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5,000 tickets and free camping for Irish-language version of Body & Soul Festival just 3.5km from the centre of Skerries

Skerries News
Máirt 15 Nollaig 2015
David Diebold

Pondering which big music festival to throw your hand at next year? Look no further than just up the road to Ardgillan where Ravelóid, an exciting new music festival and culture festival, is taking place in 2016 on June 10, 11 and 12.

Bands already confirmed to play so far include Delorentos, Seo Linn, The Riptide Movement, Ham Sandwich, Kíla, Heathers, Mundy, Hot House Flowers, Altan, Bréag, Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí, TG Lurgan, The Bonnymen, Na Firéin, Gráinne Holland and Boss Sound Manifesto. Five thousand tickets are to be sold for the two-day event which includes free camping.

Celebrated
Seo Linn started out in Coláiste Lurgan and made its name by putting an Irish spin on many popular tunes, as well as coming out with their own Irish language songs. Many of the other groups announced as Ravelóid headliners are also currently being celebrated by Irish language magazine Nós and their 2015 music awards.

Ravelóid - a play on the Irish word réabhlóid meaning revolution - is to be the biggest Irish language event of the 2016 cultural programme and as well as the musical element, there will be comedy, dancy, literature, discussions, workshops and more included across the two days.

The festival will bring all of these together in an exciting new music and culture festival placing Irish language a the centre of the already thriving Irish summer festival scene. If you're excited at the prospect of seeing all these bands but are worried about your Irish, fear not. Describing Ravelóid as something similar to popular Irish festival Body and Soul, organizer Tomaí Ó Conghaile said that everybody is welcome to attend and use as much Irish as they can.

"Ravelóid welcomes everyone to attend this electrifying event, the newest and most lively festival in the Irish language world that will celebrate and highlight the vibrancy and diversity of today's Gaeilge culture", Ó Conghaile said.

"But don't worry, there won't be an oral exam at the gate."

The even provide concert goers with a few handy Irish phrases that will get you through the weekend, says the Irish Examiner:

Are they checking bags?
An bhfuil siad ag seiceáil málaí?

Will we take a selfie?
Glacaimis féinphic?

Look at those fancy feckers with their blow up mattress.
Breathnaigh ar lucht an rachmais thall leis an tocht aeir.

One more tune!
Ceann amháin eile!

Is that the guy you snogged in the Gaeltacht?
Eiseann an leaid a phóg tú sa choláiste samhraidh?

We've got a feeling these could even come in handy over the winter months too.

With many more acts yet to be announced, you can follow the lead up to Ravelóid or get yourself a weekend Early Bird ticket €99 at www.raveloid.ie More artists are set to be revealed in 2016.

Tá an Ravelóid ag teacht. The Revolution is coming.

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