I love summer. No, scratch that – I adore summer. And it’s not because of the warm weather and ability to finally use that outdoor BBQ after a seven-month break (that’s what you get for living in Canada), but because summer is outdoor music festival time! Yes, boys and girls, summer is always brimming with unforgettable music festivals and shenanigans. We’ve already told you about France’s Hellfest (which is now officially sold out!) and here is another uber exciting European music fest – COLDPRO – based in gorgeous County Clare, Ireland. Check out the wicked details below!
Surf, Sounds and Soul
Sat 4th & Sun 5th June 2011
White Strand, Milltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland
‘Cold waters, Warm Welcomes’.
On the first weekend of June, Cold Pro festival is braced for blast off on the West coast of County Clare, Ireland. Described as an epic celebration of international sounds and Irish surf culture, Cold Pro showcases a musical line up of established legends alongside cutting edge talent, underpinned by a unique high stakes surfing contest, featuring some of Europe’s best riders battling it out for €20,000. It’s no wonder Cold Pro is already being hotly tipped to set the pace for Summer 2011.
The musical focus is on three stages featuring an incredibly eclectic range of talent, spun in an ‘alice in wonderland’ style web around the festival site. Artists already confirmed include Imelda May, Jamie xx, Peter Hook’s ‘The Light’ (playing Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures), The Nextmen, Electric Wire Hustle, Scott Mathews, Ben Howard, The Amplifetes, Le Galaxie, Ivan St John, TY, Masters in France, Ellen and the Escapades and Those Dancing Days – to name but a few! More acts are being unveiled by the day, with over 60 mindblowing performances due to be going down over the weekend.
With the festival site surrounded by some of Europe’s premiere surf spots, the Cold Pro Invitiational has been conjured exclusively for the festival with this in mind. It boasts a unique, high stakes contest format, pitching teams from the Celtic nations of Ireland, Cornwall, Scotland, Brittany and Wales against each other in a variety of breathtaking competitive challenges, out amongst the waves of Irelands mighty West coast. Each days action will be documented, cut and displayed up on a big screen at the festival each evening. 20 surfers, 5 teams, and €20,000 is the prize. Three stages of competing, including a jet ski tow at and an all against all session will enable some of Europe’s finest surfers to fully perform at the most creative professional surfing event yet seen in Ireland.
Run by an experienced team of surfers, musicians and festival lovers, Cold Pro is first and foremost, an independent festival. Their objective is to create an authentic celebration that lets everyone involved come with expectations, have them exceeded, and leave feeling like they had the weekend of their lives and were part of something truly special. Surf, Sounds and Soul are the words. Way out West in the epicentre of Irish surfing is the place. Early June, down in the stunning heart of coastal County Clare is the time. A weird and wonderful weekend of blissful mentalism is yours for the taking.
Earlybird tickets – €70 – Camping costs €20 on top
General Advance – €80 – Camping costs €20 on top