Well what a year that was. New stages, new tents, harbour facades, retro cinema, nautical props, giant octopus and even more seafood than 2017. The festival went down an absolute storm with SeaFoodRockers.
Our Main Stage had nonstop fantastic sounds all weekend. Kicking Friday off was The Drogheda Brass Band playing songs from the movies. Saturday saw local band Fuzz Gigolo headline with Dublin based The Brass Monkeys play some funky, soul and jazz numbers that wouldn’t be out of place on Bourbon Street, New Orleans. The Hit Machine rattled the entire village with their heart racing drumming show. Sunday brought local dance crew DanceWorx as well as local up and coming band Modern Love. Sunday also saw the return of the side splitting Seafood Challenge where contestants battled it out by eating a concoction of various sea creatures. Paddy Mulroy has taken the crown again this year, he is certainly the man to beat. Comedian Joe Rooney provided some stand up and our headliners The Riptide Movement blow the roof off the Main Tent.
Our visually stunning The Smugglers Rest outdoor stage was hosted by Droghedas Abbeylane Studios. Providing nonstop music all weekend from bands such as The Valves, Voodoo Jukebox, Modern Love, Lowlight Gathering, The Pauly Fagan Band, Why Axis and much, much more…….
New to this year was The Rocks Theatre which was jammers with families and young folk all weekend. A purpose built retro cinema that housed movies such as Jaws and Finding Nemo and street entertainers such a Jack Wise Magician, Corvenieos Entertainment and Master Juggler Johnny Phelan over the course of the weekend. This was truly a family favourite.
Also new to this year was The Food Theatre. Local and renowned chefs such as Tara Walker and Zack Gallagher cooked up a storm using locally caught seafood from Port Oriel. SeaFoodRockers where spoiled with local delicacies after each demo. The theatre also was home to an indoor farmers market complete with buskers to add to the bustling market vibe.
Our Food Village didn’t disappoint either with a wonderful selection of hot and cold vendors such as Dunany Crab, Boyne Valley Seafoods, Tram Chowder, Veronicas Paella, Surf ‘n’ Fries and much more…
Well done to this year’s winner of Ur The Star DJ, Laura Corrigan. Laura impressed both ravers and host DJ Alan Sharkey with her mix of red hot tunes which earned her the top award.
Signing off for this year we would like to thank everyone who came and the volunteers who helped making SeaFoodRocks the success it was. In year two we put Clogherhead firmly back on the map by being included not only in local media but also national printed press, radio and online media such as; The Irish Daily Mirror, The Journal, The Irish Examiner, Newstalk and Today FM.
Here’s to 2019 and beyond………………………………..