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Coordinates: 52°16′36″N 8°15′52″W / 52.276607°N 8.264401°W / 52.276607; -8.264401

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Indiependence Logo
Location(s) Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland
Years active 2006–present
Date(s) August Bank Holiday Weekend
( 29 to 31 July 2011)
Genre Indie Rock

INDIEPENDENCE is an annual Irish indie-rock music festival, that takes place in Mitchelstown in County Cork. In its early incarnation, the festival was billed as Ireland's only free independent music festival.[1] However, the festival disposed of its free status in 2009 by charging for entry.[2] The festival was sponsored by Guinness and Cork's Red FM up until 2007 with Bavaria taking over a main sponsor in 2008 and Molson Canadian joining in 2013. Red Bull joined as sponsor in 2009.


INDIEPENDENCE developed from a festival which occurred in Mitchelstown, namely the Mitchelstown Music Festival, from the early 1990s until 2004 and featured both Irish acts and international acts such as Coolio, Dannii Minogue and Eamon.[3] High ticket prices meant the festival ran into difficulties so Shane Dunne, who is now the organiser, organised a free festival in 2006. He was joined by a number of close friends and volunteers and when 10,000 people turned up to watch The Blizzards headline in 2008, Dunne decided the festival needed to expand the following year.[3] A company was formed amongst Shane and friends and Curve Music Management was formed by Shane Dunne, Kieran Walsh, John Finn, Mark Noonan and Michael Maher. The 2009 festival included several stages, a campsite, admission fees and a 4,500 capacity as a result.[3] The site which currently hosts the festival can hold up to 20,000 people, with only potential licencing difficulties dissuading INDIEPENDENCE from making maximum use of the site.[3]

2006 festival[edit]

The 2006 festival was a two-day affair taking place on Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 August. It was headlined by The Proclaimers, The Sultans of Ping FC and The Frank and Walters. Hybrasil also played at the festival. It was hampered by terrible rainfall and it was a key factor in the decision to move the festival to a green field site[2]

2006 line-up[edit]

[3] Saturday 5 August – 8pm

The Proclaimers


The Iron Jelloids

Sunday 6 August – 2pm

The Sultans of Ping FC


Fair Verona

Eve of Mind

The Vital Spark

Sunday 6 August – 8pm

The Frank and Walters

The Chalets

Lotus Lullaby

2007 festival[edit]

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Ham Sandwich at the Mitchelstown festival in 2007.

The 2007 festival took place from Friday 3 August until Monday 6 August. Editors had previously been rumoured to appear on the Sunday night of the 2007 festival but organisers have confirmed that – although talks were held with the band – the Birmingham quartet did not play. Their rumoured headline slot was instead filled by co-headliners Delorentos and Director. Republic of Loose headlined on Friday, followed by The Sultans of Ping FC on Saturday. The Monday night saw the bill dominated by world music acts, with Niwell Tsumbu and Harry J & The Conspiracy performing. [4] Other bands to play included Ham Sandwich [5], The Chapters, The Aftermath, Fight Like Apes and [esta Varro. An acoustic stage was yet to be announced.

2008 festival[edit]

Indie-pendence 2008, like previous years, took place at New Square in Mitchelstown, County Cork from 1–3 August. Plans to change the event into a three-day green site festival with full camping facilities were put on hold until 2009. Amongst the performees were The Blizzards, Cathy Davey, Ham Sandwich, The Flaws, Fight Like Apes, The Chapters, Dirty Epics, Alphastates, |Travega, Gemma Hayes, Giveamanakick, Sweet Jane, The Laundry Shop, Hope is Noise, Fred, The Kinetiks, The Aftermath, Vesta Varro, New Amusement, Rulers of the Planet, and Supermodel Twins. Entry was free.[4][5]

2009 festival[edit]

Mundy (pictured) performed in 2009.

The 2009 festival was held on 1–2 August at a 5,000 capacity green field located five minutes from Mitchelstown. The festival was launched on 14 May, with Super Furry Animals and Ocean Colour Scene named as headliners.[2][6] Other acts announced at this time were Delorentos, Mundy, Messiah J & The Expert, The Aftermath, Travega, 202s, Dish Go Deep, The Chapters, The Blizzards, Director, The Frank and Walters, Vesta Varro and Fred.[6] There were three stages.[2]

Tickets went on sale on 16 May, priced at €39 for one day and €59 for the weekend.Locals in Mitchelstown were able to buy the 2-day ticket for 39 euro[2][6]

Camping details were announced on 8 July 2009 and include facilities for as many as 300 people and flushing toilets.[7] The campsite was officially announced on 17 July 2009.[8]

Stages include the Bavaria Main Stage, the Cyprus Avenue Arena (with an 800 capacity) and the Red Bull Village.[9]

2010 festival[edit]

The 2010 festival ran 31 July and 1 August

Festival site[edit]

In 2010 Indiependence was held on a new site. The site is 40 acres (160,000 m2) situated at Deer Farm under a mile from the centre of Mitchelstown. The site which is a combination of grassland and hardcore is located on a limestone basin at the foot of the Galtee mountains. This means its dry and when it does rain, it drains well. The number of stages also increased in 2010 to 4 covered stages.

Bavaria Main Stage:

The Bavaria Main Stage was a new 3,500 capacity permanent structure. Acts such as White Lies, Reverend and the Makers and The Coronas were amongst the 20 acts to perform on the Bavaria Main Stage.

The Cyprus Avenue Arena:

For years, Cyprus Avenue on Caroline Street in Cork has been known for breaking up and coming acts and bringing the best international bands to Cork. Their presence at Indiependence is no surprise. The Cyprus Avenue Arena saw top quality Irish acts like Delorentos, Jape & Duke Special as well as many upcoming acts from Ireland, the UK, Germany and Italy.

The Monster Mash:

The Monster Mash tent was presented by Monster Energy. The stage will saw a mix of rock, electro and DJ’s from mid afternoon to early morning.

The Square:

The Square was a new addition for 2010. This festival has its origins in the square in the centre of Mitchelstown so there is a bit of history in the name. The Square was a 1,000 capacity tent showcasing some of the best up and coming talent that Ireland has to offer, as well as housing the nightly Silent Disco


Camping in 2010 was onsite, less than 10 yards from the main arena entrance.

2010 line-up[edit]

The first batch of acts from the 2010 line-up was announced on 19 March 2010:[10]

Reverend and The Makers, The Coronas, Jape, Delorentos, Fred, Codes, The Chapters, Wiggle, O Emperor, Fish Go Deep, The Flaws, Yes Cadets, Abedesi Shank, The Riptide Movement, Panama Kings, Hoarsebox, Disconauts, The Vital Spark, Dashka, Heritage Centre, The Funeral Suits, Sweet Jane, Ghostcat, 202's, The Hot Sprockets, The Parade, Deaf Radio, Death Disco, DC Tempest, Autumn Owls, Ana Gog, Lady Doll.

Later acts to be announced included...

White Lies, who performed on the Sunday night...[11]

There were still 40 other acts to be announced...[11]

2010 Line Up so far (in alphabetical order)[12]

Adebisi Shank, Agbonlahor, Alabama 3, Alan Murphy, Alterousa, Ana Gog, And So I Watch You From Afar, Autumn Owls, Bonefide Federation, Clive Barnes, Codes, Darragh O'Sullivan, Dashka LIVE, DC Tempest, Deaf Radio, Death Disco, Deburca, Delorentos, Dirty Fix, Disconauts LIVE, Doctor Leaves, Dr. Feekenstein, Duke Special, Echogram, Fingersmith, Fiona Kiely, Fish Go Deep, Fred, Froud, Ghetto Amaretto, Ghostcat, Grand Pocket Orchestra, Grandmaster Cash, Harry J, Heritage Centre, Hoarsebox, Jape, Joe Echo, John Blek & The Rats, John Shelly & The Creatures, Karman Line, Ken Maloney & Darren O'Hara, Ladydoll, Loveless Lemon, Low Mountain, Marian Trapassi, Miracle Bell, Niamh Danger, O Emperor, Palko, Panama Kings, Preachers Son, Reverend and The Makers, Rose O'Reilly, Scuba Dice, Sean McKeown & Richie O'Gorman, Setmaker, Shouting at Planes, Sounds of System Breakdown, Storyfold, Suede Halo, Super Extra Bonus Party, Sweet Jane, The Chapters, The Coronas, The Flaws, The Funeral Suits, The Hot Sprockets, The Laughing Langers Comedy Club, The Making, The Minutes, The Parade, The Riptide Movement, The Turntable Instrumentalists, The Vital Spark, This Way Up, Time is a Thief, Tiny Little Minds, Underground Comedy Club, Waterford Collective DJ's, White Lies, Wiggle, Yes Cadets, Yesterdays Heroes.

Ham Sandwich, Oliver Cole, Planet Parade, Futures Apart, Miss Motif, Scimon Tist and Waterford's Yachtrock DJ crew were added on 12 July 2010.[13]

2011 Festival[edit]

The 2011 festival took place from 29 to 31 July. It was the first year that three days of music were available. The festival took place at Deer Farm, Mitchelstown.[14]

New additions[edit]

The 2011 Festival had new attractions including boutique camping.[15] The 2011 festival also included a new comedy tent.

2011 line-Up[edit]

And So I Watch You From Afar, Ash, Bats, Bipolar Empire, Boytonic DJs, Butterfly Explosion, Charles Webster, Colm Lougheed, Connect 5, Consumer Love Affair, Daft Funk, Dave Halligan, DC Tempest, Dead School, Deaf Joe, DJ Church & Gordo, Dry The River, Editors, Enemies, Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters, Gemma Hayes, Ivor Sweeney, Jogging, John Blek & The Rats, LAMP, Miracle Bell, Mucca, Not Squares, Palko, Róisín O, Ryan Sheridan, Sacred Animals, Seven Summits, Shouting at Planes, Silent Disco, Slow Motion Heroes, Storyfold, Suede Halo, The Calvinits, The Coronas, The Danger Is, The Frank & Walters, The Gold Standard, The Grunts, The Minutes, Toy Soldier, The North Sea, The Revenge, The Riptide Movement, Todd Terje, We Cut Corners, Yachtrock, Zombie Computer[16]

Comedy line-Up[edit]

Andrew Stanley, Cian McGarrigle, Damo Clarke, Edwin Sammon, Fred Cooke, Geo Show, Graham Storey, Grandmaster Cash & Dr Feekinstein, Joe Rooney, John Brennan, John Cronin, Ken Moloney, Pat O'Shea, Shane Hughes, Valerie Ni Loinsigh[16]


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