Beatyard: New venue for 2020 as ‘uncertainty’ surrounds harbour permit

by Gary Ibbotson
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Beatyard is once again scheduled to take place this August bank holiday on Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the fifth year running.

Acts such as Chvrches, Jungle and Groove Armada are set to perform at the two-day festival which will also see a food market and kid-friendly area featured.

However, organisers of the festival have said in a statement on Facebook that “it’s looking likely this will be our last time here, that we will be unable to use the harbour site for the festival next year and we will need to look elsewhere.”

In the post, the Beatyard organisers say that they have yet to receive a clear answer on whether they will be permitted to use the harbour site in 2020 and have begun to look elsewhere for a suitable venue.

They wrote: “This year is our fifth time doing it in Dun Laoghaire, and it’s (hopefully) fair to say it’s brought something positive to the area.

“Our pals at Bingo Loco and MCD have run events here this year, and there is/was a real sense that things were going in a positive direction after it taking us three to four years to find our feet.

“But at the same time, we can’t operate here every year on uncertainty, or the idea that other events from abroad will get brought in and we get edged out – not after investing that amount of time and energy into it, and most of us are local to this area too.

“That just doesn’t seem fair, so we need to consider and create some options. So, we’re putting an SOS call out for rescue – can anyone help us find a mooring for 2020?”

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