We headed to the Castlepalooza arts & music festival, which is held on the grounds of the 18th century Charleville Castle in Tullamore, county Offaly. It was our first time at Castlepalooza, which is a small boutique festival which plays alternative music/Indie and DJ sets. As it’s small, everything was a short walk compared to some of the bigger festivals we have attended. The weather was mixed with some sunny spells and heavy showers, we managed to get the tent up and walk the short 10 minute walk over to the main stage without getting soaked so it didn’t bother us.
Castlepalooza previously did not allow alcohol to be brought in, but this year for the first time you could, we brought some drink and drank in the campsite and had the craic with some of our neighbours before heading over to the stage. We also got to see some comedian’s in the Vodafone comedy tent. During the festival, the castle is open for visitors and you can go in and get a tour.
Highlight: seeing the DJ with a fiddle @daithimusic
If you haven’t already seen Daithí’s video, which has an introduction by his grandmother Mary Keane and shows beautiful footage off the west coast of Ireland, showing World War II lookout posts, it’s definitely worth a watch.
Low point: Our campsite neighbour with his Vuvuzela World Cup Horn at 5 am