‘Spirit of the City’, will descend on three Irish cities this year, following on from its successful inaugural year in Cork City in 2018. Celebrating emerging craft beers and distilleries, Irish entertainers and the iconic atmosphere of some of Ireland’s best-loved cities, ‘Spirit of the City’ will kick-off in Cork on April 18 and run until April 21. The Cork event will be followed by Waterford which will run from May 2 to May 5 and then Limerick which will run from June 27 to June 30.
An outdoor extravaganza, ideal for cocktail lovers, foodies and the culturally-curious, each ‘Spirit of the City’ event boasts a four-day programme jam-packed with experiential and sensory activity such as cocktail demonstrations from award-winning mixologists, varied culinary delights from local street-food suppliers, exciting performances from fire breathers, live bands and DJs throughout each day and night.
Up-and-coming comedian, Bernard Casey, will take the stage in each city on Thursday night. The crafty comedian hails from Co. Kerry has taken the internet by storm with his videos ‘The Polish/Irish Barman’, ‘The Irish Listening Test’ and his hugely popular character, ‘The Local Gossip’. In addition, Mickey Joe Harte will take to the stage in each city on each night getting attendees on their feet with ‘We’ve Got The World Tonight’ and ‘Teenage Kicks’.
Over 25 Irish gin and whiskey brands drinks brands are already scheduled to attend the 2019 instalments in each city including Drumshambo Gunpowder Gin, Garnish Island Gin, Bertha’s Revenge Gin, Beara Ocean Gin, West Cork Whiskey, Teelings Whiskey and Hide Whiskey. Keen to provide an enjoyable yet mature experience, festival organisers have set each event for over-23s. In addition, attendees can pre-book tables and enjoy table service from the event’s staff. The concept also caters to corporate bookings making it an ideal option for staff nights out.
The ‘Spirit of the City’ concept is the brain-child of Main Stage Events, Ireland’s newest entertainment company founded in 2018, by former schoolteacher and serial entrepreneur, Kevin Collins, and acclaimed sound and light engineer, Des Mahon.
Commenting on the company’s plans for its ‘Spirit of the City’ brand in 2019, Collins said: “Ireland’s love of quality food and drink is growing and growing. For a small country, we have some of the best gin, whiskey, beer and food producers in the world and this is equally matched by our passionate hospitality and entertainment talent. Spirit of the City is all about bringing these elements together in a weekend of celebration and exploration in Ireland’s best-loved cities.
“While Spirit of the City is particularly exciting for gin and whiskey lovers, the wide programme of activity makes it perfect for the culturally curious too. Last year, we welcomed around 2000 people across three-days in Cork but this year, we’re set to make a bigger impact to Ireland’s entertainment landscape by adding Waterford and Limerick and adding fresh talent such as Bernard Casey.
“We’re expecting over 8,000 across the three cities and this will be made up of a mix of families, hen parties, corporate groups and groups of friends and colleagues. As the brand grows, we look forward to adding more Irish cities to the portfolio, with work already underway to add Dublin for 2020. We believe we have created a concept that is truly unique combining cocktails, culture, craic and a strong sense of Irish-ness by celebrating both local produce and talent.”
Tickets to each Spirit of the City location are on sale now from www.spiritofthecity.ie.