Sunday July 5, 2020

A shore thing: Ireland's surfing festival

Irish festivals are growing up, leaving the deathburgers and dodgy portaloos behind – and this trend is epitomised by Shore Shots, a cultured yet edgy event which takes place in Sligo later this month

9th April, 2017

Forget rivers of mud and struggling to find your battered tent in a sea of 10,000 other campers. Forget queuing for questionable burgers from whiffy vans and hour-long waits for putrid portaloos. Forget inebriated, welly-clad kidults in head-dresses and facepaints. Festivals are finally starting to grow up.

This year, there are more than 100 festivals taking place across Ireland, with many part of a new breed of ‘boutique festival’ catering to a more sophisticated palette and...

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