Applications are now being accepted from bands for 2012

From Thursday 1st December Vantastival will be accepting applications from musicians hoping to play the 2012 Vantastival festival.  Interested acts should email with the name of the band or artist in the subject line.  The email must contain a link where the judging panel can listen to a minimum of three tracks.  Artists should not send mp3 tracks attached to their email.  Vantastival will take applications until 16th January.

Vantastival accepts submissions from all acts who write their own original music, as well as traditional groups, and the festival prides itself on showcasing the finest up-and-coming unsigned Irish acts.   Covers bands will not be considered.  Previous years have seen rising talent such as O Emperor, The Ambience Affair, The Riptide Movement and We Cut Corners take to the stage, while headliners have included Jack L, Alabama 3, Whipping Boy, Duke Special and Kila to name a few.

Find out more here.

Vantastival is nominated for the European festival awards.

Vote for Vantastival in the European Festival Awards. We are nominated in the ‘Best Small Festival’ category and by voting you are in with a chance of winning two tickets to every winning festival at this year’s awards. To vote, click here.

Voting will run until the 6th of December!

Vantastival moves to a new venue!

After two very happy years at Dunany Estate, we are excited to announce that Vantastival will move to a new venue in 2012.  Our new home is Bellurgan Park, just North of Dundalk.  Bellurgan Park comprises nearly 400 acres of organic farmland and sweeping woods with an 18th century house in the shade of the Cooley Mountains.  It is located almost exactly halfway between Dublin and Belfast and is very easily accessible from the M1 motorway.

We’d like to thank the Workman family for their hospitality in Dunany and wish them the very best with the continued growth of their equestrian business.

Find out more here.


Vantastival Halloween Havoc!

On Sunday 30th October Vantastival presents a Halloween Extravaganza at the Mezz venue in Temple Bar. There will be live music and DJ till late and fancy dress is encouraged with prizes for the best costumes. We’ll also be hosting traditional Halloween games to bring you back to your childhood.

Live bands Cold Comfort, Yukina, Reverend JM’s Panic Worship and I’d Fight Gandhi will play, followed by Swiss DJ Shane Tobler. This is THE Halloween Party to be at this year.

Entry on the night is €10 with drinks promos running all night. 3 euro beers and heavily discounted spirits mean this will be one of the best value nights in Dublin!

Visit the Facebook event page here.


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