Open Ear – Ireland’s Most Scenic Music Festival

So what are you up to this weekend? As the June bank holiday approaches, everyone in Ireland (and their dog) is planning to hit the road and there is a massive selection of things to see and do. Some folks might want to see Aphex Twin and Orbital tearing up Forbidden Fruit Festival while others will be searching for a more relaxing way to pass the time. Others will be looking for a happy medium between electronic music and relaxation.

What am I doing this weekend, you ask? I’m heading off to volunteer at Open Ear on the beautiful Sherkin Island in West Cork. Now, I’m no stranger to Sherkin Island – I have family on the island and have been going there since I was in nappies. I’ve spent two full summer working on the island (bartending and such) and always thought it would be the most perfect place for a music festival. It’s a stunning island with a virtually non-existent police presence so it’s not surprising that Sherkin can host some serious late-night sessions.

A few people took shots at holding events there over the years but the most successful in recent years is Open Ear which held its inaugural festival last summer. It’s an intimate 300-person festival which focuses on experimental music and electronica. They were blessed with glorious weather last year and the festival was very well received. This weekend, it will return to Sherkin’s North Shore (pictured above) for three days of avant-garde music between Friday and Sunday.

Open Ear 2017

Although I’d usually consider myself to be fairly up-to-date with the music world, I only know one act on the entire line-up. Experimental music wouldn’t be my strong point by any means so I’m very excited about what I might hear! Hopefully, I’ll come back with tonnes of new artists to feature on the blog.

If you still haven’t got any plans for the weekend, be sure to consider Open Ear. You can find full details here. Tickets are still available at €130 for a three day pass with camping included. Check out the 2016 after-video below.

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