Roll on next year.
It Takes A Village came to a close in a blaze of fireworks in Trabolgan yesterday, marking the end of the first full weekend festival to be held in Ireland in 18 months.
While the festival’s capacity was limited to 500 people due to pandemic restrictions, festivalgoers lucky enough to have secured the sold-out chalets on the 121-acre site had an absolute blast.
The limited crowd enjoyed live performances from acts such as Houseplants, Gemma Dunleavy, Shiv, Blindboy, Those Nervous Animals, Nealo, Fish Go Deep, Royal Yellow, John Francis Flynn and Aoife Nessa Frances, as well as comedians like Emma Doran, Sinéad Quinlan and Cornelius The Comic, not forgetting the event’s famous pool party.
DJs Aoife NcCanna, Eddie Kay, DJ Dandelion and Stevie G hit the stage too, as well as circus performers, cabaret stars and drag artists.
Festival organisers Ed O’Leary and Joe Kelly said it was “amazing to see the joy experienced at It Takes A Village this weekend” after a tough year for the industry and revelers alike.
“We knew it was going to be a great weekend but we’ve had people come up to us telling us it’s the best version of the festival they’ve ever experienced.” the duo said in a statement.
“We get a lot of repeat visitors so that really is an amazing endorsement. We’re so grateful to everyone who came to experience this magic with us this weekend and to all the artists, crew and staff at Trabolgan Holiday Village who have worked so hard to make it happen.”
“We’re also very grateful to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for helping us make this event a reality,” they added.