It is not just visiting headliners Jools Holland, Rufus Wainwright and The Waterboys who will be entertaining at Sligo Live. The best of Sligo’s own talent will be performing at the Sligo Live Festival Club in the Riverside Hotel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, October 23, 24 and 25.
The Festival Club is a unique experience with three performance stages hosting a true festival atmosphere. Having listened to the variety of music on offer all day, festivalgoers meet up each night at the Festival Club where they enjoy going from stage to stage with their biggest difficulty being which acts to see next.
The Late Night Festival Club features Miles Graham and The Whileaways on Friday, This Side Up and Indian on Saturday and Rackhouse Pilfer and Jawbon on Sunday.
This year the Riverside Hotel will host the Festival Club on all three nights, carrying on its illustrious reputation from earlier years of Sligo Live and the last two fleadhs. The Riverside is the perfect Club creating a festival oasis for live performances and partying.
The Festival Club will again feature three rooms of music: The Main Stage with the headline artists, the Acoustic Stage which gives an intimate flavour of the festival and the Trad Session Bar where top traditional musicians play together.
The Festival Club gets underway every night at 11pm. Tickets are €12 on the door or €10 if bought in advance from www.sligo.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie or the Hawk’s Well box office.
Unique Irish singer songwriter Miles Graham’s profile has been steadily growing.
He has been capturing attention in the UK with many top presenters including Graham Norton playing his music. His warm, magnetic, soulful voice and burgeoning song-writing talent mark him out as a special talent. Three Irish singers – Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Noelie McDonnell – make up The Whileaways. Noriana toured the world with supergroup Solas; Nicola was on vocal duties for Grada until that band went their separate ways and Noelie has been a mainstay of Galway’s music scene for many years. This is their first gig in Sligo and listeners are in for a treat.
Honing their craft around Ireland for the past few years This Side Up have taken their all original hip hop to venues and festivals across the country and recently released their debut EP, “3075”.
Indian are Sligo legends. Fronted by lead singer, Joe Hunt, they are the ultimate festival band, exciting audiences wherever they play, with excellent original material.
The now 7 piece band re-emerged due to pressure from fans old and new after their successful reunion gig in Shenanigans.
Rackhouse Pilfer have a reputation as one of the best local acts ever to feature in Sligo Live.
They supported Imelda May at the festival in 2013 and have also performed at the festival club before too.
Recently they reunited with Imelda to record two songs for Tom Jones’ new album.
Jawbone are three superb musicians – Philip Christie, Philip O’Gorman and Conor Deasy – playing acoustic folk, blues, country, and rock ‘n’ roll.
With three voices, two guitars and a piano, they uncannily conjure up the musical landscape of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Expect good times and great music from them.