- 29 Jun 18
As we arrived at the site location yesterday afternoon, we were greeted by the ATN crew with goody bags. We were then directed to take our seats on the picnic blankets laid out on the lawn over looking Curraghmore Estate, where we had a delicious lunch accompanied by a few refreshing gin and tonics - just what we needed in the sweltering heat. We had the privilege of watching drone footage sweeping over the stunning 3,000 acre site followed by a guided tour of the grounds, showing us what the festival has in store for the August bank holiday.
Curraghmore Estate in Waterford is one of the oldest surviving privately owned estates in Ireland. The house has recently been inherited by Lord and Lady Waterford, and for the first time in 800 years, the couple have welcomed the public into the estate for events such as these. The surrounding landscape is breath taking with ancient forests, mountains, rivers and lakes, lawns, courtyards and lush plains. Music, art, friendship, and camaraderie are the tenets by which All Together Now will adhere. So what can we expect?
At night time, once you’re refreshed and ready for the party to begin, you can head over to observe the spectacle that is ‘Arcadia Spectacular Afterburner’. Think burning man – Arcadia is an immersive 360 degree installation of scrap metal sculptor Pip Rush Jansen and engineer Bert Cole. Built from repurposed military hardware, the Afternburner fuses sound, light, sacred geometry, an inward facing 360 degree soundfield and 20 foot flames amplifying both the music and the energy into an unforgettable dancefloor experience. You can also expect electronic audiovisual arts, founded by Sarah McBriar over at ‘The Road to Nowhere’, and a broad selection of Reggae, Dancehall, Afrobeat, Brazillian, Soca and Grime in the Curraghmore forest at the One Love stage by Dublin-based collective, Sim Simma.