Strawberry Fest 2012 is a new take on one of Irelands longest established town festivals and takes over the town of Enniscorthy in the Sunny South East of Ireland on the weekend of the 1-3 June 2012.
The latest additions to this year’s Strawberry Fest line – up is over flowing with some of the most talked about acts of 2012 along with British rockers STATUS QUO who play their only Irish show at the festival. They will be joined by Mullingar maestro BRESSIE, Galway’s finest rockers THE SAW DOCTORS, THE KANYU TREE all siblings from Salthill who performed at the festivals official launch party at the weekend in Enniscorthy, Waterford rapper ROB KELLY, epic trio THE MINUTES and many more.
Boogie rock, ultimate rock, psychedelic rock or all of the above just about sum up the sound of STATUS QUO. The first hit single ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’ reached Number 7 in 1968. THE QUO’S 1990 ‘Rockin’ All Over The Years’ album sold over 1.1 million units in Great Britain, attaining triple platinum sales status.
2012 is proving to be quite a year for X Blizzards guitarist and singer BRESSIE. He released his first solo single “Can’t Stay Young (Forever”) which received extensive airplay nationwide. Following this, saw the release of his eagerly awaited debut solo album “Colourblind Stereo”. Bressie currently joins fellow judges and musicians Sharon Corr, Brian Kennedy and Kian Egan on RTE The Voice.
THE SAW DOCTORS, currently flying high on a 29 date tour across America and Canada will return to Enniscorthy for their second year running. In 2011, Strawberry Fest was forced to close festival gates just as the band went on stage. Prepare to be blown away.
They recently returned from storming Eurosonic & SXSW. They are currently embarking on an extensive tour of Europe, Dublin band THE MINUTES are one of the most talked about acts of 2012. They performed 100 shows in 2011, were personally asked to play support by Noel Gallagher and his high flying birds at his first ever solo show in the Olympia. They released their second single “Heartbreaker” from their debut album “Marcata” in February 2012.
THE KANYU TREE are currently touring Ireland promoting their debut album “People Street”. The Galway natives are destined for great things, their sounds and harmonies are like no other. The album was co- produced by the band and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest and mixed by Chris Potter. If you ask the siblings to define their sound, they’ll say “Pop. Classic. Pop”. Listen to their hit singles ‘Radio’, 'Shelf Life' and their new single 'Congratuations' is now available for download.
Wexford born and raised hip hop artist ROB KELLY has etched his way up the ladder of Irish urban artists to become one of the pioneers of his scene. He has shared stages with all the big guns including Kanye West and Jay Z when they visit the Emerald Isle. Current tracks getting a lot of airplay both here and in the UK include “Game Over” and a hip hop twist on the nineties classic “The Real Thing”.
Strawberry Fest 2012 line up so far includes . . .
STATUS QUO / MAVERICK SABRE / THE SAW DOCTORS/ BRESSIE / MIKILL PANE / THE ORIGINAL RUDEBOYS / KEYWEST / THE MINUTES / THE BARLEY MOB / ROB KELLY / THE KNIGHTS OF LEON / THE KANYU TREE / THUNDERSTRUCK / EXTREME RHYTHM / THE COMPLETE STONE ROSES / SUNDAY AFTERNOON ENTERTAINMENT FROM AMELIA LILY & MARCUS COLLINS with lots more acts and stages to be announced.