Thurles is gearing up for it’s new summer Arts Festival which also incorporates the Revive music concert, both of which kick off this weekend in the Cathedral Town.
The inaugural Revive Festival will see top headline acts perform all day long in Thurles Racecourse on Saturday next August 6th, with Mundy being the star attraction alongside the likes of Whipping Boy, Ryan Sheridan, Bi Polar Empire, Royseven, Ham Sandwich, local band Jester, and many more.
Without doubt Revive will be the highlight of the ten day summer festival designed to create a sense of positivity and to bring people into the area to enjoy some good old Thurles hospitality.
A full production and event management team has been very busy preparing to run the Revive Music Festival which will be seen as similar to the great Feile events of the 90’s. The idea to resurrect a music spectacular in Thurles was the brainchild of Cllr Jim Ryan who has received the full backing of the committee from the moment he brought the idea forward. Two Mile Borris man Mark O’Dwyer is the Event Manager for Revive and has used all his experience of such events to ensure that everything is in readiness for the off.
The Thurles Arts and Music Festival will run from Friday August 5th until Sunday August 14th and has taken on board the arts and music elements of the very successful Halloween Arts Festival. After much consultation, the organising committee spearheaded by Councillors Jim Ryan and David Doran, decided to fill the local summer festival void by establishing the Thurles Arts and Music Festival. The Halloween Festival will continue as usual but with more of an emphasis on the Halloween theme.
“An awful lot of work has been undertaken over the last few weeks to get us to the situation where are all ready to proceed with the Revive Festival now. It has been a very busy time and we are thrilled to have gotten some of the biggest groups in Ireland to come and play the festival. There has been a huge amount of interest in it and our website has gotten hits from all over the country as well as the UK and all over Europe. We have a limited capacity of 5,000 so I would be encouraging people to ensure that they have bought their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment ,” said committee Chairman, Cllr Jim Ryan.
Apart from the big event in Thurles Racecourse, the committee also has a range of activities organised over the course of the Arts festival including poetry readings, lunchtime classical music recitals,family shows, art exhibitions, childrens workshops, comedy and drama sketches, Battle of the Bands and much more. Saturday 13th will be a big day with the Parnell Street car park to be given over to street entertainment, BMX stunt shows, break dancers, trackless trains, music, bouncy castles, outdoor ice rink and a whole range of other activities which will keep all the family entertained.
“This is the biggest thing to hit Thurles, in terms of a festival, since the Feile, and we anticipate that it will generate a huge amount of revenue from visitors over the course of the ten days, but especially during the Revive Festival. We see it as being a very positive development for the town and we hope that it will help to lift the spirit a little. We could not have undertaken this though, without the help of our very many sponsors, especially North Tipperary Leader Partnership and Thurles Town Council, and we express our thanks to them all,” Jim Ryan said.
The committee, which has the support of Shannon Development and Failte Ireland, are hoping that this festival will become an annual event for Thurles that will place it on the map as a major summer tourist destination.
Extensive consultations with clubs, organisations, local groups and residents have taken place by way of preparation for the festival with the commitee, also comprising Pat Dunican, Ellen Martin, Pat Carey, TJ Shelly and Charles Martin, working very hard at the present time in conjunction with Mark O’Dwyer who has been invaluable in terms of advice and expertise in relation to the music element of Revive.