by / April 20th, 2011 /

Festival roundup: Green Man, Sonar, Melt, Helium Music Festival, Open House, Éigse & Flat Lake

Green Man Festival has announced its lineup for the 19th-21st of August in the Brecon Beacons in Wales and it includes Iron & Wine , Fleet Foxes, Explosions In The Sky, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, James Blake, James Vincent McMorrow, Gruff Rhys, Lia Ices, Noah and the Whale, Oh Ruin, Villagers, Wild Nothing, Suuns, The Antlers, Holy Fuck and more.

German festival Melt! which takes place from 15th-17th of July has announced a load of additions including Addison Groove, Chase And Status, Cold War Kids, Duchess Says , Fake Blood (live), José González, The Knocks, Noah & The Whale, The Sound Of Arrows, These New Puritans , We Have Band and. Patrick Wolf. A three-day ticket for the weekend costs €104 plus booking fee and a €5 garbage deposit.

The Helium Music Festival takes place in Skelly’s Bar, Ballymahon, Co. Longford on June 11th. The festival is in aid of the Friedreichs Ataxia Society of Ireland. The lineup includes The Coronas, KÍLA, Ham Sandwich, Jamie Lawson, Jukebox Gypsy, Huey and the Hobgoblins, The Barley Mob and Tupelo.

Sonar announced the addition of James Murphy, Four Tet, Dizzee Rascal, Ghostpoet, oOoOO, Yelawolf, Tiga, Martyn and Radio Slave last week. Check out the upcoming Banter on The Sonar Story with festival representatives next Saturday April 30th as part of Bodytonic’s Beatyard.

Warpaint have been announced as the latest act for Belfast’s Open House festival. They play Wednesday Spring & Airbrake on 24th August 2011. Other acts lined up include Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, The Avett Brothers, Villagers, The Low Anthem, Caitlin Rose and more.

The 32rd year (!!!) of the Éigse Carlow Arts Festival takes place from June 10-19th 2011. It’s an all-encompassing affair which alongside an inflatable waterpark will see performances form The Duckworth Lewis Method,The National Chamber Choir and more.

Flat Lake Festival happens again from June 3rd to 5th in Hilton Park, Clones, County Monaghan. The Literary & Arts Festival 2011 will see the addition of “speachy soapboxing, tub-thumping tirades and dumbfounding debates to its traditional mix of literary and musical ‘no brow’ delights.” There will be an emphasis on politics and appearances from John Banville, Rosita Sweetman, Joe Queenan, Tom McIntyre, George O’Brien, Paul Murray, Anthony Cronin, Ulick O’Connor, Louis de Paor, Anne Haverty, Bob Quinn, Peter Murphy, Lelia Doolan, Gina Moxley, Michael Harding, Claire Kilroy, Ted McCarthy, Peter Trant and David Monaghan. Tickets are €75 plus fees for the weekend and we hear some big controversial names are to be confirmed.