Forever Young Announces 80s-tastic Lineup

by James Hendicott
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Forever Young Festival had proven a popular swing through the biggest smashes of the 80s before events forced hefty shutdowns back in early 2020, and its return in the summer of 2022 is set to be a return to exactly that kind of form.

The event, which will take place at the Palmerstown House Estate near Naas in County Kildare from July 15 to 17, announced the first glances at their line-up this week, and there’s plenty to recommend it.

For the 80s pop lovers, the likes of Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet), Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), OMD, Heather Small (M People), Tiffany, Bananarama, Hot Chocolate, and Nik Kershaw will be tempting offerings. Rock lovers might be taken by appearances by The Boomtown Rats, The Undertones, and ska stars Bad Manners. A total of 30 acts have been announced so far, with more set to follow in the coming months.

Music aside, the festival will celebrate its nostalgic bent in other ways, too, not least through the presence of a classic DeLorean and Knight Rider ‘Kit’ car at the entry to the festival site, as well as a retro arcade area featuring Space Invaders, Pacman and other early video gaming classics.

The festival is also talking up its covid readiness, in particular the sizable 900 acre site that will ensure plenty of space to spread out for the covid wary. The festival has banned single use plastics, and offers luxury options for camping (at least by festival standards), including hot showers, and glamping options.

Tickets are priced at €225 for standard full weekend tickets, or €125 for Saturday or Sunday only, and €49 for Friday only, with all profits going to the charity Animal Welfare and Veterinary Care Ireland.

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