Cois Fharraige

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For the location in County Galway, see Gaeltacht Cois Fharraige.
Cois Fharraige
Genre Surf music
Dates 11–13 September
Location(s) Republic of Ireland Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland
Years active 2007–present

Cois Fharraige was a three-day Irish surfing and music festival, first held in Kilkee, County Clare in 2007. The name is derived from the Irish language phrase meaning "beside the sea". It was notable as Ireland's first surfing and music festival and was a joint project between MCD and Sony Ericsson.[1] The 2008 event was held from 5–7 September.

2007 festival[edit]

The 2007 event took place from 7–9 September in Kilkee, County Clare.

The first set of bands announced to play included Ocean Colour Scene, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Republic of Loose, The Blizzards, Kíla, Tom Baxter, Róisín Murphy and Buffalo Souljah.[1] Within days, Badly Drawn Boy and The Enemy were added to the line-up.

The event ran on an invitation only basis, for surfers with a required standard of surfing. An invitation was issued from The West Coast Surf Club to all suitable applicants. The surf event offered 48 competitive places to applicants.[2]

2007 line-up[edit]

Fun Lovin' CriminalsThe BlizzardsRóisín MurphyMajella MurphyPeter O' Connell and Ferret FriendsSrah SLUH RooneyPaddy CaseyOcean Colour SceneRepublic of LooseThe Enemy28 CostumesThe KinetiksBadly Drawn BoyKílaTom BaxterBuffalo SouljahDelorentosNewton Faulkner.

2008 festival[edit]

Cois Fharraige 2008 took place from 5–7 September in Kilkee, County Clare. It was headlined by Travis, Supergrass and The Zutons. Also appearing were The Futureheads, Seasick Steve, The Coronas, Cathy Davey, Kíla, Starsailor, Ocean Colour Scene and 28 Costumes.[3] Early Bird three-day festival tickets cost €79.50 until 11 August and after that prices rise to €89.50. Tickets went on sale at 09:00 on Friday 13 June.[4] They had sold out by 28 August. There were no day tickets on sale in 2008. Travis's headlining set received an honourable mention on RTÉ's Gigs of 2008 list.[5]

2008 line-up[edit]


The ZutonsThe FutureheadsThe CoronasThe Kanyu TreeSupergrassSeasick SteveKílaThe Broken Family Band28 CostumesTravisStarsailorNattyOcean Colour Scene's Simon and OscarThe Joe Brown Band

2009 festival[edit]

Cois Fharraige
Genre Surf
Dates 11–13 September 2009
Location(s) Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland

Cois Fharraige 2009 took place from 11–13 September in Kilkee, County Clare. On 13 May 2009, it was reported that MCD had applied for a licence to hold the festival.[7] It featured acts such as Doves, The Zutons, Newton Faulkner, Noah and the Whale, The Hold Steady, Stereo MCs, The Lightning Seeds and Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club.[8] The Blizzards and Laura Izibor were later added.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Surfing & Music festival set for Clare". 13 July 2007. Archived from the original on 25 May 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Badly Drawn Boy and The Enemy added to Cois Fharraige". 18 July 2007. Archived from the original on 25 May 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Live: Cois Fharraige Festival". State. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Supergrass and the Zutons do like to be beside the seaside.". Phantom FM. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Music Blog – Gigs of the Year". RTÉ. Retrieved 28 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Starsailor, Kíla, Natty for Cois Fharraige with Sony Ericsson". Hot Press. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "MCD apply for Cois Fharraige licence". Hot Press. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Cois Fharraige acts announced". Hot Press. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Blizzards & Laura Izibor join Cois Fharraige line-up". Hot Press. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009.