Lisdoonvarna goes country this September

From: Hydro Hotel
Published: Wed Jan 10 2018

The biggest stars of the Irish country music scene will headline this year’s ‘Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival’ in September.

Mike Denver, Nathan Carter will perform on the opening weekend of the festival on the 1st and 2nd September, with Lisa McHugh headlining on the 8th and 9th September. Both acts will play in the marquee in the sports field.

The event, follows the storming success of last year’s first big country music weekend in the village – which saw thousands of people flock to North Clare to see Nathan Carter and Derek Ryan.

"There is such a huge demand for country music in Ireland at the moment that we decided to go all out and double our event to include two big country music weekends", said Marcus White, Managing Director of the White Hotel Group.

"There’s been a huge demand for these tickets this year and we are nearly sold out. We are asking people if they still want to come to buy tickets on or in the Spar, Hydro or Imperial hotels. Don’t leave it to the last minute as these tickets will be gone."

"Country Music has brought a whole new young audience to the festival - it has rejuvenated the event and has been a massive success for Lisdoonvarna. It has really put us back on the map in a big way."There is no other event in Ireland that runs for 6 weeks and attracts over 80,000 people."

This year’s festival is jam packed with entertainment, with music and dancing in all venues in the town from 11am in the morning to late. The traditional dance weekends are on the 15th-16th September, 22nd -23rd September and 29th- 30th September featuring some of Ireland’s leading show bands will play at the Hydro and Imperial Hotels.

These include Teddy and Cathal Barry, Outa Diesel, Blue Ridge Country, Midnight Run, Michael Sexton, PJ Murrihy, Pat Dowling and the Lisdoonvarna Showband. The popular tea dances at the historic Spa Wells are back again this year between 12-2pm with Larry McEvoy and his band.

Media interest in the festival is at an all-time high, with three RTE programmes filming at the festival this year. RTE’s flagship programme Nationwide will be in the village for the first weekend of the festival, followed byReality TV star Vogue Williams who will be filming a new series called ‘Sugar Daddies’ on the 9th September. Finally TV presenter Frances Brennanis back in Lisdoonvarna on the 10th September to film an episode of ‘At Your Service at the Spa wells.

The historic complex spa has been undergoing a revamp in the past few months and Francis, who is single recently revealed he ‘might get lucky’ at the festival.
Mr White said: "Lisdoonvarna is growing in stature every year; we are a small village with a big festival and this is reflected by the amount of national and international interest we continue to attract.

"The reason for the big interest in traditional matchmaking is quite simple. Online dating has taken over the simple face-to-face interaction between human beings. People need to communicate with others in order to be happy, otherwise they become distant, sad and lonely. This is why the festival is growing ten-fold.

"Of course we can’t forget how important the internet is to our lives, but it should only be used as a tool."

The Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival which kicks off on the 1nd September and runs for five weeks until the 8th October, concluding with ‘The Outing’ LGBT festival. For more information on the festival, go to

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