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Shannon Town Park will be alive with music and entertainment this Saturday. Photograph by John Kelly

Shannon summer music festival to spread the joy

THE Shannon Summer Music Festival will take place on this Saturday, June 11, in the Town Park. 

It is being organised by Chris Walshe and he said there will be something for all age groups on the day.

“It starts at 2pm and from 2-6pm we’ll have children’s entertainment. We’ll have face painting, balloon modellers, kiddies disco and we’ll have a DJ. From 6pm on it’ll be live music on the main stage in the Park.”

All of the acts during the evening are local. “First up we have the Kirby brothers, then we have Adam Moloney, then we have a band called North of Fortitude, then we’ve a band called the Mangled Badgers.

“The last band then, the headliners, is a band called Sticky September. You might know the bands One September and Sticky Fingers. The two of those are joining forces for the evening.”

It is the first major outdoor event in the town for several years and he wants it to show what the town can offer and what talent is there.

“The whole idea behind it is to promote local talent and local musicians and at the same time we want to showcase the Park as a venue for this kind of event in the future.”

He said that he was really looking forward to the event.

“I’m excited now, I just hope we get the weather! I’m definitely looking forward to it, it’ll be nice to see something like this happen in Shannon, it’s great to have an outdoor gig in the summer. Hopefully we’ll get the support, we’ll see everyone out for it.”

Chris said that management of the Town Centre have been very supportive.

“If people are coming to the Festival, Shannon Town Centre have kindly offered the car parking and toilet facilities there and we’d encourage people to park there.”

About Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.