Forfey Festival

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Forfey Festival
Forfey Festival
GenreFolk, rock, pop
DatesVary
Location(s)Forfey Farm
Lisnaskea
County Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Years active2006–2014
Founded byMatt Minford
Websiteforfeyfestival.co.uk

Forfey Festival was an annual music festival held on Forfey Farm near Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The festival was last held in 2014.[1] Each year's memorabilia (posters, flyers, social media and merchandise) featured a different animal as its theme, predominantly drawn by Neil Gillespie. 2014 was subtitled "Anno Rex", in memory of the farm's sole permanent resident, Rex.

History[edit]

Forfey Festival was founded in 2006 by Matt Minford, bassist and vocalist of SixStarHotel.[2] His family (still) own Forfey Farm, and for a number of years it had lain largely unused.[3] For the first two years of the festival's existence, Minford was unable to obtain an entertainments licence for the farm, and so musical performances were held at other locations in Fermanagh, while the farm hosted arts exhibitions and camping. From 2008, the whole festival was held on Forfey Farm.[3]

Location[edit]

Forfey was held on a small family farm. While the festival was in progress, one field hosted camping and one field, car parking. Music venues included three sheds (known as the Hayshed, Lie-To, and The Pit) and a cottage attic (known as "The 1951"). Various outbuildings hosted mixed-media visual art exhibitions and film screenings.[4]

Lineups[edit]

Forfey Festival featured artists/bands
Year Dates Location Artists / Bands
2006[5] 24–26 August Enniskillen
2007[6] 2–5 August Enniskillen
2008[7] 8–10 August Forfey Farm
2009[8][9] 7–9 August Forfey Farm
2010[10] 6–8 August Forfey Farm
2011[11][12] 5–7 August Forfey Farm
2012[13][14] 3-5 August Forfey Farm
2013[15] 9-11 August Forfey Farm
  • Alana Henderson
  • Amidships
  • Arborist
  • Axis Of
  • BeeMickSee
  • Beulah Kim
  • Craig McConkey
  • Daithi O’Dronai
  • Ed Zealous
  • Enemies
  • Feet For Wings
  • Go Wolf
  • Hannah McPhillimy
  • Hologram
  • Jamie Neish
  • Joshua Burnside
  • Kasper Rosa
  • Katharine Philippa
  • Katie & The Carnival
  • Little Rivers
  • Mojo Fury
  • Patrick Gardiner
  • PigsAsPeople
  • Seven Summits
  • Skeletons
  • Sons of Burlap
  • Sons of Caliber
  • The 1930s
  • The Emerald Armada
  • The King Said
2014 1-3 August Forfey Farm

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Login • Instagram". Instagram.com. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  2. ^ McBride, Sam (24 August 2006). "New arts festival kicks off in Enniskillen". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News and Media. Archived from the original on 20 November 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b "An introduction to: Forfey Festival". thisfestivalfeeling.com. 27 January 2010. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  4. ^ McGarrigle, Amy (9 August 2010). "BBC – Across the Line: Forfey Festival 2010". bbc.co.uk. BBC Online. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  5. ^ McBride, Sam (31 August 2006). "Arts festival plans to get bigger". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News and Media. Archived from the original on 22 February 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Forfey Festival". fermanagh.gov.uk. Fermanagh District Council. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Forfey Festival 8th – 10th August 2008". fermanagh.gov.uk. Fermanagh District Council. 23 July 2008. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Forfey Line-Up Announced". iheartau.com. AU Magazine. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  9. ^ Saunderson, Sarah (13 August 2009). "Hundreds camp out at the family-run Forfey Festival". Impartial Reporter. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Adabesi Shank, LaFaro, Iain Archer & more for Forfey Festival". hotpress.ie. Hot Press. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  11. ^ McMorran, Carys (8 August 2011). "Forfey Festival". bbc.co.uk. BBC Online. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  12. ^ Lennox, Steve (August 2011). "Forfey Festival". iheartau.com. AU Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Music – Forfey Festival". forfey.co.uk. Retrieved 1 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Deadline Extension!". forfey.co.uk. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Music – Forfey Festival". forfeyfestival.co.uk. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.

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