Last year I wrote an article about the music and arts festival that happens in Mitchelstown every August bank holiday, Indiependence Music and Arts Festival. The festival has continually grown every year from it’s inception and this year I think it boasts the best line up of any festival in Ireland in 2018.

Some of the unmissable acts who will be in attendance this year are…

Delorentos (Saturday, IMRO Big Top Stage, 22:00)

Fresh from the release of their fantastic new albumTrue Surrenderback in April of this year, Dublin band Delorentos have been back touring this year. Proprietors of energetic and enthralling live shows, that are one of the bands who are not to be missed this weekend.

Dan Elliott (Saturday, Sing Song Stage, 17:00)

A regular feature on this blog, Indiependence 2018 marks the first major festival appearance for the Cork singer/songwriter. A powerful voice and excellent guitar playing are trademarks of an Elliott live show, and you would foolish to miss it.

Everything Everything (Sunday, IMRO Big Top Stage, 22:00)

My first time to properly familiarise myself with the music of the Manchester outfit was when I saw them perform as the support act for Foals in Dublin back in February 2016, and I was very impressed. Sonically mind blowing and endlessly charismatic, Everything Everything are one of the best live acts that I have ever seen.

Ailbhe Reddy (Friday, Heineken Main Stage, 17:50)

Another favourite of this blogReddy is another example of the sheer quality of songwriter that are plying their trade in Ireland at the moment. Heartbreakingly honest and relatable lyrics make up the discography of the Dublin woman, and backed by her band she is sure to keep anyone who gets into the main stage early on Friday captivated from start to finish.

Marc O’Reilly (Sunday, Heineken Main Stage, 17:00)

One of the best guitarists on the Irish music scene over the last few years, Marc O’Reilly has slowly built up a reputation as one of the most underrated songwriters in the country as well. His live shows never leave fans disappointed and his set on the Sunday of this week’s festival is sure to be no different.

Le Galaxie (IMRO Big Top Stage, 23:30)

Le Galaxie have deservedly garnered the reputation as one of Ireland’s most exciting and compelling live acts over the last few years, and it is easy to see why. Boundless energy and irresistibly catchy and danceable songs, they are the perfect way to close out the festival.

MK