Newbridge’s Luka Bloom plays Junefest this weekend

Luka Bloom will kick off Junefest in his hometown of Newbridge in the picturesque setting of Lumville house on the Curragh Plains on Saturday, June 2 at 8.30pm.

Luka Bloom will kick off Junefest in his hometown of Newbridge in the picturesque setting of Lumville house on the Curragh Plains on Saturday, June 2 at 8.30pm.

Junefest is a new, community-based festival for Newbridge taking place over the June bank Holiday weekend.

Organiser Red Events have promised packed programme of events that include the Luka Bloom gig.

Luka will be previewing songs from his new album ‘New Morning’ as well as singing many of his crowd-pleasing favourites.

“Those who attended Luka’s home concert in Ryston last year can attest to the pure pleasure and joy of seeing an artist perform at the height of his creative powers,” said organiser Peter Hussey of Crooked House.

“The songs on his eagerly awaited new album are the culmination of two years’ work and it should be very special to hear their first airing in a landscape that has been a constant source of inspiration and magic to him. Luka Bloom has fans all over the world. But it is home to Kildare, to the places and people he loves and celebrates that Bloom has chosen to live.”

Junefest is run by volunteers (a group called Red Events) and is principally funded by Newbridge Town Council. Junefest is also supported by Kildare County Council and Newbridge 200.

Other events taking place over the June weekend in Newbridge include guided walking trails, artisan food and crafts, flower festival, literary events, exhibitions and much, much more in a community celebration of the best Newbridge has to offer

There are lots of family friendly walks and attractions planned, including children’s performances, family fun in the park, and walks on the trail of bats.

Gigs and youth theatre events feature prominently, with a play performed in the Liffey Linear Park and a gig of local bands in Rosetown.

To cap it all, there is a major Eighties Night of dance, fun, fancy dress and live music at the Hop in the Keadeen Hotel on Sunday 3 at 8pm.