Solas Festival

Solas Festival

infobox music festival
music_festival_name =

caption = Solas Festival promotional poster
location = Huntington Castle, Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland
years_active= 2008
dates = August 16 - 17
genre = Rock
website = []

Solas Festival is an Irish music festival which took place in the grounds of Huntington Castle, Clonegal in County Carlow on Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17 2008. Early bird tickets for the two-day camping event were purchasable now from, priced €120 with a €7 booking fee. The festival started at midday on both days. Free parking and camping were provided.


Dirty Epics, Noise Control, StarLittleThing and The Coronas were amongst the performing acts. Other acts confirmed to make an appearance included Kíla, Preston Reed, Don Ross, Andy McKee, Travega, Rocket Surgery, Alloy Mental, God Is an Astronaut, Audiojack, Alex Under,Bovine Frenzy, Dinky, Produse, Chymera, Sian and Eddie Brennan. [cite web|url=|title="Solas Festival lineup released"|date=2008-03-14|accessdate=2008-03-15|publisher="Hot Press"] Irish jazz duo Zrazy will also play. Zrazy are Maria Walsh (vocals, bodhrán) and Carole Nelson (sax, piano). [cite web|url=|title="Zrazy announce Greek, UK and Irish date"|date=2008-06-04|accessdate=2008-06-04|publisher="Hot Press"]

The Kettle Stage

The line-up for the imaginatively titled dance stage included A Guy Called Gerald, Milanese, DJ Godfather, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Ti Ki, Syntheme, Boxcutter, MC Julie Dillon, Barry Delta, Synergy, DJ Flip & Filthy Rich, Whitenoise, Worries Outernational, Matt Jazz & Handsome Paddy, Bonz, Signor P, Gavin Feeney, Conor Feeney and T-Woc. [cite web|url=|title="Solas reveals new dance stage line-up"|date=2008-06-13|accessdate=2008-06-14|publisher="Hot Press"]

Full list

Promising "a new era in quality boutique festivals," the festival took place at Huntingdon Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow on August 16-17. Tickets were priced at €120, including camping. Capacity was 4,000.

The lineup runs:

Solas Stage (Main Stage) – Saturday: Autamata, God Is An Astronaut, Hijack Oscar, Back Doors, Dirty Epics, HyBrasil, Kill City Defectors, Rocket Surgery.

Sunday: Kíla, Republic of Loose, Preston Reed, Andy McKee, Don Ross, Ham Sandwich, Travega, Stanley Super 800, Different Drums of Ireland.

Spectrum Stage – Saturday: Alex Under [Net 28 Showcase] , Damian Schwartz Live [Net 28 Showcase] , Heart Throb [Minus] , Dinky, Tractile [Live] , Miss Jools A.K.A Sleeper Thief, Eddie Brennan & Dan McElligot [Electric City] , String [Live - Multifunktion] , Timmy Stewart.

Sunday: Audiojack, Dusty Kid, Switch, Johnny Moy & Arveene [Clampdown] , Alloy Mental, Noise Control, Produse Live, Dougmore/Multifunktion, Chymera [Live] , Sian.

Kettle/music Light/Night Stage – Saturday: A Guy Called Gerald [3 Hr Set] , Tu Ki [4 Time Irish DMC Champ] , Matjazz & Handsome Paddy [4 Deck Set] , Whitenoise [Human Beatbox] , Synergy [Reach] , Barry Delta [Reach] , Bonz [174] , Worries Outernational Soundsystem.

Sunday: DJ Godfather [Databass] , Detroit Grand Pubahs Dj Set [DET.ELE.FUNK] , Boxcutter [Planet MU] , Milanese [Planet MU] , Syntheme [Planet MU] , T-Woc [Alphabetset] , Signor Pepe Hernandez [KETTLE] , Big Dish Go Djs - Conor & Gav Feeney, Firehouse Skank [Selector Enda] . Stage – Saturday: Preston Reed, The Last Tycoons, The Hot Sprockets, Erik Noon, Nicola Williams, Lauren Guillery & The Claws, Quintessential, DJ Half Dutch.

Sunday: Sickboy, The Murder of Crows, The Brothers Movement, More Tiny Giants, Hassle Merchants, Skuzzi Port, Brean Wilson, Christina Quill.

Prism Stage – Saturday: The Urges, Intinn, Gavin Glass & The Holy Shakers, The Red Labels, The Straglers, Grand Casino, Niall Toner Band, The Bovine Frenzy, Brian Meakin Experience, Niwel Tsumbu, Zrazy.

Sunday: Grada, Neon Flea Circus, Miracle Bell, The Mighty Stef, Tucan, The Cuban Allstars, The Ceili Allstars, Jester, West African Drum Group.

Fusion Stage – Saturday: Peter Breen [Electric Circus] , Sex Shop Dave [Electric Circus] , Mike McCoy [Electronic Ireland] , Sean Galvin [Schmutzig] , Bad Boy Blast [Strutt /Techfest] , Joe McGrath [Junction] , Jay Galligan [Electric City /Test] , Paudi Ahern [Transmission] , Stuey Lyon's [Junction] , Jeff Walters - Winter Beats] , Fran Hartnet [Junction] .

Sunday: Cj Fitzs [Transmission] , Barry Donovan [Lunar Disko] , Aron Nolan [Acii disco] , Al Keegan [Acii disco] , Cian Frawley [Strutt / Techfest] , Stam [Junction] , Niall Power [Electric Circus] , Rian Ryan [Electric City] .

[cite web|url=|title="Solas festival: new names, stage-by-stage breakdown"|date=2008-08-01|accessdate=2008-08-05|publisher="Hot Press"]


External links

* [ Official Solas website]

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