by / June 30th, 2010 /

Lovin’ Life festival this weekend

The Lovin’ Life Festival (‘Ireland’s First Alcohol-Free Festival’) will take place this weekend in Sligo. While the festival aims to provide an entertaining weekend without mood-altering substances, it also specifically hopes to provide an outlet for those ‘in recovery, struggling with addiction or trying to support family and friends who may be addicted.’

The festival starts with Jack L in Calry Church on Thursday. On Friday night, Liam Lawton plays at Sligo Cathedral with the Cathedral Choir. Throughout Friday and Saturday, there is also the ‘Gettin’ Into It Gig’ at the Mount Shannon, featuring 20 bands: Elva, Jody Has a Hitlist, Aine O’Doherty, Seven Days, Identity Parade, Colm Lynch, Saving J, Star of the Sea, Tabby Callaghan, Keywest, Huey & The Hobgoblins, The Dead Flags, The Whatmans, Relief, The Gorgeous Colours, Flea Market Poets, Tucan, The Blue Choir, and one more TBA. Other activities include a Tri-A-Water-Sport event on Friday, a day of family games on Saturday, and traditional Punch & Judy Show on Sunday morning.

Lovin’ Life coincides with the first National Shared Platform Convention, also taking place this weekend in Sligo. The convention includes a -Leadership for Change’ seminar with the North West Alcohol Forum (NWAF), which seeks to ‘create a strategic view for the future of alcohol culture in the county.’

The full program is available at