Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Simon’s Pub Music Festival brings together established and upcoming artists, the young and the old. Some bands come back to participate year in year out, but the organisers make sure to make space for new faces.
Opened in 1982, Simon’s Pub markets itself as a hangout place for musicians and band members. Simon has compiled a memorabilia of items from all over the world, left for the bar by its many foreign visitors, on display in the bar.
This year’s festival line-up includes Kelly Sloan, a singer-songwriter from Ottawa Valley with diverse styles, ranging from soul, rock, blues, rock and jazz. Kelly has been awarded the Galaxie Rising Star Award and has performed in major festivals, gathering attention from music-critics across the globe. Since emerging into the scene, she has released four albums. Red Electrick, too, are returning to the festival with their new frontman Joe Roscoe. The Crowns, who are also having a fantastic year will also be joining.
The full line-up includes Janice, Fiona, Chris Grech, Lindsay Live, Dusk, The Myth, The Phlaparoos, Native, The Odd Omen,Noggie’s Crew, Rise, Citizen One, The American Airlines, Purple Haze, Spirit of Voices,Julian Casha, Therese, Explicit, Deflecto, Luke Baldacchino, Family 3, Charlene Magro, ColourBlind, BnBees and Mirage.
All proceeds from entrance fees will be donated to Inspire Foundation, a local NGO that works with persons with a disability helping them reach their full potential. Inspire Foundation offers education, therapeutic and leisure services to people with different physical and intellectual disabilities for free or at a highly subsidised rate. Some of the foundation’s complimentary therapies are horseback riding therapy, arts therapy, pool therapy, and multi-sensory rooms.
The annual festival has become a crucial part of the NGO’s fundraising efforts, and over the years, over €100,000 have been collected through this event.
Simon’s Pub Music Festival starts on Friday 4th of May at 7 pm, with Saturday 5th May following the same schedule. On Sunday 6th May, the bands start performing at 1 pm outside the pub, on Depiro Street. There is no need to pre-book – the festival invites everyone to turn up on the day, contribute a small donation and join the fun. More information on the festival’s Facebook page.