Cork's Decades Festival returns for a sixth year

Cork's Decades Festival returns for a sixth year
Ally Barry, Aoife Palmer and Rebecca Lewis, Reardens at the launch of the Decades Festival. Decades takes place in 36 bars across the city on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th September. For more information see Picture Darragh Kane

Ireland's largest annual fancy dress party, The Decades Festival returns this month on September 29 and 30. 

The festival is now in its sixth year and will see more than 5,000 people come to the city over the weekend dressed in outfits from their favourite decade while over 40 bars and live music venues will host live music events.

The festival is supported by the Cork Vintners Federation of Ireland. This year's nominated charity is cancer support charity Arc House.

A gig rig will be erected by Cork City Council on the Grand Parade and will feature live DJs and bands from 12 noon until 6pm on Saturday, September 30. 

As well as a large number of bars and restaurants participating, Cork Opera House will also celebrate with U2 tribute band "Zoo2" on the Saturday night. 

Each outlet will choose their decade and will transform their premises into the year they have chosen.

Michael O Sullivan, General Manager of Reardens and Chairman of the Decades Festival said the event was about showcasing what Cork city has to offer during the day and night. 

"With so many outlets involved I am sure that there is a year and a decade to suit every taste and people will be transported to different eras in each establishment. It is vital that we continue to promote our city centre together and we look forward to showcasing all that we have to offer on September 29 and 30. I would also like to thank Cork City Council for their support and Heineken Ireland for their continued sponsorship.”

Speaking at the launch of the festival in the Heineken Kiln, Jonathan Barry Regional Manager for Heineken said: ‘‘We are delighted to sponsor the Decades festival this year as it is important to have a festival that can attract visitors and Corkonians to sample all that our fantastic city has to offer."

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