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Sligo Live 2007

The 2007 Sligo Live Festival will take place on the holiday weekend of October 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th!!!

SLIGO LIVE will soon be announcing an exciting line up which will be a "must go" for all fans of Irish and roots music.

This year will see many exciting innovations to the festival programme which will be filled with top quality music, energy and fun.

More info & booking at:

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Ireland’s wettest summer for years was awash with outdoor music festivals, but the folks at Sligo Live, now in it’s third year, have moved the gigs indoors and have put together a brilliant selection music and fun over the Halloween Bank holiday.

Sligo Live kicks off on Wednesday 24th October and runs over six days until Monday 29th October 2007 in a selection of Sligo venues. This must attend event has become a haven for discerning lovers of Irish and Root music in select intimate venues around Sligo. Its unique and individual fun events make it a perfect weekend for family and friends.

Tickets for Sligo Live are priced from €20 to €110 for a weekend pass and will go on sale on Wednesday 29th August from Ticketmaster and all usual outlets. More details will be posted soon regarding the festival line up, dates, ticket and accommodation information. Festival goers can also pre-register tickets by e-mailing us at .

This year’s festival sees Cuban legends The Buena Vista Social Club take to the stage to give a pulsating display of music that stirs the soul. They will be joined by Alabama 3 whose song Woke up this Morning earned them worldwide fame when it was chosen as the theme tune for The Sopranos. Also on the bill is the fantastical artist Duke Special and Trad favourites Dervish. In addition many pubs in Sligo will be exuding a fleadh-like atmosphere by holding free traditional music pub sessions throughout the weekend. With busking hot spots and competitions for budding newcomers on the streets of Sligo, the festival is sure to be awash with musical talent.

Other artists confirmed to perform at Sligo Live are: Belfast based new trad super group, At First Light, Jon Kenny’s hilarious comedy reflecting the quirky side of Irish life and the fascinating combo of Mary McPartland, Tommie Peoples and Steve Cooney. Other highlights of the weekend will include Roots Music Dance Mixes, a nightly Festival Club with performance and session stages, Exclusive Master Classes in Sligo Style Traditional Music, Street Theatre, set dancing ceili, the celebrated and prestigious Fiddler of Dooney competition and a number of additional acts to be announced.

The festival will include a number of fun filled events all the family can enjoy including; the infectious delight of Laughter Yoga, All Ireland Air Fiddle Competition (the trad version of air guitar) and Door Dancing - an age old Irish tradition whereby people swap the dance floor and take the door off its hinges instead. The exquisite French Market will be on hand to provide the best cuisine as well as local produce to tantalise taste buds.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy many of the year-round activities Sligo has to offer, including: Hill and Forest walks, Seaweed baths, Boating, Fishing, Surfing, Sailing, Camping, Golf, Music Archives, and an array of activities to tantalise young minds. Sligo’s Model Centre hosts a major Andy Warhol exhibition covering his highly inventive factory years.

The 2007 Sligo Live Festival takes place over the October Bank Holiday from Wednesday 24th - Monday 29th October 2007 and will reaffirm Sligo as the perfect place to be for this Halloween. Tickets for Sligo Live are priced from €20 for individual concerts to €110 for a weekend ticket and will go on sale on Wednesday 29th August from Ticketmaster and all usual outlets. E-mail us at for ticket pre-registration.

For further information contact:

Carmody Smith PR
Tel: 01 2602664/ 086 1741882

Alternatively, you can e-mail us at

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How much do you really know about Sligo Live and what happens over the six day period? Here are some fun facts about Sligo Live:

* Over 180 Hours of Music
* Over 155 Artists, Performers, Street Entertainers
* Over 1,140 Reels played
* Over 1,000 songs sung
* Over 640 Jigs played
* Over 16,404ft Feet of cable used by sound production
* Over 8,000 Feet of cable used by lighting production
* Over 6,700 Pints drank
* Over 4,100 Breakfasts consumed
* Over 4,500 meals served
* Over 9,500 Cups of coffee drank
* Over 100 people that will climb Knocknarea
* Over 1,800 people that will walk Rosses Point Beach
* Over 3000 bottles of water consumed
* Over 1200 bottles of wine consumed
* Over 2,500 sandwiches eaten
* Over 600 Seaweed baths taken
* Over 700 boat trips on Lough Gill
* Over 1,500 burgers devoured
* Over 250 Bins for keeping Sligo clean
* Over 2,500 walks on Strandhill Beach
* Over 1,500 visits to the grave of W.B Yeats
* Over 500 people will sing out of tune!
* Over 800 walks in Hazelwood
* Over 5000 New friends made
* Over 900 people that will buy a present for a friend at Sligo Live
* Over 1,800 Postcards and e-mails sent from Sligo Live
* Over 700 People will climb Benbulben
* Over 250 People will meet their life partners at Sligo Live
* Over 1000 People will become Air Fiddle genius’ at Sligo Live
* Over 500 Trips to the Coleman Centre in Gurteen
* … People will visit Sligo Live again… EVERYONE!

Sligo Live Festival is Ireland’s first volunteer-run festival on a large scale. The line-up is sure to entice any festival goer to the West of Ireland this Halloween.

The Buena Vista Social Club™, Alabama 3, Dervish, Duke Special, Beoga, At First Light, Prison Love, Tucan, Seamie O’Dowd, Tommy Peoples, Steve Cooney and Mary McPartland, Jon Kenny, Foy Vance and many more are some of the main stage and club performances at Sligo Live 2007.

There is fun lined up for all the family; with busking hot spots featuring buskers from around the country, The stunningly colourful Samhain Samba Parade from Cranmore, Free Face Painting, Animal Balloons, Laughter Yoga, Jugglers, Stilt Walkers, Street Theatre, Comedy including the outstanding Dave McSavage, The Galway Circus Project, Sligo Youth Theatre Circus, Puppets and Monsters, Door Dancing, Air Fiddle Competition, music and dancing on the streets and in Johnston’s Court and Quayside.

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