Liss Ard was a boutique festival long before any of today’s smiliarly styled festivals were conceived of. Held in the grounds of a beautiful sprawling estate outside Skibbereen in West Cork from 1997 to 1999 it attracted big acts such as Pulp, Will Oldham, Tindersticks, Nick Cave, Lou Reed and Patti Smith; along with hundreds of discerning punters. This August sees the return and rebirth of the Liss Ard Festival – an intimate camping festival with great music, inspiring literary works and a delicious healthy food fair.
Confirmed artists for the bank holiday festival include 70’s disco and funk legends Chic, Jamaican reggae greats Toots & the Maytals, local hero Mick Flannery playing one of only three shows in Ireland this summer with his recently-released third album ‘Red to Blue’ having spent four weeks at number 1 in the Irish album charts. Another of Ireland’s most gifted singer-song writers Lisa Hannigan and The Blue Nile frontman Paul Buchanan. The massively influential American songwriter Bob Mould and his band will perform Sugar’s classic Copper Blue album as well as some Husker Du classics. The Macrae Sisters are an old-time stringband based out of Portland, Oregon who combine a deep love of traditional music with top-notch musicianship. Veteran UK progressive folk singer and guitarist Roy Harper will also perform as will Interference, West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Tieranniesaur, Rhob Cunningham with many many more to be announced in the coming weeks and months. West Cork is a haven for artists from all over the world who have been drawn to this magical area because of its peace, tranquillity, charm and hospitality.
The muse is everywhere for writers and poets and we will celebrate this diversity with the addition of a Literary Stage at Liss Ard 2012. Situated in the heart of the West Cork food movement, the festival will also feature and pay tribute to the outstanding and creative food producers whose names are today synonymous with the best quality foods of Europe. West Cork boasts an un-spoilt countryside and a long, beautiful coastline, making it a natural haven for unique high quality foods.
A selection of festival treats will be on offer to cater for all tastes from handmade wood-fired pizzas to locally sourced barbecued meats to vegetarian stews and more, using selections of produce from locally made cheeses, artisan smoked fish, specialist charcuterie, baked goodies, and much more. With acres upon of acres of gardens and trails, woodland and lakeside walks, a waterfall garden, arboreturm, wildflower meadows and enchanting vistas around every corner - nature, the arts, music and fine food will come together in perfect harmony this August Bank Holiday weekend at Liss Ard. Camping tickets are available for those who wish to stay on site for the weekend and day tickets are available for those who just want to drop in to enjoy a lovely day out.