Successful Prosperous Music Festival exceeds wildest expectations

The biggest crowds seen in the village in a long time, if not ever, was how the inaugural Prosperous Music Festival has been described.

The biggest crowds seen in the village in a long time, if not ever, was how the inaugural Prosperous Music Festival has been described.

Chairman of the organising committee Ger Boland told the Leinster Leader that the event was “absolutely chaotic in a great way”.

The event took place over the course of the weekend, with more than 50 acts across the weekend performing in a variety of venues including the local pubs, the church, private houses and even in the local school.

There were a large variety of artists, from signed to unsigned, from pop, rock, traditional, jazz and blues.

“To quote somebody I was chatting to on Sunday, ‘It was unbelievable. Just couldn’t believe the crowd, the atmosphere’,” Mr. Boland explained.

“Everybody in the village underestimated how savage it was going to be, the numbers, the crowds, the atmosphere and the security were all great.

“Operationally it was a great success, and the committee are delighted with it.”

It’s reported that the venues for many of the gigs, especially the pubs, were particularly delighted with the success of the event, and experienced their most successful nights ever.

Most of the events were un-ticketed and entirely free.

“Everything was free-in,” Mr. Boland explained. “There were people there from Kerry, Cork, Milltown - from everywhere.”

The chances of a repeat next year are, needless to say, quite high.

The stated aim of renewing Prosperous’s musical heritage and tradition is also likely to have been given a major boost.

- Conor McHugh