Townlands Carnival returns for a third year to Rusheen Farm this weekend, July 21-23, with headliners Jeru the Damaga, Brushy 1 String, King Kong Company set to take the stage over the three day event. Here at Musician.ie we compiled 10 things to see at this years Townlands Carnival
1. King Kong Company are bringing the Buckie to Rusheen Farm with a show full of noise and rumble. After tearing down the tent at Glastonbury 2017 King Kong Company bring to Townlands Carnival some inimitable “21st century swagger” (Irish Times), whose “live shows are events, built from sweat soaked late-night electronic buzz and rumble” (Last Mixed Tape) and who were recently crowned the Best Irish Live Act 2016 (Pure M Awards).
2. Limerick comedy/hip hop duo The Rubber Bandits a satirical stage and television act, have performed throughout Ireland, the UK and the US with shows at events such as Electric Picnic, Oxegen and the Bulmers International Comedy Festival.
3. Meanwhile, Cork’s favourite spandex-wearing duo are on a mission to change the world with dance. Lords of Strut make an exhilarating addition to a diverse and highly charged line-up in the Village Hall.
4. Slamboree is a live band with a Smörgåsbord of circus performers, daredevils and entertainers fusing bass-driven beats with live orchestra, guitars, percussion, loops, visuals, brass, accordian, pyrotechnics and circus.
5. The Cirque Du Freakout Big Top will be parking up at Townlands Carnival 2017. Bringing with it the great LIZAÏA who will present to you its most enchanting dances, acrobats, musicians, dishevelled and introduce to you Rosa the great fortune-teller. Let yourself be bewildered by our most crazy magicians, dissimulating in their sleeves their diabolical tricks. The festival will be in full swing with new attractions. Try your luck, test your strength and abilities in the funfair. The merry electronic fanfare will play through the day, its most beautiful tunes, accompanied by dirty bass, for demanding music lovers. Don’t be afraid! Let yourself be surprised, and fall into the universe of Le Cirque Du Freakout.
6. In a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce, a genuinely unique and courageous underground artist fights to rise up from obscurity into the pages of history
This is Andrew Chin—a.k.a. Brushy One String—the son of the late great Freddie McKay, one of Jamaica’s most renowned artists. Brushy has reached the hearts of many through the power of original song,With a soulful voice and infectious guitar melodies, Brushy “soothes souls and rough hearts” as he continues to perform from Jamaica to a worldwide on his one string guitar.
7. Theatrical walkabouts roam the Townlands breathing new life into the meaning of Freakshow Carnival & Circus Cabaret. This is where YOU come in! Embracing the Carnival TLC invites festival goers to create costumes using recycled and upcycled materials to join in with this years theme of ‘Carnival Through the Ages’. Taking inspiration from different eras from Rio Carnival to Medieval and Trad Circus to Freakshow and if it’s not yet complete come to the Get Your Freak On Costume Workshops to add the finishing touches or join in on one of our workshops.The TLC tradition of parading through the festival on the Sunday evening is back by popular demand with prizes for best costume and fire eaters and performers to enthrall.
8. Jeru the Damaja (born Kendrick Jeru Davis) aka D. Original Dirty Rotten Scoundrel was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn where the everyday occurrences around him from an early age later became the source from which his rhymes flow. Jeru introduced his unique “hardcore conscious” style to hip-hop audiences on “I’m the Man” a track on Gangstarr’s 1992 Daily Operations album. In 1993 he cemented his place in the hip-hop world by releasing the now classic single “Come Clean” from his legendary album, The Sun Rises in the East. Jeru the Damaja was proclaimed the savior of hip-hop due to his honest and straight forward critique of the state of hip-hop music.
9. Within the Village Green Area at Townlands Carnival you will find the Big Bubbles Kids Area which hosts the Shiver-me-Timbers Family Area, a safe and exciting place for chilling out and family fun with a funky, Old World Pirate themed atmosphere. Within you will discover the Buccaneer’s Beached Dragon Pirate Ship, the Giant Angry Birds Catapult Game, the Giant Wooden Castle as well as new “Star Gazer” hammock structure, where you can relax and float off in the midday sun, or gaze at the stars at night. There will also be a humongous hide-away Bell Tent, a chic and comfortable area kitted out with coco matting, massive multi coloured giant bean-bags and giant wooden toddler’s toys where you can relax and take it easy while escaping the sun.
10. Nestled amongst the ancient woods of Rusheen Farm you will find Townlands Carnival’s biggest secret and voted last year’s best stage, the Sibin; a stage set in a tin barn which will play host to acts from the hauntingly beautiful to the stompingly danceable. Come and watch performances from Deliverance, Hvmmingbyrd, Mescalito, Cula Bula, Les Freres Zeugmas, James Or, myfellowsponges, GRAND, Mama Kasbah, Chalk Outlines, Swinging Travellers, D’Bize, Sillke, Sister Hyde and the Pesky Magpies, Hip Hopa Rockamus, Quangodelic and Pontious Pilate and the Nail Drivers.