Another Irish summer festival, and this one might certainly be worth a gander. The State Of Mantua Music & Arts Festival is taking place in the perhaps unlikely surroundings of Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon, 13 - 14th July.
On the Main Stage will be Sultans Of Ping, 65 Days Of Static, Super Extra Bonus Party, Jinx Lennon, The Cedars and mercurial reggae legends The Skatalites. On the Reggae Stage will be, well, reggae. There will be an Alphabet Set Stage aiming to blend the best of the Irish scene with the unknown and exciting from across the globe, with the emphasis being on party vibes. There will be a Project Tent with audio/visual presentations, graffiti and performance pieces. There will a Cinema, run in association with Future Shorts, the largest short film network in Europe, offering up a fascinating collection of the eclectic and electric. Oh, and there will be a few art installations scattered about the joint too.
Best of all? Tickets are only €50 for the weekend. And if you want to do it on the cheap you can volunteer to work for the weekend... Pay for your ticket, do 10 hours work at the festival over two days, and then get the ticket price fully refunded. Not bad. Not bad at all.