As always we will have some new and exciting features for Vantastival 2017 while some of the favourites from previous years will make a welcome return!
The Volkswagen Campervan Cook-offOur favourite cooking competition is back, and once again it is kindly sponsored by our festival partners Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles! Better than the Bake-off and Masterchef combined, the Campervan Cook-off is a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ style competition where contestants are required to cook a two course meal from the ingredients we provide, using only the cooking facilities in their campervans! This year participants will be competing for a Volkswagen brake disc trophy and goody bag. More details coming soon!
Culture VulturesWe are thrilled to welcome Culture Vultures to Vantastival this year for the first time.
What is Culture Vultures? It’s an as-and-when-required ‘salon’-themed pop culture event, curated/hosted/presented by Tony Clayton-Lea. It consists, essentially, of words and music.
The ‘words’ part features a public interview, and there is also some form of spoken word and music in the blend.
Culture Vultures makes regular appearances at Irish music and arts festivals as well as popping up at bespoke events. Culture Vultures at festivals is a different, snappier affair than it usually is in a venue with four walls and a roof: it’s more jam-packed, because we take into account that the more people we have on the line-up the better it is to grab festival goers’ roaming attention spans. The other benefit of Culture Vultures at festivals is that it provides something a little bit different for the curious festival goer to experience.Tony Clayton-Lea is an Irish-based freelance journalist/writer/editor who writes mostly on music, pop culture, film and travel for a variety of print and online outlets. Of the former, he writes predominantly for The Irish Times, specifically for its Arts pages and its weekly music/movies/pop culture supplement, The Ticket. He also contributes regularly to the arts/book pages in the Sunday Business Post Magazine.
Culture Vultures at Vantastival will take place on The Volkswagen Main Stage 4 – 5.45 pm on Sunday 4th June.
The Firestone Music Station
Vantastival 2017 will again be the only Irish festival to take part in the Firestone Music Tour. Firestone will sponsor the Firestone Music Station, an unplugged venue with the aesthetic of a 1930s Route 66 gas station! The Firestone Music Station will hold an acoustic stage featuring unplugged performances from some of the Vantastival’s main line up while a host of local acts will also feature. Open mic sessions and comedy sets will also take place in the Firestone area, which will be decked out with quirky custom-made tyre furniture in keeping with Vantastival’s much loved aesthetic.
Jack Cody’s BreweryOur bar this year is sponsored by the good folk at Jack Cody’s Brewery, and will be stocked with a range of craft beers brewed just down the road from Beaulieu. You can’t get any more local than this! Jack Cody’s Brewery began commercial brewing in Drogheda Co Louth in 2014 and now produces a range of 9 top quality craft beers –All Hops and No Slops! Brews in the range include core beers ; Hibernicus IPA 5.2%, Smiggy Amber Ale 4.8%, Puck Pilsner 4.5%, Lazy Eye IPA 6.3%, Duxie Grapefruit Tea Pale 5% and Blackjack Drogheda Cream Stout 4.6% and seasonal beers Curly Hole 4.5% , Hail Glorious St Patrick Extra Stout 6.3% and Lunasa Summer Saison 5% Each brew has its own distinct personality and flavour profile. Popular with beer goats and bearded ladies alike, Jack Cody’s craft beers have gone from strength to strength since their launch, having won 7 awards at the 2015 Killarney Beer Festival and silver and bronze medals at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup 2016. Get in touch @jackcodys or “Jack Cody’s” on Facebook & Untappd.”
DFEi Music Stage
Beaulieu House Guided Tour and Prosecco ReceptionBeaulieu House will host a champagne reception at 7pm on Saturday 3rd June. Why not take some time out from the festival madness to enjoy some music, bubbly and a tour of the magnificent Beaulieu House, one of the first unfortified houses built in Ireland. Tickets for this exclusive reception cost €20 per person, and as an added bonus all ticket holders will be given access to the festival’s VIP bar for the whole weekend! Buy Tickets for Beaulieu House reception here
Stay tuned for updates on more festival features for 2017!
“for one weekend only Louth becomes home to a treasure trove of unheralded Irish musicians…” – AU Magazine