Bump! to celebrate music, media and art in Limerick city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE Bump! Muzik Festival returns this year with a city centre focus and rebranded as a Music, Media and Electronic Arts Conference for Limerick.

THE Bump! Muzik Festival returns this year with a city centre focus and rebranded as a Music, Media and Electronic Arts Conference for Limerick.

The festival garnered a reputation as a top electronic music festival in recent years, yet this year organisers are bringing it into the city, saying the new format will bring with it an array of new possibilities and exciting event concepts.

“As opposed to taking place in one venue over three days, Bump! 2012 will feature in up to ten venues throughout the city centre,” explained organiser Dan Sykes.

“Singular events over the weekend will feature workshops, lectures, exclusive movie screenings and gigs featuring local, national and international artists. In keeping with the idea of regeneration there will also be a special visual arts showcase,” he added.

The festival will look to use Limerick as a platform to showcase the music, culture and creative arts scenes in the city. The theme this year is a re-imagining of the city centre.

“We aim to transform the city over the weekend through daytime concerts, exhibitions of art and technology in the myriad of the city’s art spaces and by transforming many of the public spaces in the city.”

A 3D mapping audio visual performance will mark the closing of the festival on Sunday night, using the Construction X piece in Arthur’s Quay Park as a canvas. The festival will offer a full schedule in venues such as Dolan’s, Baker Place, Mickey Martin’s, Bourke’s, the Wicked Chicken and the Hunt Museum.

Spanish techno producer Reeko is among the many international names taking part, while Irish acts such as Deviant and FishGoDeep are also on an extensive line-up.

The Bump! Festival runs from June 29 to July 1.