We’ve all heard the likes of the more well-known festivals coming up this summer, including Longitude and the always popular Electric Picnic. But one event that I think will take the festival scene by storm this year, is Sea Sessions. Kicking off their 8th year from the 19th to the 21st of June, Sea Sessions is looking more appealing than ever before. Sure we have sun, sea and sand, but what else does it have to offer?
The line-up this year is quite possibly the best they’ve had yet, and the reason that this festival is so popular is because of the diversity and difference between each and every artist. Headlining on Friday night is Example, an electric-house act who rose to fame in 2009 with the hit “Won’t Go Quietly”. Saturday night brings us American-blues musician Seasick Steve, who ironically enough has just released his “Sonic Soul Surfer” album, definitely a sign that he was meant to headline the festival this year! Sunday night brings us Maverick Sabre, who’s best known for topping the charts with his R&B hits, with a hint of folk. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? And these are only the headlining acts.
Throughout the weekend we’ll also have music by Klingande who has hits such as RIVA and the well-known Jubel. Ever popular The Riptide Movement will also be making an appearance, who rose to fame with their catchy hit “All Works Out”. And to add to all that, the funk rock act Black Grape will also be tagging along, as well as The Minutes gracing us with their rock blues sound. This festival has a diverse range of acts no doubt, but that’s not all there is to the exciting weekend.
Unlike many other festivals, the campsite is only a mere five minute walk to the festival grounds. Charging only €25 for the weekend, camping is student-friendly and definitely won’t break the bank. Your mind is put at ease with 24-hour security patrolling the site, as well as, *gasp*, hot showers! But if camping just isn’t your thing and you’d prefer a little more comfort, there’s plenty of hotels such as the Allingham Arms Hotel and the Central Hotel Bundoran situated nearby.
As well as the fact that there’s music to suit everyone, there’s also a variety of activities to suit us all at Sea Sessions. Every year they hold their “Barefoot Beach Olympics”, with events ranging from soccer to skating. Their World Cup style beach soccer is always a firm favourite, with a free drink for each team member included as well as a hefty cash prize for the winner. There can be a maximum of eight players on each team, and the tournament runs on Saturday and Sunday. Beach tag rugby is another popular activity, as you can register alone or as a team. The winners are even invited to the Barefoot wine bar for the presentation of their cash prize when the competition is over. Beach volleyball also proves to be a hit with the festival goers, but it also sees a mix of seasoned volleyball players from all over Ireland competing.
Sea sessions is also host to retro surfing and bodyboarding, ultimate Frisbee and skating, but the most popular activity by far is surfing. Sea Sessions is well known for this, and has the biggest prize in Irish surfing. It attracts the best names in the sport from all over Europe, and is the core focus of the festival. The top ten surfers in Europe are invited, and flown in to take part in the event.
As if there weren’t already enough reasons to attend Sea Sessions, they also sponsor a charity every year. This year they’ve chosen Rory Gallagher’s “Wish To Walk”. Rory was born in August 2012 in Sligo, named after the World Renowned Rock ‘n Blues Guitarist – Rory Gallagher. Eight months on, little Rory was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, and his parents were told that he would never walk. But his family were not prepared to give up, and discovered an American Nurologist, Dr. T.S Park who informed them that his team in Missouri, USA could undertake an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy that will enable Baby Rory to walk. Sea Sessions are helping to raise money for this.
At only €124.50, you really do get your money’s worth with a weekend ticket. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely hoping to attend after reading about the fantastic line-up, wide range of activities and Sea Session’s generous association with charity. A peaceful night’s sleep isn’t guaranteed, but a great weekend certainly is.