inspired”.
K-FEST is powered by a dedicated team of volunteers, made possible by the generous support of Rockshore, Fexco and other local businesses, and kindly funded by The Arts Council of Ireland in tandem with Kerry County Council.
K-FEST will take place from June 2nd-5th at various locations in the town of Killorglin Co. Kerry. Most events are free. For further information visit www.kfest.ie
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