Townlands Carnival announce first acts for 2018 festival

UK legends Leftfield have been announced as Townlands Carnival 2018’s first headliners.

They are set for a modern contemporary DJ set and will be joined by Irish festival legends-in-the-making King Kong Company, along with a Ghetto Funk Takeover featuring Stanton Warriors, JFB, WBBL & Ghetto Funk Allstars.

Townlands takes place at Rusheen Farm, Co Cork, this July and brings together music, art, circus and carnival.

The festivities are set to take place on July 20 - 22.

King Kong Company

"We’re absolutely delighted to be back in 2018 and are excited to begin a partnership with Rising Sons Brewery this summer," said festival organiser, Sam Beshoff.

"The response to Townlands 2017 was phenomenally positive and as well as bringing back many of the features that proved to be a hit already, we are hoping to add some new treats for our followers this July."

Now in its fourth year, the purpose-built Townlands’ village brings together a celebration of artists from all disciplines and expertise on five stages.

This year Townlands is joined by renowned dance music influencer, Leftfield, for a proper schooling in electronic music by innovator Neil Barnes.

Leftfield released one of the biggest dance albums in history, Leftism, and Barnes has been described as being part of “the single most influential production team working in British dance music”.

Townlands is also partnering up with Ghetto Funk, a multi-award winning UK label, agency and event crew.

On the bill include Stanton Warriors, revered for “crafting a deeper, bass-driven sound, turning heads across all genres.” Alongside them three times UK DMC Champion JFB joins the takeover.


WBBL joins the crew too and after touring with Slamboree his style of funky glitch hop and bass heavy anthems will no doubt see the dance floor moving.

Finally, the Ghetto Funk Allstars join the crew, showing how it’s done, Ghetto Funk style.

It wouldn’t be a carnival without a healthy dose of Sea-Soaked Gypsy Folk which The Eskies encompass.

The Latchikós join the sounds of the Sibín bringing wild fiddle playing, driving Gaelic beats and comical lyrics which combines to give new sound in the colourful tapestry of World music.

The reggae and dub lineup will be announced shortly with Worries Outernational and Rub-a-Dub HIFI bringing the noise. With a dedication to the roots and dub sounds of the island, Rrradio Gee are a welcome addition to the line up; a force to be reckoned with bringing their sounds of Psyco-Celtic-Country-Reggae!

Cork music will as always be well represented at Townlands with Spekulativ Fiction, Lowli, Damsel, Dry Roasted Peanuts, Bailer and Order of the Mess in the first volley of announcements.

The Village Green, which includes the Village Hall, Big Bubbles Kids Area and Craft area, will inspire and ignite ideas as workshops, talks and performances are hosted.


By Denise O’Donoghue

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