Kilfinane set to rock and roll – thanks to revived festival

Aine Fitzgerald


Aine Fitzgerald

THE village of Kilfinane is set to rock and roll back the years thanks to the revival of its famed local festival.

THE village of Kilfinane is set to rock and roll back the years thanks to the revival of its famed local festival.

From August 24 to 28, the village will play host to the Rocky Mayhem festival featuring a top line up of acts including Delorentos, Director, Bipolar Empire and The Flaws.

For many years Kilfinane was recognised as one of the best festival venues, however, as can happen over time the festival petered out.

Kilfinane Community Council have now decided to revive the festival with the aim of raising enough funds to give the people of the village and district a new community centre.

“Our hope is to either refurbish the community centres we have – the Maple Room or Teach na Cille – but our idea at this stage would probably be to build a new community centre, a modern facility ,” said Neilus Hennessy, chairperson of the newly formed Kilfinane Community Council which is made up of representatives of all community groups, community members and business people.

The festival coincides with the Single Speed World Cycling Championship which is to be held at the nearby Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails at the same time as the festival.

With the festival running over five days from August 24 there is a varied programme of events to cater for all ages.

A fashion night hosted by Celia Holman Lee with appearances from locals takes place on Wednesday followed by an under 18s disco on Thursday with DJ’s, an incredible lighting system and smoke machines.

A trad night showcasing the very essence of Irish culture takes place on Friday night with music by North Cregg from North Cork who will provide a mix of folk, rock and jazz creating an astonishingly original sound.

Saturday night (the Indie night) see performances from headline act Delorentos. The Dublin-four-piece band released their second album, ‘You Can Make Sound’, in late 2009, preceded by the single ‘S.E.C.R.E.T’. They have toured the record extensively and to great effect around Ireland and Europe since its release, re-confirming their position as one of Ireland’s most exciting and contemporary bands.

Also on the same night there will be music from top bands Director, Bipolar Empire and the Flaws.

On Sunday night, the rock night, local bands such as Ember, Handipak and Footloose will entertain the crowds.

A marquee with a maximum capacity of 1,000 will be erected in the yard of Henry McCarthy’s bar in Kilfinane to host the various gigs.

Camping facilities will also be provided for those wishing to avail of accommodation overnight.

Tickets, as well as details of ticket prices, are available on line at or through local outlets.