Acoustic Acts Announced for Glasshouse Stage

We are delighted to bring back The Glasshouse Stage this year, an intimate acoustic experience in the newly refurbished 18th century glasshouse within Beaulieu’s enchanting walled garden. It will run from 4-9pm on Saturday and Sunday and showcase some great musicians.

Well known for his distinctive Hot Press illustrations, singer-songwriter David Rooney will perform with French harpist Floriane Blancke, while Sophie Coyle, EJ O’Reilly, Killian O’Driscoll and Tracy Gallagher are among the solo singer-songwriters to catch in this unique space. Bayonets, Susan O’Neill aka SON, Donegal’s Don’t Fear the Natives and Wicklow duo Hidden Stills are also on the bill. We are delighted to have a couple of very talented young musicians this year with acoustic slots in the Glasshouse for 16-year-old Beatrix Nova and 2018 Junior Eurovision entrant, 11-year-old Muireann McD.

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Finalists Announced in Firestone Battle of the Bands


The  public have cast their votes and the five acts who will go through the live final of the Firestone Battle of the Bands 2018 are modernlove., Exiles, Sonnets & Sisters, Oski Bravo, and JaXson! The final will take place in Odd Mollies, Drogheda, on 26th April when the bands will perform for a judging panel comprising Today FM producer and DJ Ed Smith, Today FM Head of Sound Gavin Blake, and representatives from both Vantastival and Firestone, with the public also having a vote. The overall winner will receive a prize package including a 2 track recording session at Herbert Place Studios and €1,800 worth of equipment from the Musicmaker store in Dublin, and will headline the Firestone Music Station stage at this year’s Vantastival!

The final is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Entry is €4 and all who pay in will be able to vote for their favourite band on the night and will also be entered into a draw for a pair of weekend Vantastival tickets.

Thanks to all 12 acts who took part in the online phase of the competition and we’re looking forward to seeing all 12 perform on the Firestone Stage at this year’s Vantastival!

More Acts Announced for Firestone Stage!

Third Smoke, Slow Place Like Home, Wolff and Maija Sofia are among the latest acts announced for the Firestone Stage this year! Also added to the stage’s line up today are Brain Donation, Kid Coy, Video Blue, Waking Android, Dr. Mindflip, FXY and local Drogheda acts The Skins and Fuzz Gigolo.  Vantastival is a key event within Firestone Live, an original programme of music festivals sponsored by the tyre giant across Europe. A total of 25 acts will perform in the Firestone Music Station, a unique structure with the aesthetic of a 1930s Route 66 gas station, which as always will be decked out with quirky custom-made tyre furniture.

Meanwhile, voting in the Firestone Battle of the Bands competition remains open until midnight on the 8th April. The 12 acts involved in the competition will also appear on the Firestone Stage at Vantastival – Chinese Newspaper, Crojayn, Emma Langford, Exiles, JaXson, Jejune, modernlove., My Fellow Sponges, Oski Bravo, Sonnets & Sisters, Spekulativ Fiktion and Waldorf & Cannon are all in the running for a fantastic prize worth over €4,000, plus the chance to headline the Firestone Stage this year! Cast your vote now at

Don’t forget to confirm your vote by validating the link in your email!



Firestone Battle of the Bands 2018!

Firestone has selected 12 acts from this year’s line up to take part in its Battle of the Bands competition

We are delighted to welcome Firestone Live to Vantastival again this year, with another opportunity for unsigned bands to win a coveted prize worth over €4,000 in the Firestone Battle of the Bands competition! 12 up-and-coming Irish acts from our 2018 line up have been chosen by Firestone to take part. Voting will run online until 8th April, with the public vote reducing the initial 12 acts to five, who will then participate in a live final at Odd Mollies venue in Drogheda on April 26th.

In the running for this year’s Firestone prize:













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