‘Rocky Mayhem fest - a no-nonsense affair!’

Deirdre O’Shaughness

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Deirdre O’Shaughness

The Frank and Walters play the Rocky Mayhem Festival on Saturday night
Sick of glamping, festival fashion features and pretending to like Pimms when all you want is a pint? Think it’s time music festivals got back to basics? Well, you’re not alone - so do the people of Kilfinane.

Sick of glamping, festival fashion features and pretending to like Pimms when all you want is a pint? Think it’s time music festivals got back to basics? Well, you’re not alone - so do the people of Kilfinane.

Following in the village’s tradition of summer festivals – which once featured the likes of the Dubliners and Stockton’s Wing – Rocky Mayhem, the annual mountain music festival, takes place next weekend.

Taking place over four nights from June 12 to 15, it’s a no nonsense affair with nothing but great music to distract you. No yurts, no organic chia lattes and no glowsticks, but whether or not you decide to wear hotpants is entirely your own affair!

The lineup has a bit of everything, featuring dance icon Lisa Lashes, Waterford indie outfit O Emperor, cult favourite Corkonians The Frank and Walters, Limerick rockers Windings, resurgent country from Mike Denver and local craic from Handipak.

And, if that’s not enough for you, there’s the incredible scenery of the Ballyhoura Mountains, and mountain biking so good even ‘Kimye’ gave it a go.

But you don’t need a celeb’s budget to enjoy what the region and Rocky Mayhem has to offer.

Camping in the village’s Fair Field costs just €5, and a recently opened luxury hostel in Kilfinane for those who don’t fancy getting muck under their fingernails is reasonably priced too.

Getting back to basics, the festival even takes place in the yard of the local funeral home, McCarthy’s. There’s nothing else quite like it.

The Ballyhoura region was recently voted into the Top 20 Places to Go Wild in Ireland, not to mention being the honeymoon destination of the aforementioned Kimye. But don’t let that put you off – you won’t have a better festival experience anywhere if good music is what you’re after.

Rocky Mayhem is now established as one of the region’s major festivals, thanks to a large band of volunteers and the support of local businesses. Tickets range in price from €10 – €20 and are available now at www.rockymayhem.ie or from local outlets.

For more information on things to do in Kilfinane and the surrounding area, see www.ontheqt.ie or www.ballyhoura.ie.