For ten days in September some of the world’s greatest guitarists will descend on a small seaside town in the southwest of Ireland.
Guitarfest is coming…
The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival returns this September 10 – 19 to electrify our streets and crash the internet with the sweet sound of those six strings. We can’t cram like sardines into every nook and cranny of Clonakilty as in previous festivals, so we’re marking our 17th annual festival by the length of the event by three days.
This way we can continue to honour the depth and diversity of approaches to guitar playing that has been the bedrock of CIGF since our first event back in 2005.
For 10 days we will do what we always do: celebrate the virtuosos, the three-chord heroes, the freak-out noiseniks and the bedroom noodlers.
This year we are once again joined by some of Ireland’s most exciting and innovative independent musicians. We will stage outdoor performances, virtual premieres and hybrid gigs (livestreamed with audience). The final piece of the puzzle is the Guitartown Cinema – a roving outdoor cinema that allows us to experience the online festival in a way that recreates the communal atmosphere of pre-pandemic gatherings.
We are also delighted to continue our longstanding association with Culture Night on Friday 17th of September with some very special events. But let’s be serious… every night is culture night in Guitartown!
Tickets to the in-person performances will be limited and available at here from Friday 27th August.
All of the festival’s events have been prepared in compliance with current health and safety measures.
This year we’re joined by John Spillane, John Francis Flynn, Windings, Dani Larkin, Clare Sands, Pretty Happy, Kyle Macaulay & Nicole Ní Dhubhshláine, Red Sun Alert and many, many more. There will be virtual premieres of work from Eve Clague, Joshua Burnside & Laura Quirke, Lonely and the Moose, Myles O’Reilly and more…
CIGF is a volunteer-led community group of passionate music fans and can only continue this year thanks to the support of the Arts Council, Cork County Council and as ever our committed local sponsors.
You can donate to the festival through our PayPal.