Monday, 20th August 2018
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Future looks bright for All Together Now festival

If the inaugural All Together Now festival is anything to go by, this event is a real contender!

Set in the sprawling and picturesque Curraghmore Estate in Portlaw and with the weather gods in benevolent mood, the sun shone down on some very happy revellers.

Organised by John Reynolds, who also founded Electric Picnic back in 2004, both he and his team can be proud of a job very well done as reviews from festival goers flooded social media. High praise was given for the layout and the array of acts on offer for young and old alike. Indeed, the family friendliness of the event was much appreciated and there were many first time festival goers in the kiddie areas. With so much on offer for them, they were well entertained and by the time it was the adult's turn to have some fun, most of the little ones were exhausted.

The average age of All Together Now clientele (minus the accompanying little ones) was estimated to come from the 30-50 group, giving the festival and more mature and definitely very chilled vibe.

With Acts such as Fleet Foxes, Underworld and Chaka Khan headlining, as well as a multitude on offer for fans of all kinds of music, food, comedy, arts and crafts, yoga, massage, there really was something for everyone. And even a walk around the estate taking in the very many little areas of interest and chill out zones was a treat. All kinds off creatures, some recognisable from Spraoi's gone by owls, goats, herons, swans dotted the paths along the way and lended a little bit of that Spraoi magic.

Of course both events were taking place the same weekend which gave some people a quandary, but numbers for both the new festival, and the stalwart Spraoi festival were impressive.

In a post on the official Facebook page, organisers of ATN had this message to share:

"Wow... we are extremely humbled and inspired by the people who made our maiden voyage so special. The atmosphere across the weekend was truly something to behold, you were respectful of each other, the beautiful landscape and wonderful performers."

They went on to thank Lord and Lady Waterford and their family, Waterford County Council, Tramore Gardai, Emergency Services, HSE, Spraoi, Bus Eireann, Curraghmore Estate staff and the people and businesses of Portlaw, as well as the hundreds of performers, partners, volunteers, artists, creators, from around the world who worked tirelessly to create this unique festival.

Well done all involved, we can't wait to see what you offer next year!

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