NEWCASTLE West is all ready to rock as WestFest kicks off this Thursday, promising four days of top-class musical entertainment along with a range of fun events and the magical treat of a fireworks display on Sunday night.
Now in its fifth year, WestFest has quickly grown to become one of the premier festivals in Munster and a firm favourite with festival goers from all around the country.
It has also won the support of thousands and thousands of local people, with its blend of music, food and fun events and its mix of musical experiences, from rock to reggae and from trad to country.
This year’s line-up is WestFest’s most ambitious yet and includes UB40 who are the headline act on Saturday night along with UK artist Example and The Riptide Movement.
For UB40, it’s a first and says lead singer Robin Campbell: “It’s our first time playing a festival in Limerick and we’ve heard great things about Westfest, we are really looking forward to coming over”.
The Stunning top the bill on Sunday night along with Ryan Sheridan, Hudson Taylor, Guilia, Breaking Trad and sketch while Friday night’s headliners are the Dingle-based Walking on Cars with Róisin O and Danny Battles as support.
WestFest opens this Thursday with country stars Declan Nerney and Derek Ryan.
All the indicators are that this year’s WestFest will also prove to be the biggest success to date. Ticket sales for the four gigs have sold extremely well, beyond the expectations of the organisers.
Their hope now is that the weather will stay fair.
They are also confident that the switch from the square in Newcastle West to the “festival quarters” in the Demesne will add to the festival atmosphere.
But even if you are not a fan of the music on offer, WestFest still has something for you. Hundreds gathered at the Newcastle West Rovers grounds last weekend to see the Publicans takes on the Emergency Services, which ended in a draw.
A carnival will be in place at the Community Centre grounds throughout WestFest and the Food Village in the Demesne will also be accessible without a ticket up to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. It will also operate at night time for ticket holders.
Saturday sees a whole range of free activites for children at the Desmond Castle including drumming workshops and Busy with Biscuits from just before mid-day. The colour run also takes place on Saturday, with registrations from 11am at the GAA pitch.
Sunday’s Family Fun Day will run from 11am to 4pm in the festival grounds. Entry for children is €5 and adults go free. However, any child with the €5 weekend ticket will not have to pay again.
The fireworks display, a must-see, will take place about 9.30pm on Sunday night.
Tickets can still be bought online or on the day. Weekend tickets for adults cost €49 or €20 for under-18s and €5 for children under 12.
Individual event tickets for adults cost between €15 for Thursday night, €25 for Saturday night and €20 for Friday and Sunday night. One-event tickets for minors cost €10 each.