Line up announced for Vantastival 2012

Ham Sandwich, The Original Rudeboys and Le Galaxie are among the diverse range of acts lined up to play Vantastival 2012, which will take place for the third time in County Louth over the May bank holiday weekend. Frankie Gavin & DeDannan, Rarely Seen Above Ground and I Draw Slow are also on the line up, with local hero Jinx Lennon from Dundalk set to return this year.  Major headliners are still to be announced for the festival, while the line up has a strong showing from some of the most promising up-and-coming acts on the Irish scene at the moment.

Shortlisted for the IMRO Music Festival of the Year Award, Vantastival continues to promote rising unsigned bands with this year’s bill including The Dirty Valentines, Raglans, Wyvern Lingo, Cars Love Girls and Trap Door to name a few. Northern Irish acts Master and Dog and Miss Paula Flynn will also join local favourites Third Smoke, The Trampz and Redtwelve on the schedule.

The full line up can be viewed here.

Earlybird tickets are now on sale!!!

Earlybird tickets are now on sale for Vantastival 2012. There are a limited number of earlybird tickets and they will be on sale until Sunday 26th February only.

At €70 per person for full weekend tickets with three nights camping, the earlybirds are a great bargain!

You can buy them online from by clicking here.

The earlybird tickets are also available from The Spirit Store in Dundalk, Setanta Guesthouse Ardee, and Soundcellar on Nassau Street in Dublin.

Vantastival 2011 nominated for Irish Festival Awards

Vantastival 2011 has been nominated for the Irish Festival Awards in six categories:

– Best Small Festival

– Best Lineup

– Family Festival

– Social Responsibility

– Best Service

– Best Toilets

By voting for us you”ll be entered into a draw to win tickets casino online to a host of Irish Festivals. Help us to build on the success of our “Best Toilets” award in 2010 by voting now at . As a small independent festival these awards can give us a huge boost so get voting and spread the word!

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.

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