BARE in the Woods 2016 is only two weeks away and promises to kick off the Irish festival season in style. Confirmed for their only Irish festival appearance of the summer are New York hip hop legends, The Sugarhill Gang – and they will now be joined by one of the most innovative dance producers of the last few years Paul Woolford and motley Irish comedy crew The Hardy Bucks.

Paul Woolford headlines an expanded Dance line-up this year to incorporate two new stages, The Island and The Crannog. They will host some of the UK and Ireland top DJs and collectives, featuring Made by Pete, DJ MEK, Dess & Connor C, Mix & Fairbanks, Dean Heavy & Shane Berney, Cinema (DJ SET), Maebh O’ Connor, District Magazine DJs, Sean Savage, Josh Mc Gowan, Jesse Jackson, Stephen Courtney and Kev Kinsella.

Also revealed fr the festival is BARE of the Rhyme – a showcase of the country’s best talents in poetry, comedy and spoken word taking place in The Crannog, and guerrilla performances around the festival site, with Lady Grew, Aidan Murphy, David Hynes, Richard Brennan, David Mallaghan, MC Cormac Lally and special guests Wasps Vs Humans. Also along the spoken word and comedy lines, The Word of Breda is a one-woman tour de force with Breda Larkin and Fergus Costello brings his Tell Me Lies Horse show to BARE in the Woods, while Tony Clayton Lea’s Culture Vultures makes its first appearance at the festival.

Already announced for the growing boutique festival are Natty Wailer, The Pale, King Kong Company, Raglans, Fangclub, Fox Jaw, Jupe, Dah Jevu, Pretty Beast, Slow Motion Heroes, Everything Shook, My Tribe Your Tribe, Suan, Mongrel State, Made by Pete, CPNHGN, Megacone, Laurie Shaw, Damsel, Whiskey Dick, Gemma Bradley, Peter Njihia and Cua.

BARE in the Woods’ ambition is to create one of the best boutique festival sites in Europe and bring an event that has something different to offer the festival season in Ireland. The BARE festival site compliments its natural surroundings using timber sourced from the site itself to build some very creative stages and structures. It is also one of the best priced festivals in Ireland with camping tickets for the 24-hour event priced at only €40 for a Day Ticket and €50 with camping.

This is will be the third BARE in the Woods festival – the previous two were sell outs – and it was the winner of an Irish Festival Award this year for ‘Best One Day Festival’ 80% of timber used on the site has come from storm damaged trees and has been milled on the site bythe BARE crew. The site itself is nestled beside the River Barrow and overlooked by the Slieve Bloom mountains and features a traditional Irish Crannog and a lake with a party island that will run late in to the night. Stage times for BARE in the Woods will be announced shortly.

BARE in the Woods is located only 50 minutes from Dublin and is accessible via motorway networks to all major Irish cities in under two hours. The site is located close to Portarlington railway station and serviced by Dublin Coach, with a 24-hour service to Dublin, Limerick and Cork.

For more information www.bare.ie