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Our Festival

NUMBER NINE.
West of the Bann, born and raised
In the farmyard was where I spent most of my days
Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
And all shootin some pheasants in the hols from school

When a couple of bands who were up to no good
Started rocking haysheds in my neighbourhood
I got in one little moshpit and my mom got scared
She said ‘You’re not going back there – sounds like a riotously fun weekend of excellent music’

Past Festival Reviews

Chordblossom covered last year’s festival in some depth both with pictures and text (and a video of Skeletons).  You should check it out here, if you really have no idea what the festival is like.  Our top tip is to buy a ticket and come down anyway.  We reckon you’ll have fun.

Basics

We operate a zero-drugs policy.  That means no illegal substances.  Coffee is fine.  Cigarettes are bearable, but it’s a terrible habit that makes you smell awful and look menacing.
The festival is open to all ages, with the strict proviso that anyone aged 17 and below is accompanied by a responsible adult.
Pets are not permitted: this is a festival for humans (as so many festivals are).
Access to venues and the campsite will only be granted with a weekend or day pass.  Camping is only available to those with a full weekend ticket.

Sleep

Nothing beats camping under the stars, except maybe staying in a warm, homely building.
Nearby B&B and self-catering accommodation include The Watermill at Kilmore QuayAisling HouseLeander Lodge and many others that Google is fairly clued in about.

Directions

Our post code is BT92 5AQ.  You probably have a smartphone or a SatNav.  If not, please join us in the second decade of the 21st century, or ask your grandchild to accompany you/ give you a lift.

Otherwise:

From Belfast, take the M1 towards Enniskillen. After passing through Fivemiletown take the turn-off for Brookeborough. At the mini roundabout turn right, then take the left before the Pentecostal church. At the junction with the green bus shelter on the left, turn left. At the end of the road cross the junction and follow signs for car parking.

From Enniskillen, take the A4 towards Belfast.  At Maguiresbridge, take the exit towards Lisnaskea.  Before St. Mary’s Primary School, take the road to the left towards the Knocks.  At the first crossroads, keep going straight.  At the second crossroads, cross the junction and follow the signs for car parking.

From Derry/Londonderry, move to Belfast and follow the directions from there.

Transport

Car pooling is a handy option to make it on down to the farm, but if you prefer otherwise:
Plane – Belfast International, Belfast City and City of Derry Airports are all within 90 minutes drive. If you’re planning on bringing the private jet, Enniskillen Airport isn’t far at all.
Bus - The closest public transport is operated by Ulsterbus, with Route 261 stopping off at Maguiresbridge on the way to/from Belfast/Enniskillen. From Maguiresbridge, taxi or a pleasant dander in the countryside for 3-4 miles will bring you to the farm.
Hoverboard - Ride alongside the train to save Clara from falling off the railway bridge whilst Marty goes back to the future. In the future you’ll have two kids.