THE BUMP! Muzik Festival, which has gained a reputation as one of the best mini-festivals in the country, returns for a second outing this year, featuring the cream of the crop of Irish and international electronic music.
Being run entirely by Limerick folk, with a huge range of local music-makers, DJs and bands taking part, as well as internationally recognised names such as Regis, Equinox, June Miller, Perc and many others, the festival moves to a brand new green field site in Clonlara, just 15 minutes from Limerick city.
Dubbed the best left field electronic music festival of 2010 in some quarters, BUMP! is taking a huge leap forward this year, doubling its capacity and featuring over 80 acts on three stages in the delightfully scenic Landscape House and Gardens in Clonlara, a former golf course that will be transformed for the two days of the eclectic festival.
One of those taking part is Limerickâ€™s answer to La Roux, electro-popper MaighrÃ©ad Neligan, who is based in London and will be performing at 5pm on Saturday,
â€œI canâ€™t wait,â€ Neligan told City Life this week. â€œI am really looking forward to getting back home and playing in Limerick, and also being part of the festival because itâ€™s got a really great line-up. Iâ€™m really interested in seeing some of the other acts that are going to be on and to be at home and not missing out on the fun, which is nice.â€
She added: â€œI think it is a really good festival, and is not the same run of the mill event, it is great that there is an opportunity for DJs and electronic artists to get a showcase.â€
Bump stands proudly at the forefront of the Limerick electronic music scene; acting as a springboard for local talent and is organised by three of Limerickâ€™s very own; Ã‰anna Byrt, Sarah Lynch and Dan Sykes, who tell us all about the festival inside. Many of the local electronic/techno/house crews will be performing, joining exciting acts such as Sunken Foal, Throwing Snow, Equinox, KOAN Sound and bands like Serious Mischief and the Freeform Foundation. As organiser Dan Sykes puts it, â€œthis is going to be the party of the summerâ€.
BUMP! takes place this Saturday and Sunday. See www.bumpfestival.com for details.