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# festival - Thursday 30 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge In Photos: Tall Ships festival launched in Waterford Tall Ships This post contains images

In Photos: Tall Ships festival launched in Waterford

A half a million people are expected to visit the city this weekend, before the ships move on to their next port in Scotland.

# festival - Wednesday 22 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Gallery: Day One at Glastonbury… and it's already a mudbath Welly Watch This post contains images

Gallery: Day One at Glastonbury… and it's already a mudbath

It’s only Wednesday, but already Worthy Farm in Somerset is looking a little soggy underfoot…

# festival - Sunday 19 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Gallery: Music and art lovers enjoy the Body and Soul festival Body And Soul This post contains images

Gallery: Music and art lovers enjoy the Body and Soul festival

As the second day of the Co Westmeath festival draws to a close, looks back over the weekend with some great pics.

# festival - Wednesday 8 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Oxegen voted Europe's best music festival by leading management consultants Welly Watch

Oxegen voted Europe's best music festival by leading management consultants

The Punchestown festival beat out the likes of Glastonbury and the V Festival to take the top spot among 64 events across Europe.

# festival - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In today’s Fix: Blatter’s back; Kenny says no plan yet on how much new property and water charges will cost; and a quiz inspired by WikiLeaks and the last Irish cabinet.

# festival - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

St Patrick's Day festivities around the country: Your weekend guide

A round-up of the best events taking place around Ireland this weekend to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

# festival - Thursday 10 March, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# festival - Monday 7 March, 2011

In photos: Rio Carnival 2011 Brazil This post contains images

In photos: Rio Carnival 2011

Check out the colours and costumes of Brazil’s world-famous carnival festival.

# festival - Wednesday 2 March, 2011

From The Daily Edge Nepal holy men warned against selling cannabis at festival Cannabis

Nepal holy men warned against selling cannabis at festival

Sadhus arrested by undercover cops for selling drug in temple.

# festival - Friday 11 February, 2011

The week in photos Week In Photos This post contains images

The week in photos

Our pick of the wonderful and sometimes poignant pictures that shaped the week.

From The Daily Edge Beyoncé to headline Glastonbury Glastonbury

Beyoncé to headline Glastonbury

The singer has been confirmed as the headline act for the sought-after Sunday night Pyramid slot.

# festival - Tuesday 21 December, 2010

From The42 Leopardstown's Christmas racing is threatened by adverse weather Brrr

Leopardstown's Christmas racing is threatened by adverse weather

Conditions need to improve quickly if we’re going to get any racing at Christmas.

# festival - Monday 25 October, 2010

Festival of World Cultures suspended over funding issues Festival

Festival of World Cultures suspended over funding issues

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council ran up a loss €400,000 greater than expected – and could cancel next year’s festival.

# festival - Monday 6 September, 2010

From The Daily Edge Electric Picnic 2010: The best moments in photos Electric Picnic This post contains images

Electric Picnic 2010: The best moments in photos

Relive the weekend’s revelry with’s slideshow.

# festival - Monday 23 August, 2010

THE ROSE OF TRALEE is one of Ireland’s best known festivals.

Held annually, the festival attracts would-be Roses from Birmingham, Boston, Darwin, Dubai, France, London, Luxembourg, Newcastle, New York, New Orleans, New Zealand, Perth, Queensland, San Fransisco, Southern California, South Australia, Sydney, Texas and Toronto.

But the festival wasn’t always what it is today. here are five thing you might not have known about our Lovely Girls competition…

1. It use to be a tiny bit more exclusive

Today we’re used to winners hailing from as far away as Australia but originally, only women from the town of Tralee were eligible to compete.  Tralee has a population of just over 20,000 today so, in the early 1960s, the rules were extended to include any women from, wait for it…


Right. As much as we love Kerry, it’s a county with a whopping population of 140,000.

The organisers eventually gave up the ghost in 1967 and opened the competition to include any women of Irish birth or ancestry. Much better.

2. Singles night

As recently as 2007, only single women were allowed to participate in the Rose of Tralee. Was this because the contest was used as a nationwide, televised singles night? Or because, once married, women can no longer be considered “lovely and fair”?

Hmm, perhaps a desire to stay at least a mile from such questions at all times caused the organisers to relax this rule. They opened the contest to women wearing wedding rings three years ago.

3. Oops, just one more tweak…

A year later, they hastened to add that unmarried mothers could also be considered attractive, intelligent women. What a forward-thinking step for, er… 2008.

4. Surprise, surprise: it’s a tourist trap!

The Rose of Tralee owes its name to a poem penned by a wealthy (Protestant) William Pembroke Mulchinock for his family’s (Catholic) maid, Mary O’Connor in the 19th century.

Surprisingly, William and Mary’s relationship ended in tears – but the good news is that his poem became one of Ireland’s most famous ballads about beauty and lost love.

However, the festival has its origins in the (once annual) Carnival Queen event, which was forced to stop because of mass emigration. In the 1950s a group of businessmen, discussing how to bring some tourism to the town, remembered the old Carnival Queen event – and the ballad about Mary O’Connor. The Rose of Tralee festival was born.

5. A very Irish beauty contest

Although classified as a beauty contest, the Rose of Tralee does not actually score entrants on their physical appearance. In contrast to all other beauty pageants in the world, the festival has no swimsuit section.

Instead contestants are judged on their personalities – shocker – and the festival celebrates the “aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage” of young Irish women.

Past Roses can boast such as achievements as:

  • Winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for journalism (Michele McCormack; 1985 Chicago Rose)
  • Becoming Executive Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange (Noreen M Culhane; 1970 New York Rose)
  • Graduating with a degree in theoretical physics (Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin; 2005 Mayo Rose)
  • Performing live in Carnegie Hall (Róisín Egenton; 2000 New York Rose).

# festival - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

The Summer’s music festival and nearly over but there is one left – Electric Picnic and tickets are a whopping €240 so we wondered what the best ways to blag your way into the festival maybe.

1.     Impersonation

Has anyone ever told you you’re a dead ringer for Rosanna Davison? or that guy off TwoTube? Well, now’s your chance to put it to the test.
Simply line up for the guest list and use that tried and tested line – “don’t you know who I am?”  I presume that’s what Rosanna would say if she were there. Pray, of course, that they don’t actually know the celeb look-a-like you’re trying to be – that could be a tad embarrassing.

There are alternatives:  you can always impersonate a security guard – it worked for Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris. Grab a high vis vest and a walkie-talkie and walk on in with authority.
2.     Request a Press Pass

You know that blog you’ve got? Ya, that one you only posted on once.

Well, it’s time you started blogging a little more. It’s not just the broadsheet and music mags who get press passes at festivals, bloggers get passes too, so quickly add the world and its mother to your Twitter and show that you’re uber popular online. You never know,  maybe you just might be able to wangle a pass.

Otherwise you could lie and say you’re working for The Daily Planet or your college magazine. Press passes have the added extra of giving you access to a working toilet, complete with bog roll – luxury.

Failing the press pass just get yourself a camera with a huge lens, or better still a video camera and a mic. It worked for former wacky weatherman Alan Hughes who blagged his way into the MTV Awards a few years ago.

3.     Just rock up

Last year my mates just rocked on up to Oxegen in their car. “We’re with MTV, we’re looking for the VIP car park” said one. “Do you not have a pass?” answered the security guard, “No, we’re going to collect it, could you please tell us where the VIP car park is?”

Unwittingly they arrived behind the main stage next to Blur and Snow Patrol’s dressing room. “Well, our car will be safe here” they thought, and walked right in… After all, if you’re backstage no one’s going to ask to see your pass just so you can get out to the plebs in the main arena. Now, they were actually going to collect passes but it makes you wonder can anyone just rock up in a car and blag their way in?

4.     Become a Band Aid
It seemed to work in the film Almost Famous, but if you’re thinking Band Aid is about getting your musical mates together for a rendition of Do They Know Its Christmas then you’re sadly mistaken. It’s more about batting your eyelids and fraternising with the drummer or a roady. One mate of mine managed to hop on a tour bus and crash her way into a music festival simply because she was a good talker – or so she says.
5.     Hop the fence
It’s quite traditional this one, but there have been reports of people hopping fences at Electric Picnic and Oxegen and managing to make it into the main arena with nothing more than a bit of sheep doo on their wellies. Others haven’t been so lucky – at best their attempts to scale festival hoardings have been blocked by security and at worst you could end up like Robert Uhlenake who fell to his death attempting to gain entry to a Metallica concert – perhaps you could avoid this one, or just bring your own ladder.

6. Get a job?
No I don’t mean staking shelves to pay for your ticket, although a bar job at the festival wouldn’t be the worst thing – money, drink and a free pass – what more could one want?

Alternatively you can volunteer at Electric Picnic either over the course of the weekend or in the week leading up to it. If you do 24 hours of work you’ll get a free pass. But don’t think you can just make a dash for it once you get your pass. The guys at Electric Picnic have thought of everything and you’ll have to pay a €240 bond to ensure you’ll fulfill you’re part of the bargain.

7. Tour de Cycle
You could just cycle down. This year the festival, in conjunction with Temple Street Children’s Hospital, is offering those who wish make the 90kn route by bike the opportunity to get in for free. If you can raise €500 and bike down they’ll transport your tent and camping gear to the festival site and even give your bike a lift back to Dublin.

8. Sob story

“My friend’s inside and she has my ticket and my phone’s not working and I don’t know her number, and she’s about to score my boyfriend, and my dog died yesterday and all I want to do is hear LCD Soundsystem ’cause I was meant to see them play in April but they were canceled due to the volcano. Cue tears. It could work, but it’s probably best to stay clear unless you’re a 16-year-old-girl.

9. Bribe the bouncer
How much are these guys getting paid? Not enough, I’m sure, not for all the great work they do. it’s important that they be rewarded for helping out festival patrons – right? A ticket is €240, but perhaps these guys would like an extra €50 on top of their wages? Or even €100? Still cheaper than a ticket. Pray you don’t get a box for being cheeky.

10 Build your own furniture

The European Recycling Platform is giving budding furniture designers the opportunity to win VIP tickets to the festival by designing a piece of furniture out of recyclable materials. So get your pen out, you have till August 20th to submit your design ideas.

If these ideas feel a little too daunting or impractical then perhaps you should just buy a ticket. Three-day camping tickets are €240, but there are no one- day tickets.

Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally, Co Laois from September 3-5.

# festival - Friday 6 August, 2010

THE 37th Kilkenny Arts Festival kicks of today and will run from 6-15th of August. The annual event that promises the best of music, theatre, dance, film, literature, visual arts, crafts, street performance, and children’s events – many of which are free.

# festival - Thursday 29 July, 2010

THE PROGRAMME FOR this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival has been announced. The festival runs from 30 September until 17 October, and will have a special focus on Polish theatre.

One of the Polish plays being showcased at the festival is The Danton Case, winner of 25 drama awards around the world. The play is an adaptation of a renowned Polish play set during the French Revolution.

Irish theatre will be well-represented in the festival. Tony award-winning director Garry Hynes will direct Sean O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie, and two Beckett plays will make appearances in the festival.

Theatres across Dublin will host the festival.

# festival - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

ANOTHER PERSON has died from injuries sustained in the Love Parade festival crush last weekend, bringing the death toll to 21. The 25-year-old woman died overnight after being injured in the stampede.

Thousands of people were involved in a crush at an entrance tunnel to the techno music festival on Saturday. Police had previously warned organisers that the venue was unsuitable for the level of crowds expected to attend the annual event.

More than 500 people were injured.

The festival’s organisers have posted a huge notice in Duisburg which reads: ”We are deeply distressed. We mourn with family members and our thoughts are with those who are currently under medical care. Since July 24 nothing remains at it was.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel will return from her summer break to attend a special memorial service in Duisburg this Saturday. She has already called for an intensive investigation into the tragedy.

The mayor of Duisburg, who has been heavily criticised in the wake of the disaster, has already said he will not attend the memorial. He said he didn’t want to provoke the families and victims with his presence.

# festival - Monday 26 July, 2010

THE DEATH TOLL from Saturday’s stampede at a German music festival has risen to 20. A 21-year-old German woman died today in hospital from her injuries.

Twelve of the victims were German. The other eight came from Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Bosnia and Spain. The festival was created in 1989 as a demonstration for peace through love and music.

Over 500 people are believed to have been injured during the stampede at the Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany. Survivors said that the site was too small for the huge crowds which annually show up to the festival.

The exact circumstances which caused the stampede are not clear. Police investigating the deaths have seized files from the organisers and are examining the security plans for the event.

Spiegel Online says it has documents which show that the site was only approved for 250,000 – just a fraction of the 1.4 million that were reported to have turned out.

The organiser, who could face charges of negligent homicide, has said that there will be no more  Love Parade festivals as a mark of respect for the victims and their families.

This footage shows rescue efforts being made by emergency services at the scene:

# festival - Sunday 25 July, 2010

NINETEEN PEOPLE are now confirmed to have died, and 340 injured, after a massive stampede at a massive techno music festival in Germany.

Survivors of the horror – at the entrance of the world-famous and free-to-enter Love Parade festival, held this year in Duisberg, said they had warned the police of overcrowding and criticised the decision of local authorities to have just one entrance.

Such was the scale of the injuries that the festival’s organiser has declared there will be no more Love Parades in future, as a mark of respect to those who had died.

Rainer Schiller said the Parade “has always been a joyful and peaceful party, but in future would always be overshadowed by yesterday’s events.

“Out of respect for the victims, their families and friends, we are going to discontinue the event in the future, and that means the end of the Love Parade.”

Police chiefs later said they had warned city authorities a year ago that Duisberg was not an appropriate venue for an event of such a size.

Earlier, amateur footage shot with a mobile phone camera emerged on YouTube and showed the carnage in the aftermath of the ‘mass panic’.

City mayor Adolf Sauerland has ordered a full inquiry into the cause of the stampede.

# festival - Saturday 24 July, 2010

GERMAN POLICE have said at least 10 festivalgoers have been killed following what they described as a “mass panic” stampede at the annual Love Parade techno music festival at Duisberg, near Dusseldorf.

At least 15 more have been critically injured, after a massive stampede broke out after local authorities tried to stop a crowd of several thousand people from entering an already-crowded area at the festival.

A further 10 are reported to have needed resuscitation, while another 40 are being treated for minor injuries.

German news agency DAPD says the victims were crushed and that emergency workers had trouble getting through to them.

Organisers believe that up to 1.4 million people have travelled to the city for this year’s festival.

The Love Parade festival is usually known as being relatively peaceful for an event of its size, with relatively few arrests for the number of people attending. It is known for being exceptionally crowded, however, with crushing a moderately frequent occurance.

Update: 19 people are now confirmed to have been killed. Read more

# festival - Thursday 22 July, 2010

FANCY SOMETHING different for the weekend? The Festival of World Cultures opens tomorrow in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, and runs through the weekend.

It’s celebrating its 10th anniversary with a packed schedule of Irish and international acts. Over 800 artists from 33 countries will appear over the three days, featuring acts like former Sigur Rós string section Amiina, and Beninese voodoo funk act Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou.

While some of the tickets for the gigs have sold out, the festival is also running many free events. A street carnival to celebrate the festival’s birthday will spill over Dún Laoghaire on Sunday from 4.45 til 5.50pm.

The festival is also launching its first internet radio station, Radio Hemisphere, which begins broadcasting at midday tomorrow. The station will broadcast highlights, interviews and special features from the festival.

# festival - Wednesday 14 July, 2010

CHERYL COLE has cancelled an upcoming appearance at the V Festival due to her recovery from malaria. A message on the festival’s site reads: “Our thoughts are with Cheryl at this time and we wish her a quick return to full health.”

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