Festival Guide to Vantastival

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Festival info

Taking place from 1st – 3rd of June at the picturesque setting of Beaulieu House, Drogheda, Co. Louth, this independent boutique festival is on the radar of music enthusiasts across Ireland who are looking for something unique from their weekend entertainment.


Vantastival boasts a BYOB policy which means less time queuing at the bar and more time discovering new bands!


As the name suggests, the focal point of this event, alongside the music, is the campervan lifestyle, but there is a dedicated campsite for those wishing to bring their tents, it is also family-friendly.




Music Picks


Friday 1st June


Silent Interlude

Silent Interlude are an Indie – Ambient four piece, influenced by the likes of Daughter, The XX and And so I watch you from afar, Niamh walsh’s stunning vocals reflect elements of Sarah Mc Lachlan and Dolores O’ Riordan while the band’s sound still remains unique to them.


Song : Midnight Eyes



Third Smoke

A rock – alternative act who count Bon Iver as well as The White Stripes amongst their influences, incorporating multiple vocals and instruments to produce a remarkable musical event for the audience.


Song : Maya



Marc O’Reilly

With his soulful, powerful voice accompanied by seriously cool bluesy guitar riffs, Marc has wowed audiences at numerous festivals both at home and abroad including Eurosonic Nooderslag, Glastonbury and The Great Escape.


Song : Compromise




Saturday 2nd June


Le Galaxie

Synths and keyboards feature heavily in this groups sound, with influences ranging from Sci-fi to  Stanley Kubrick and Soulwax to Star Trek, the recent addition of former Fight like Apes singer MayKay adds a fresh new element to things.


Song : Day Of The Child



The Hot Sprockets

Visually stunning, when these guys come on stage, you will stand up and take notice, they dress to impress! Retro look and a retro sound, you won’t want to miss this incredible band, they play fantastic tunes and have a lot of fun doing it!


Song : Cold cold sweat




Fusing elements of avant-folk, vocal percussion and acoustic components, the ethereal sound of SELK creates a beautiful, almost hypnotic listening experience.


Song : Beast




This alternative – folk duo take beautiful harmonies and pair them with cello and guitar sounds to produce music with a nostalgic, dreamy vibe.


Song : Sunday Strollin’



Sunday 3rd June


The Stunning

Fixtures of the irish music scene in the 1990s, The Stunning are to this day wowing audiences and gaining new fans with their exceptional live shows.


Song: Brewing up a storm




A beautiful voice, reminiscent of the soul greats, Loah fuses folk and soul to create a modern sound that is truly distinctive to her, she also co – wrote the song “Someone New” with Hozier.

Song : Nothing



Lowlight Gathering

An Indie-folk-rock group, Lowlight Gathering have heartfelt lyrics, beautiful piano melodies and outstanding vocals, influenced by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Bon Iver.


Song : Breathe



Dreaming of Jupiter

This alternative-pop-soul trio play around with trip hop and electronic beats in their music, combining elements that are reminiscent of Portishead and London Grammar with funky guitar sounds.


Song : Let me down




A noise-pop five-piece hailing from Dublin, with quirky lyrics and an energetic tempo, expect big things from Thumper.


Song : AFL



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