The Deep South Music Festival in Port St Mary is gearing up for its second year and will be the biggest music get-together in the island this year with plenty also on offer for those who aren’t into music.
‘Last year we showcased over 43 live bands and we envisage topping that this year with every corner of the island represented, plus some special friends from across,’ said organiser Chris Carr.
‘Building on our brilliant debut last year we have listened to feedback on what people would like to see in a music festival and we feel we have responded in abundance.
‘Our ambitious plans (are) to put on the best music festival ever held, in a cow field!’
A highlight will be an appearance by British guitarist and The Who collaborator Simon Townshend, who will bring gigs on the Sure Main stage to a close on Saturday evening.
Chris said: ‘We are so proud to have signed up someone of Simon’s stature from the music world and experience of playing festivals around the world.
‘Simon has also mentored our very own star Chris Gray, when Chris has been in the UK’s capital, so I think it is only fitting that we should give Simon a great Manx welcome when he comes to our lovely island!’
Jacqui Carroll will bring her very own Ready Steady Go from Dublin-based boradcaster RTE to the alternative tent on Saturday evening. This promises to cover the best soul, 1960s and ska music.
The alternative stage will be concluding on Saturday night with Christian Sterio and friends Source of Gravity, who are currently playing in Philadelphia, performing remixes of 1980s music.
There is also entertainment for the non-musically minded such as Arbory Players performing a mid-summer panto and there will be a lecture on archaeological digs.
For the children there is Dolittle’s petting farm with Sandy Huyton and Robbie, son of the world’s biggest rabbit, plus some storytelling. Switched On Events will supply rides for the children, and on Sunday rides will be free for all children courtesy of Port St Mary Commissioners.
The Vikings of Mann lead the procession to start the festival from Port St Mary Town Hall at 11.45am on Saturday. The Vikings will be residents for the weekend, giving a lovely insight in to Viking life along with some gruesome battles.
The Manx culture marquee will be showcasing the art of sewing with workshops for all.
Carpentry will be showcased by Gavin Carter who, along with running children workshops, will be making a Viking monument.
Chris said: ‘This is only a small insight into what we guarantee will be a magnificent weekend here at Ballagreggan field in Port St Mary on August 23 and 24.
The festival starts at 10.30am this weekend in stone field at Ballacreggan Farm.
Tickets for a day, at £10 for a family, £5 an individual and £2 for under 16s and pensioners, are available from the Welcome Centre, Sea Terminal, Douglas; Patchwork Cafe,Port St Mary; Deli Bar, Castletown; Thompson Travel, Port Erin; Celtic Gold,Peel; and Northern Lights, Ramsey.
Proceeds will go to the MS Society and Scoill Phurt le Moirrey’s ShelterBox Appeal
For updates, see the Deep South Music Festival page on Facebook.