It’s live, it’s free and it’s in Letterkenny this weekend. And while music will be the dominating sounds between Friday and Saturday, the event will boast a spectacular finale with the hosting of Super Kart Sunday.
The first ever Letterkenny Live is attracting a variety of top acts to get the show going on what is hoped will be an annual road.
“It’s been over a year since we started planning the festival through a very small but active committee and we’ve managed to pull it off,” said chairperson, Toni Forrester, as the countdown continues to the weekend’s songs and sights.
“We were keen to put free music and entertainment on the streets and it’s a good time to stage it.”
The headline acts on the Friday and Saturday respectively will be lively Dublin outfit Smash Hits and the equally highly acclaimed Ryan Sheridan from Monaghan.
Support performers over the two evenings will include Heads of State, Eoin Glackin, Paul Ward & The Humble Earth Worms, and Blue Moose - a sound mixture of local and national talent and all of it to be presented on the special stage at Oliver Plunkett Road.
And the music doesn’t end there. On Saturday afternoon, the Donegal Youth Information Service will host a special ‘Bands of Tomorrow’ event from 2.p.m. through to 6.p.m.
Sunday, meanwhile, will see the go karts take to the streets or at least that stretch of the street from the Market Square to the bottom of the Oliver Plunkett Road. Super Kart Sunday is being organised by Danny Curran, manager of the Donegal Donkey Santuary, with proceeds from the event going to the development of the new Sensory Touch Centre which will offer a new outlet for children with special needs at the Sanctuary.
“We hope to attract around 30 racing soap box karts. It will be different from other soap box events in that we are hoping to get local businesses to come on board as sponsors,” said Danny.
There’ll be a number of cash prizes of 200 euro for each of the winners in the respective categories.
Meanwhile, the organising committee are anticipating bumper crowds over the Letterkenny Live weekend.
“The music has something that will appeal to families and we’re hoping for big attendances from all over the county and beyond,” said the chairperson.