THE countdown to the Knights of WestFest festival in Newcastle West has begun as wristbands for the four-day festival go on sale this week in local shops.
And already excitement is beginning to build in advance of the September event, as the last big name in a big name line-up has been announced.
Top Irish band, The Coronas, will be the headline act for this year’s WestFest, the organisers confirmed this week.
The four-man band has just recently been signed up to top UK company, Island Records which also has U2 on its books. They will play on Saturday, September 13 in the Square in Newcastle West, against the dramatic backdrop of the Desmond Castle.
Other big acts secured include a return visit by The High Kings who play on Sunday, September 14 and singer Mary Black. Mary Black’s gig on Friday, September 12 will be her only concert outside Dublin as she prepares for The Last Call, her farewell world tour.
Astonishingly, music lovers can attend all three gigs for just €15, this year’s price for a wristband.
This is the fourth year of WestFest, a festival which has, from the very beginning, been hugely popular and which has, over the years, grown to become one of the biggest festivals in Munster.
But there will be a lot more than gigs to enjoy in Newcastle West from September 10 to 14. “This annual five-day celebration of music, food and fun is family-friendly, small enough to feel intimate, but large enough to make sure there is plenty going on,” Siobhan Kelly, festival programme director said this week.
One event which is likely to attract a lot of spectators is a soccer challenge with a team of members of the Garda and the fire brigade taking on the publicans. The Soapbox Derby on the Sunday of the festival is also likely to prove challenging - and building has already begun in garages and workshops around the town and around West Limerick.
The Bungee Jump returns this year, bigger than ever, at 300 feet and the food fair, with stalls, cookery demonstrations and pop-up restaurants, will also make a welcome return.
A golf tournament will also get underway in the run-up to the festival.