Friday, August 02, 2019

Niamh, Aideen, Hayley and Siobhan, at the All Together Now Festival. Photo: Joe Evans

OVER 20,000 revellers will descend upon the gorgeous Curraghmore Estate today for All Together Now, with festival attendees from Waterford and across the country looking forward to what the second edition has in store for them from Friday until the early hours of Monday morning.

The event received fantastic reviews last year and encouraged organisers POD Presents to increase the attendance by 7,000 to 22,000, an astute move given tickets sold out in March.

Promoter Jenny Headen told the Waterford News & Star that they were hoping for more sparkling weather after last year’s blazing weekend, adding: “There has been an incredible amount of work going on behind the scenes over the course of the last 12 months and we hope people love what we have in store for them this year, as the festival continues to evolve.”

“We have taken on board feedback from our guests last year, as well as certain area’s we wanted to improve ourselves, All Together Now has grown slightly, but will still feel intimate even with an infinite amount of choice on what to see and do over the weekend.”

Popular music acts include headliners the National, The Good, The Bad & The Queen and Patti Smith as well as Hot Chip, Bombay Bicycle Club and Mercury Prize nominees Fontaines DC, with local acts like King Kong Company and the Backroad Smokers Club performing across the weekend as well.

Jenny added that she feels the variety of entertainment on offer is the reason for ATN’s success, with culinary events with well-known chefs, spoken word and comedy shows from the likes of Tommy Tiernan and Deirdre O’Kane keeping people preoccupied across the days and nights. Kids Together will also return for a second year, with fun science experiments, song, dance, face painting and a Kids Rave for the next generation of festival goers. The biggest selling point of the weekend however, is Curraghmore.

“It’s 3,000 acres of beautiful landscape, forests, lawns, lakes. It’s easily navigable, with lots of spaces for people to relax, or dance, or eat, or just have fun! There is a great crew of artists who come in and decorate the site, so there are plenty of amazing things to see, from giant eyes in trees, hidden artworks, fantastic natural sculptures. The food offering caters to everyone, with an emphasis on fresh, tasty food.”

RTÉ has curated a special two-day programme for this year’s festival celebrating Irish culture and creativity. The ‘Now by RTÉ’ stage will be part of the All Curious Minds area, and will run Saturday and Sunday, featuring a wide variety of quality performances, panel discussions and interviews, with highlights broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 and for streaming on the RTÉ Player.

For the full programme of events, visit https://www.alltogethernow.ie/ or follow the festival through social media.

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