Spiegeltent adds new dimension to Wexford

By David Tucker

Published 22/09/2015 | 00:00

At the launch of the Spiegeltent Festival in The Crown Bar on Thursday evening were Muireann, Cathal, Carmen and Cathal O'Gara
At the launch of the Spiegeltent Festival in The Crown Bar on Thursday evening were Muireann, Cathal, Carmen and Cathal O'Gara
At the launch of the Spiegeltent Festival in The Crown Bar on Thursday evening were Kevin Frayne, Margeret Frayne, Claire Durack and Patrick Durack
John Warburton, Barry Ennis, Azaria Starfire, Joe Rooney, Mayor of Wexford Ger Carthy, Jack L and Brian Byrne.
Jim and Statia Staples at the launch.
Sharon Warburton and Caroline Godkin pictured at the launch.

the Spiegeltent Festival has added a new dimension to Wexford, the Mayor Cllr Ger Carthy said at the official launch of the 2015 Festival held at the newly-refurbished Crown Bar.

'Since 2012, we have been treated to an eclectic mix of contemporary music, comedy, theatre, food and business events throughout the festival's programme, welcoming thousands of locals and out-of-county visitors through its doors,' he told a gathering of partners and sponsors at the launch.

He said business generated by the Spiegeltent will fill our hotels and restaurants, and increase retail sales in the town as well as providing quality entertainment in a truly unique setting.

Guests at the launch were given a small taste of what's on offer at the 12-day festival, with the unmistakable, powerful voice of Jack L, comedy by Joe Rooney and a performance by Azaria Starfire.

Jack L returns to perform at the Festival for his fourth year in a row, on Thursday, October 22 and there are only a few tickets remaining.

Joe Rooney, best known for his roles in Father Ted and Killinaskully, is part of a unique night of comedy at the festival entitled 'The Spiegeltent Comedy All-Stars.' Taking place on Thursday, October 15, the bill also includes Fred Cooke and Karl Spain.

Other acts in the multi-genre line-up include The Stunning, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Al Porter, Delorentos, Johnny McEvoy, Corner Boy, South Sea Collective, Wexford Male Voice Choir, Mundy, Paddy Casey, The New Triangle and various theatrical performances. Some performances are already sold out - the iconic Albert Hammond, Bell X1, Steve Earle & the Dukes and the Saturday night Dylan Moran show.

'Ticket sales are well ahead of last year and with four shows sold out and only limited availability for several other shows, the Festival this year will be the most successful yet,' said Brian Byrne of Lantern Events, Festival organisers.

'The economic impact of the festival for Wexford last year was €3.5 million and with support from our sponsors and partners this is set to further increase this year. We'd also like to acknowledge the support and assistance from Wexford County Council and Visit Wexford,'

John Warburton, CEO of DoneDeal who are Title Sponsor of the Festival spoke at the event about the positive impact the Festival has created for Wexford business and people and how four years on it continues to go from strength to strength. Brian Cantwell of Diageo was MC at the event.

Wexford Spiegeltent Festival takes place from October 14 to 26. Tickets are available from the box office at 1 North Main Street, Wexford. Call 053-9199199 and from www.wexfordspiegeltent.com.

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