The Overtones Return for Westport Festival of Music & Food
US Comedian Rich Hall Joins Comedy Line-up
Westport Festival of Music & Food is delighted to include Sophie Ellis-Bextor and five piece vocal harmony group, The Overtones amongst the line up for the two day entertainment extravaganza. US Comedian Rich Hall will also join the boutique music festival which takes place in the picturesque grounds of Westport House & Adventure Park on Saturday & Sunday, 28&29 June.
Singer, songwriter, model and star of Strictly Come Dancing Sophie Ellis-Bextor has announced she will be performing at the Westport Festival of Music of Food which takes place in Westport House on 28 & 29 June. Sophie who achieved widespread success in the early 2000s has released five solo albums: Read My Lips, Shoot from the Hip, Trip the Light Fantastic, Make a Scene and has had career high-points with songs like Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), Murder On The Dancefloor, Take Me Home and Catch You. Sophie’s most recent album, Wanderlust which was released on 20 January 2014 reached no 4 in its first week in the UK charts
The Overtones formed in London in 2010, consisting of singers from Cork, England and Australia. They were discovered by a Warner Brothers talent scout while working as decorators in a shop near Oxford Street, singing during their tea break.Their debut album Good Ol’ Fashioned Love entered the UK Albums Chart at #16 in November 2010. However, after the re-release of the album in March 2011, it propelled to #4. They sold in excess of 500,000 copies of their first album and have just completed sell out shows in Dublin, Cork and Belfast
Rich Hall is part Cherokee, part cranky Southerner and part country singer. He is probably best known for his appearances on Channel 4’s “Stand Up For The Week” and as an outstanding guest on Q.I., Have I Got News For You, and Never mind The Buzzcocks. In 2000, he won the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, in the guise of his own grizzled uncle, Otis Lee Crenshaw, the much-convicted country music singer. A grouchy deadpan comedy genius who looks like a Pearl Jam roadie, Rich is a master of absurdist irony. He’s widely believed to be the inspiration for Simpson’s character Moe Syzlak.
These new additions to the star studded line up take to the stage at the boutique festival in the centre of Westport town on Sunday, 29 June, alongside Bryan Adams, Kool & The Gang, Sinead O’Connor, The Divine Comedy and David Gray.
The Westport Festival of Music & Food promises a fantastic fun filled music and food extravaganza with over 70 artists and comedians performing across five stages, an amazing food village and quality onsite camping in a truly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Gastronomic gurus including Rachel Allen, Clodagh McKenna, Darina Allen as well as Ross Lewis (Chapter One), Derry Clarke (L’Ecrivain), Noel McMeel (Lough Erne Resort), Neven Maguire (MacNean House), Seamus Commons (Knockranny House, Westport) and Frankie Mallon (An Port Mor, Westport) will prepare delicious mouth-watering dishes using locally produced, seasonal ingredients from Mayo and the surrounding areas in The Chef’s Kitchen, which will be located in the Food & Wine Magazine Village.
Music acts confirmed so far for the Westport Festival include David Gray, Bryan Adams, Sinead O’Connor, Kool & The Gang, The Divine Comedy, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Jim Jones Revue, The Overtones, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Kila, The Selecter starring Pauline Black & Gaps Hendrickson, Bjorn Again, Tony Joe White, The Bootleg Beatles, The Hot Sprockets, The Kilfenora Ceile Band and Alien Envoy (Nick Kelly of The Fat Lady Sings new project), Additional acts will be announced over the next few months.
THE ROISIN DUBH STAGE
The hugely popular ‘Róisín Dubh’ Stage is back again this year with a supreme selection of incredibly talented up and coming Irish acts including The Cast of Cheers, Lisa O’Neill, Daithi, We Cut Corners, Enemies, Windings, Tvvins, Elaine Mai, Dott, Boyfights, The Depravations, Rudy Trixx, It Was All A Bit Black & White, My Fellow Sponges, Zero Era and Tracy Bruen.
Comedians Ardal O’Hanlon, Terry Alderton, Foil Arms & Hog, Karl Spain, Comedy Club 4 Kids with Howard Read (& Little Howard CBBC) and Tiernan Douieb will be keeping everyone entertained in the Comedy Tent.
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
The Westport Festival welcomes all ages and of course kids under 12 are allowed in for free accompanied by an adult. Westport House has an amazing award winning Pirate Adventure Park which includes a host of FREE activities for kids and parents too…
· The Pirate Queen Swinging Ship- Not for the faint hearted, the Pirate Queen will test your head for heights – and your stomach!
· Pirate Plunge Log Flume Ride – A Pirate Adventure ark favourite, the Pirates Plunge is a splash-tastic log flume water ride that guarantees to entertain (not to mention splashing the passengers).
· Swan Pedaloe Boats – Families can pedal around the Westport House Lake on eight foot high Swan Pedaloe boats and enjoy views of the House, the Park, Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. The swans are pedal propelled so it’s a fun way to get a little work out during your weekend at the Westport Festival.
· Westport House Express Train Ride – You can take a short ride through the grounds and watch out for surprises around every corner. Check out the stunning views of the lake, the House, Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay.
· Set adjacent to Gracy’s Bar & Cafe, The Pirates Playground offers a slide, climbing frames and rockers to entertain.
· Gracy’s Bouncy Castle – Set in the Pirates Haven, Gracy’s Bouncy Castle provides ideal fun for the younger members of the family. Children will have a ball!
Take a guide Tour of the Pirate Adventure Park here Westport House Pirate Adventure Video
Westport Festival of Music & Food is situated in the very heart of Westport town which was voted Irish Times best place to live in Ireland. There is a wonderful selection of hotels within 200 yards of the entrance to our festival and amazing guest houses to stay close by. There is also a first class campsite located in Westport House. Check out www.destinationwestport.com for more info on hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation. Local accommodation is also available via www.Airbnb.com
CAMPING, CARAVANS & CAMPERVANS
Westport House has an established campsite with excellent facilities. With hot water in the showers and real toilets, it’ll provide the best festival camping experience you’ll have all year! Set up camp in this gorgeous natural environment surrounded by ancient trees with Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay in the background. It’s a camper’s dream! And you’ll only be a short walk away from all the Festival action and just a 10-minute walk from Westport town. Onsite Facilities include: FREE hot showers, electrics (limited numbers so allocated on a first come-first served basis!), WiFi, recycling, picnic & washing up areas. Onsite bar & café with food open until 11pm. Weekend Festival & Camping Tickets are on sale from the www.westporthouse.ie/shop
Westport Festival of Music & Food tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster
ADULT TICKETS – NON CAMPING
· Day Tickets (Saturday or Sunday) €76 (including booking fee)
· Weekend Tickets €131 (including booking fee)
Children 12 years or younger go free – up to two per paying adult
TEEN – 13 TO 17 YRS OLD – NON CAMPING
· Day Tickets (Saturday or Sunday ) €41 (including booking fee)
· Weekend Tickets €61 (including booking fee)
Teen tickets apply to children 13-16 years – they must be accompanied by a paying adult; ID will be requested at entry point to verify age.
BOX OFFICE DETAILS
Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
Tel: 24 Hours / 7 days : 0818 719 300 International +353 1 4569569 UK incl. NI 0844 8472455
Phone & Internet bookings are subject to €1.65 service charge per ticket up to €13.10, 12.5% over (Max €6.10), Outlets €2.15 per ticket
· Weekend Festival & Camping Ticket (tents only): €160 per person
· Weekend Festival & Campervan Ticket: €170 per person (a separate ticket must be purchased for each van at €40 per van)
· Teen Festival & Camping Ticket (tents only): €80 per person
· Weekend Teen Festival & Campervan Ticket: €85 per person
· Weekend car parking (for campers/tents): €20 per car
For further information about camping at Westport House, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Westport House Camp Site on 098 27766.
For further information about Westport Festival of Music & Food, please check out
Website : www.westportfestival.com
Twitter : @westportfest