‘Freshers Fest’ Kicks Off Tonight In The Square

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Launching the Freshers Fest in the Square last month were, Joseph Kavanagh, Petrina Comerford, Helena McMahon, Jason O’Byrne, Paul Ruane, Mary Lucey, Ken Tobin, Dale Drosnan, Ruairi Fry, Tadhg Flynn and David Scott. Photo by Dermot Crean

TRALEE is hosting the first ‘Freshers Fest’ this week which will see live bands and DJs perform in the Square on Tuesday and Thursday night, with a ‘Trails of Tralee’ in between on the Wednesday.

This brand-new festival will see a stage erected in the ‘festival square’ hosting live acts until 10pm on two nights, followed by live music in the bars of Tralee, and a host of events throughout the town, all geared towards welcoming the students to Tralee.

During the week, students — and indeed anyone who comes to the Square — will enjoy music from such acts as The Clockworks, Garrath Burke-Weigt  (Xero), Gerard Ahern, a Daft Punk Tribute act and other bands and DJs.

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The festival was earmarked earlier this year in an announcement by Tralee Chamber Alliance, after they re-scheduled their popular Food Festival to the May Bank Holiday.

The festival will kick-off at 6pm tonight (Tuesday) with an eclectic mix of bands and DJs live in the Square, opening with Cork man Garrath Burke-Weigt  (Xero).

Following will be Stolen City, three young energetic acoustic rock lovers from Dublin, that promise to bring the same amount of passion and energy to every gig they play.

Closing out the Tuesday night will be Galwegians The Clockworks, with their strong, punchy dynamic post-punk influenced music.

On the Wednesday, the Students Union will be hosting ‘Trails of Tralee’ bringing the newest batch of Students on daytime guided tours of the bars and restaurants of the town centre, and capping it all off with Bingo-Loco which has taken the world by storm.

The Thursday night means a real party atmosphere in the square, with local DJs BPM, the very popular Corkman Gerard Ahern, who has recently supported Billy Ocean, The Academic and Stephanie Rainey.

Closing out the night are Daft Punk Tributes whose ethos is to “bring the Party” with their exhilarating, energetic and sonically breath-taking live performance.

The Tralee Freshers Festival is supported by The Vintners of Tralee, Institute of Technology Tralee, Kerry College of Further Education and Training, Tralee Chamber Alliance and Kerry County Council’s Community Support Fund.

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