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More than 70 acts are descending on Trabolgan this weekend for a festival with a difference: It Takes a Village runs all weekend. Picture: Bríd O’Donovan
More than 70 acts are descending on Trabolgan this weekend for a festival with a difference: It Takes a Village runs all weekend. Picture: Bríd O’Donovan
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Festival season kicks off with It Takes a Village at Trabolgan

CORK'S music festival season officially kicks off today with the newest addition to the busy calendar.

It Takes a Village will see 1,000 music and art lovers descend on Trabolgan Holiday Village in East Cork for an eclectic mix of music, literature, art, food and more. Day tickets remain available for those who want to drop down on Sunday afternoon, priced at €50.

The picturesque headland at Trabolgan, where It Takes a Village will take place this weekend.
The picturesque headland at Trabolgan, where It Takes a Village will take place this weekend.
Over the next three days, the holiday village will be transformed for Ireland's first ever live-in music festival. Rather than struggling with tents and wellies, attendees are being accommodated in Trabolgan's chalets and have full access to the on-site amenities, including crazy golf, five-a-side soccer, nature walks and food from local producers like My Goodness, Rocket Man and Barracuda.

And, while the weather forecast isn't too promising, all events are taking place in covered areas just metres from the on-site accommodation.

Organisers Joe Kelly and Ed O'Leary are well known in Cork for the running of the Live at St Luke's gigs, which run alongside a number of smaller shows operated under the mantle of the Good Room. 

The duo has a long history in Cork's music scene, stretching back through the Pavilion and Sir Henry's, and have put their talents to good use to cobble together a mix of old and new, local, national and international acts.

Tonight, UK producer and DJ Andrew Weatherall tops a bill that includes Dublin DJ and LCD Soundsystem ally Shit Robot and the Choice Prize nominated Lankum, as well as a host of Cork acts, including Talos and the Altered Hours.

Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers headline the festival on Saturday night.
Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers headline the festival on Saturday night.
Tomorrow, it is over to Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, whose new album is one of the most critically-acclaimed of the year to date.

The trio recently played a show at Dublin's Academy, which was met with rave reviews.

They are joined by Brighton DJ act Fujiya & Miyagi, Cork's own Brian Deady and Fish Go Deep and up-and-comers like Bantum, Ye Vagabons and Le Boom.

Further down the list is literary icon Kevin Barry, while the Sunday programme includes a wealth of similar talent, including Blindboy Boatclub of the

Saint Sister: the duo are one of the star attractions on Sunday. Day tickets are still available.
Saint Sister: the duo are one of the star attractions on Sunday. Day tickets are still available.
Rubberbandits and a number of podcasters.

Day tickets are available for the Sunday, priced at €50 and including a return bus to Cork city for those not staying on site.

Music on the day comes from Booka Brass, Martin Hayes & Steve Cooney, Saint Sister, Sunday Times, Shookrah, Cian Finn, David Keenan and more.

In all, 70 musicians and artists have been lined up what promises to be the most unique addition to Cork's musical calendar in many years.

See http://ittakesavillage.fm/ for full details on this weekend's festival.