Feile Classical: It's all set to kick off again after a superb opening night

Noel Dundon


Noel Dundon



Feile Classical

The Feile underway at Semple Stadium last night.

Semple Stadium will rock once more after the foundations shook last night

Semple Stadium, Thurles rocked to its foundations last night as the opening of the Feile Classical brought back memories of the halcyon days of the early-mid nineties when the original and best open air rock 'n roll festival was at its pomp.

And, the good news for all those heading along again this evening, is that it will be bigger and better again. An estimated attendance of 8,000 packed in Ardan Ui Riain last last night, but tonights event is sold out with a maximum capacity of 10,000 set to attend.

The Stunning brought the house down with their set of familiar music which was so popular at Feile in times past, and they were joined by An Emotional Fish, The Four of Us, The Frank and Walters, Househouse Flowers and of course Something Happens - the Feile Classical being the brainchild of frontman, and host, Tom Dunne.  All were joined by the Irish Chamber Orchestra for a memorable evening which also featured Dustin the turkey in dispatches, and video footage of Feile's past.

From Prosecco tents to gourmet burgers, wine bars to malt whiskeys and much more besides, Feile Classical was very different from the original Feile, and yet the unique atmosphere associated with "the Irish Woodstock" as one enthusiast dubbed it, was recreated.

The music is underway in Semple Stadium right now and the party will continue until well into the night throughout the town.