- 26 Oct 15
The Sligo Live Festival was studded with highlights. But best of all was the appearance of The Waterboys, in the Knocknarea Arena…
Sligo Live is a wonderful festival based on a simple, but charming concept: gigs all over town in a wild variety of very different venues. It's not just about the main acts playing in the Knocknarea Arena. It’s also about the music scene in Sligo, a social gathering of musicians, and a celebration of music in general.
Even if you’re an outsider, you’re immediately made to feel welcome. Everyone knows everyone, which isn’t surprising, given that half the population of Sligo are musicians – or so it seems! – and play together in various projects.
My Sligo weekend began on Friday night, in the legendary pub Shoot The Crows where The Troubadour Mules played their own mix of Spanish folk music with an Irish twist. It was an utter joy to watch them play: their energy was infectious, as all the pub-goers seemed to bring out their best dance moves, swinging their hips, pints in hand, trying and succeeding in not spilling one drop! The band played well into the night – and even then the crowd wanted more.