- 08 Aug 17
You couldn’t really ask for a more convenient location for a festival than The Beatyard at Dún Laoghaire pier. Hop off the dart, go around the corner, and Bob’s your uncle. There are plenty of other things to recommend it too. One of the main selling points is the variety of street food on offer; Hot Press sampled several delights, all of which were a cut far above the usual half-cooked burger in a half-frozen bun for a tenner. On top of that, the liquid refreshment too was a far cry from the usual plastic glass of suds, I was particularly taken with the Nautical Boogie IPA, which explains both the two-and-eight I was in getting back on the train, and why this review was late.
The music kicked off with the Italian/French/Spanish/Dublin gang Mama Kasbah, whose enjoyable mix of everything from reggae to rumba was unfortunately delivered to an almost empty space as a crowd had yet to arrive. If you’re a fan of Manu Chao or Gogol Bordello, then these are the lads for you. They even managed to make an accordion driven version of ‘Hava Nagila’ sound good.
And then, of course, the heavens opened, we were at an Irish festival after all, so twist my arm why don’t you, we took refuge at the bar in the Eatyard Tent. A series of talks and demos took place here during the day. My visit coincided with a particularly dry discussion on starting a food business, and there were various cookery sessions to follow. I’ve never really seen the appeal of going to a festival to watch someone cook the dinner, but each to their own.