IT STARTED life as a way for a group of friends to entertain themselves on Good Friday and grew into a major event on the local music calendar. Now, after a year in mothballs, the popular Great Friday Festival is back.
The brainchild of Mark Quinn, who last year summited Everest - hence the layoff - the last staging of Great Friday attracted several hundred music fans from all over Munster and some thirty performers spread over three stages to Holycross AFC in Bruff, where the festival again takes place this Friday.
“It is all coming together, we are having the usual last minute jitters, but we are in exactly the same situation as years ago, we just didn’t panic back then, I think were more used to it back then! We are out of practice,” laughed Mark this week.
“It is all going well, everything is coming together. We have a great line-up, I’m really happy with the line-up, we have some great bands and DJs, fantastic as always,” he added.
There is a passion that goes into organising a festival that will really struggle to break even and does not seek profit, rather is organised to support and promote the burgeoning local music scene. All for the love of the music, essentially.
“Absolutely. We are really lucky to get that support for the festival - none of the organisers are paid, none of the bands are paid, we get sponsored for a lot of the other bits and pieces, so we are just really lucky that the bands get on board and believe in the idea of the festival,” agreed Mark.
“It has naturally grown up from that house party idea on Good Friday each year and there is such a great vibe on Great Friday, as it is now, and I can’t say what causes that, but everyone is great form.”
Having spent a year in a field in Murroe, the discovery of Holycross AFC - and the largess of owners Reardons - has allowed the festival to develop a sense of stability, and it is ideally placed to put down roots in Bruff.
“We are delighted to be back there this year,” explained Mark. “You can’t beat that support. “All of these people believe in the festival and are willing to go the extra mile to make it work and it is great to have a community like that involved.”
Limited parking is available at the venue, but parking passes must be bought in advance. Buses will run from Arthur’s Quay from 11.30am. See www.greatfriday.ie for full details.