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Preview: Indie-Pendence 2008

6 Comments 31 July 2008

Indie Pendence

Without a doubt this is Ireland’s best value festival, with a line up that has gone from strength to strength in its three year history.

This non-profit festival descends on Mitchelstown every August Bank Holiday weekend with a simple manifesto: highlight the best in emerging Irish music talent for free (that said they obviously hope to fill the donation buckets that go around the venue – this all has to be paid for somehow).

Since 2005 acts such as The Frank & Walters, Sultans of Ping, Director and Delorentos have taken to the festival’s main stage come rain or shine, and 2007’s festival brought the rain in droves, drowning all and sundry.

With high hopes that the sun may shine, this year sees Gemma Hayes and Cathy Davey headlining, with Fight Like Apes and Ham Sandwich returning to Mitchelstown for their second consecutive year, due in no small part to the straightforward fun of the thing; the community spirit of the festival extendeds to the club night that sees bands and fans alike on the dancefloor.

Indie Pendence has hit a rocky patch financially this year, with the late pull out of a major drinks sponsor leaving the event severely underfunded and in bad need of generosity from punters getting a decent line up for nothing.

Friday night promises a good homecoming for Gemma Hayes, a native of Ballyporeen in Co. Tipp, a stones throw away from Mitchelstown, but Saturday night will be the big draw with the one-two of Cathy Davey and Fight Like Apes heading the billing.

Here’s the full skinny on the line up, Guess List will be there for the weekend and will bring reports, interviews and pics in the next week!

Gemma Hayes
Cathy Davey
The Blizzards
The Kinetiks
Fight Like Apes
Ham Sandwich
Rulers Of The Planet
The Flaws
We Should Be Dead
The Chapters
The Laundry Shop
Dirty Epics
Sweet Jane
New Amusement
Hope Is Noise
Supermodel Twins
DJ Set


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  1. Niall says:

    Nice one lads.

    Gemma Hayes headlining Friday night is ill-advised. She’s be a snorefest. Prove me wrong.

  2. Ronan says:

    Could go either way…

    As much as I love Gemma Hayes, her mellow material mightn’t go down well with the local Friday night crowd; but then again she’s relatively local to Mitchelstown so hopefully there will be support.

    As with previous years the entire thing depends heavily on the weather, a bit of rain sees everyone retreat to the pubs (last year about a dozen folks watched a great Ham Sandwich show as it pelted down on the Saturday night).

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  5. adam says:

    Nice one lads. Lookin’ smart.

  6. The Official Analogue Magazine Launch is on this Friday the 8th of August in the Lobby Bar, Crawdaddy. Special guest DJ’s and a live set from Storkboy Choons. Fiver in if you mention the launch party. Could you give it a plug? Kisses, Ailbhe.

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