The second annual Midleton Music Fest will take place on Saturday, 19 August to fundraise for the East Cork Music Project (ECMP).
This year’s Midleton Music Fest will feature 30-something of Cork’s musical acts continuously performing on two stages from 12pm until late at An Teach Beag (Banner’s Bar) in Midleton. The event is free to attend with collection buckets available on the day for people to donate to the ECMP.
“It has built up momentum since last year,” said Eoghan Hennessy, bassist for August Walk and one of the main organisers of the Midleton Music Fest. “We will have some of Cork’s best acts and bands along with new bands, younger bands and the new ECMP participants. It will run from 12pm continuously throughout the day across two stages simultaneously. The outdoor stage will feature acoustic acts and we will have an indoor stage as well with performers on both at all times.”
The confirmed acts so far include August Walk, Colin Deady, Jamie Stanton, Myles Gaffney, Kaara, The Diviners, Hell for Leather, Mike Carey, the Moon Dogs, Round 2, Gaelic Brew, Wayne MacSweeney, Adam Tattan, Aaron McCarthy, Bad Reputation, the Two Dans, Dave Quirke, Unknown Legends, ECMP participants who will be joined by many more on the day. All acts are performing for free.
“It is organised by myself, Josh Spillane of and well-known Cobh musician Jamie Stanton who will be helping out with the technical side of things,” said Mr Hennessy. “It is free to attend but we will be having collections on the day for the ECMP. It is musicians helping out musicians. It is professional and semi-professional acts donating their time for free to help give a leg up for aspiring musicians.”
The ECMP, run by the Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service out of the Midleton Community Centre, aims to provide its participants, who range from 16-25 years old, with the skills and opportunities to progress to full time training or employment. With focus on music and art, its day-to-day modules include lessons on work experience, IT, CV making, social studies, music theory, various art modules, and a youth and community module.
At the inaugural Midleton Music Fest last August over two dozen established musicians were joined by a series of young up-and-comers offered their services for free, playing a marathon of gigs across indoor and outdoor stages to successfully raise more than €2,000 for the ECMP.
“We’d like to thank the people at Banner’s bar for hosting it and helping out,” said Mr Hennessy. “And we’d also like to thank Nicole Maguire, Clare Seymour and Wayne McSweeney at the ECMP for all the work they do. Hopefully people will show up and support the day as well as they did for last year’s Music Fest.”