The 2016 edition of the Vantastival Festival will be sponsored by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. This is the most significant partnership announced for the festival, reflecting its growing influence on the Irish music calendar.
Hundreds of Volkswagen campervans, dating from the 1950s to present day, travel to Co Louth each year for the Vantastival music and campervan festival.
The sponsorship deal ties in with the re-imagination of the event at Vantastival’s new home, Beaulieu House & Gardens in Drogheda.
Alan Bateson, director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, commented: “Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has a long history of supporting events that bring together its customer base and the sponsorship of Vantastival gives us a unique opportunity to invest in the partnership we have with so many of our campervan owners.”
Badly Drawn Boy will headline on the Volkswagen Main Stage on Saturday June 4. A 15th anniversary de-luxe edition of the UK artist’s seminal Mercury Prize-winning album The Hour of Bewilderbeast was released in 2015, while his soundtrack to the 2002 film About a Boy remains one of his most critically acclaimed albums. New additions to the already impressive line-up also include Dublin hip-hop artist Sample Answer, Meath singer-songwriter Saramai, who recently appeared in the IMRO Other Room on Other Voices, and local folk/trad trio Kern, featuring the voice and guitar of SJ McArdle. The full line up can be found at vantastival.com/lineup-2016/
Vantastival 2016 will take place on June Friday 3 and Saturday 4. In addition to the music line up, other attractions will include The Volkswagen Campervan Cook-off, an open mic stage, art installations, storytelling, festival traders, a host of children’s activities and much more. Vantastival has something for everyone, with or without a campervan. Weekend tickets are on sale at €75 + booking fee for two nights' camping.