By Rebekah O’Reilly
The launch of the brand new Going Coastal festival took place on Wednesday night, November 15 in The Mick Lally Theatre on Druid Lane.
Coming to Galway for the very first time from November 15-19, the Going Coastal festival is set to offer a range of music, with something to suit everybody.
The new celebration of music was set up with the aim to ‘contribute to an inclusive and sustainable vision for independent music’ in the West of Ireland, giving a platform to both established and emerging artists from the region.
Gathered in the cosy theatre buzzing with the sound of chatter and Yawlag’s musical touch was a group of people, delighted to see new life being bred into Galway’s music scene.
The event saw organisers thanking their many sponsors for their support, as they set out to organise a new festival with the aim of supporting new and emerging artists from Galway.
Speaking at the event, FlirtFM Manager Paula Healy shared her joy in contributing to the set up of the festival, noting that Galway has taken a hit in the last few years.
“Galway has taken a bit of a beating.” Paula said.
Continuing to share her love and passion about the artists and talent that comes out of Galway, Paula said it is “embarrassing how good music is in the West of Ireland”, with the Galway region producing names that cannot only compete on the national stage, but internationally too.
The festival is set to take place across ten venues in Galway City, and includes events curated by The Black Gate, A Modern Movement, Free House, Strange Brew, West Coast Punx, Gash Collective, Ar Ais Arís, Rough Cut, Yawlag Collective, That’s Life, Genuine Irish and youth music project Livefeed.
With entry ranging from free for some events to a maximum of €15 on the door, this is one weekend of Galway music that you won’t want to miss.
Going Coastal is funded by Galway City Council and the Galway City Creative Ireland Programme,
with support from the Galway County Creative Ireland Programme and Flirt FM.