This year’s lineup for Longford’s micro-music festival Helium has been announced, with Jape, Ash, Delorentos & more confirmed to play.
Helium is a summer micro music festival that takes place annually in Skelly’s bar, Ballymahon Co. Longford. The event is in its fourth year and has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2009. Helium is organised on a completely voluntary basis by over 100 people from the local area. The idea of the event is to raise awareness and funds for a very rare illness called Friedreich’s Ataxia (www.ataxia.ie) with all profits going to Ataxia Ireland (formerly FASI).
Friedreich’s Ataxia is a genetic and progressive disorder of the central nervous system which usually manifests itself in children between the ages of six and sixteen years. However, in some instances the onset for Friedreich’s and other Genetic Ataxias can be much later. Because of the genetic factor more than one person in a family may be affected. The general symptoms are clumsiness, difficulties with balance, lack of co-ordination and, in time, a slurring of speech.
Since its debut the event has caught the imagination of people in the Ballymahon region which has ensured its continued success enjoyed to date. In its first year 2009, the event was organised quite informally and attracted over 400 on the night. As a result Helium 2010 needed much more organisation and subsequently attracted over 800 people.
The event is principally a music event with the intention being to embrace more arts and culture as it grows year on year. In line with continued demand, the music is mainly contemporary Irish rock along with acoustic and some trad music. By adopting this approach the event has become the most anticipated event in the South Longford/North Westmeath area, attracting hundreds of people from near and far to enjoy the ambient setting, top quality music and friendly laid back atmosphere.
Helium Main Stage 11:30 – 01:00 Ash 10:00 – 11:00 Delorentos 8:30 – 9:30 Duke Special 7:50 – 8:20 Nathan Flutebox Lee and the Clinic 7:00 – 7:45 The Kanyu Tree 6:15 – 6:45 Saint John The Gambler 5:30 – 6:00 Peter Doran Band 4:45 – 5:15 The Driftwood Manor
no ego Stage 12:15 – 01:00 Tivo Trad Hop DJ 11:30 – 12:15 Chewing on Tinfoil 10:30 – 11:15 Rebel Souls 9:00 – 10:15 JAPE 7:55 – 8:35 Neon Wolf 7:00 – 7:40 Frantic Jack 6:15 – 6:45 Of Fiction 5:30 – 6:00 Stephen Young & the Union 4:45 – 5:15 Reverend JM and the Panic Worship 4:00 – 4:30 Gypsy Rebel Rabble 3:20 – 3:50 Bill Coleman 2:40 – 3:10 Tommy Moore Band 2:10 – 2:30 Conor McCauley