The Weston Irish Festival began in 2000 as a one-day event which drew an attendance of 1500 people. As the first act took the stage, on what had been a beautiful morning, the clouds rolled in and by the end of the day had dumped three inches of rain on the festival. In the true spirit of the Irish however, the audience stuck it out, the musicians did all they could by playing impromptu sets wherever there was a reasonably dry spot in between the rain showers, and everyone managed to still have a great time.
Since then the event has grown to a three-day festival and has featured many of the greatest acts in Irish Music including, The Dublin City Ramblers, The Makem/Spain Brothers, Young Dubliners, Seven Nations, The Elders, Screaming Orphans, Connie Dover, The Prodigals, The Mickey Finns, The Fenians, and Brigid’s Cross. The attendance has experienced a steady growth to about 10,000 people in 2010, which is a lively crowd but still retains the intimate feel of a small town festival.
About the Venue
The venue for the Weston Irish Festival is the underground cellars of the Weston Brewing Company at O’Malley’s Pub, the America Bowman Restaurant, and the pub’s adjacent outdoor Courtyard and Patio. The main Courtyard Stage is surrounded by a grassy area which provides a relaxed atmosphere for blankets and lawn chairs and it’s gentle slope creates a natural amphitheater offering everyone a great view of the stage as well as great sound. A large tent in the back of the area provides shade and shelter.
The three indoor cellars provide two stages of entertainment and offer a truly intimate atmosphere which allows the artists to offer a completely different pub show as compared to the festival sets that they perform on the outdoor stage.
2018 Weston Irish Festival
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