The turn-of-the-century harbour that provides a bosom to the gloriously decadent Salty Dog once again comes to life – if ‘life’ is the right word for the kind of riff-raff that frequent this miscreant port. The strawberry-nosed Captain of the Salty Dog, with his ship wheezing under the weight of several years of rusty service as a stage for homeless musicians, re-aquires the buoys from the pawn shop, collects unclaimed lobster pots from a man in a van near Enniscorthy, and scavenges sails at midnight from a ship yard skip….
The shipwreck is ready – in all her glory – for business. Multitudes of bands brave her scurvy-infested timbers to give raucous music to the sea, and gentle hope to the crew of pickled meat and porter.
The harbour buildings around the ship don’t sleep on the job either: hustlers, rustlers, duckers and divers lower the tone with toothy grins, doing anything at all to turn a dime – Blood spatters from the crude dentist shop, tattooed giants arm-wrestle girls for ale, grime-covered merchants hawk smoked fish and contraband oysters, warty ladies mend fishing nets and croak shanties at each other, and unqualified doctors offer guidance for unsavoury medical complaints. Indeed a new quarantine area has been set up to isolate those suspected of Cholera, Pox or other less glamorous afflictions, and a newly-introduced custom’s border control is in the works.
Among the bands taking to the decks of this fallen 40-tonne French vessel are the explosive wild men of Otherkin, ska-mongers Bionic Rats, Interskalactic and Skatesques, and huge welcome back to the woods for our favourite Cathy Davey. Then there are the really noisy ones: The eponymous Mick Pyro and Pete Pamf (aka Shogunz of Skank), the bare-chested busking riot that is the Galway Street Club, the Bronx-Cuban Londoners who belt out gypsy ska Dr Schwamp, sea-soaked folksters The Eskies, 70s-style art rock from Five Grand Stereo, the out-of-work lunatics Jobseekerz, urban punk poet Jinx Lennon, the punky stage anarchists Pogueology, the maiden voyage for the high-octane men of Mullingar The Blizzards; we welcome State Lights and Keywest to our humble forest, along with the upbeat melodies of Katie Laffan, a burst of sunshine from Track Dogs, the incredible discovery of Modern Love, the Motown-worship of Bronagh Gallagher …. and very, very special visits to the festival’s beloved shipwreck by no less than six Main Arena acts….
OTHERKIN – KATIE LAFFAN – GALWAY STREET CLUB – THE BLIZZARDS – JINX LENNON – DR SCHWAMP – THE ESKIES – FIVE GRAND STEREO – TRACK DOGS – KEYWEST – BRONAGH GALLAGHER – THESE CHARMING MEN – INTERSKALACTIC – THE UNELECTABLES – SHOGUNS OF SKANK – THE PALE – STATE LIGHTS – BIONIC RATS – ROADHOUSE DOORS – MUTEFISH – JOBSEEKERZ – POGUEOLOGY – SKATUESQUES – MODERN LOVE – SQUARE PEGS – HUX AND THE HITMEN – THE WEDNESDAY GANG – TONY VILLIERS AND THE VILLAINS – THE SALTY DOG NO STARS – MONTAUK HOTEL
……………….AND HALF A DOZEN SECRET GIGS BY MAIN ARENA ACTS THAT YOU WILLL JUST HAVE TO STUMBLE UPON
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