The 11th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival has added an all-new Celtic punk rock festival on Friday night. On Saturday, the festival rocks on with more than 20 performances on three stages, with a fourth stage dedicated entirely to Celtic dance and pipe bands – another festival first.
“Expanding to two days gives us the opportunity to devote Friday night to great Celtic rock. Then, on Saturday, we return with 12 hours of non-stop music -- with more rock and traditional music.”, said Matt Nelligan, President of Irish 2000.
Friday evening has performances from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. by The Barley Boys, Enter the Haggis and the Street Dogs, with Flogging Molly – a seven-piece Irish-American punk band formed in Los Angeles – headlining the evening.
On Saturday, the festival is underway from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with an outstanding line up of entertainment:
On the Contemporary Stage:
On the Traditional Stage:
On the Regional Music Stage:
On the Grove Stage:
The 2007 festival has the new addition of a Celtic Critters exhibit to its Celtic Kids Family Fun Area that features games and rides. The festival also has a wide variety of refreshments and Celtic crafts.
Tickets for Friday only are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for Saturday only are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free. A two-day pass is $25 in advance sales ONLY. There is a $3 parking fee. Group rates are available by special arrangement by calling 1-888-414-3378.
Advance-sale tickets are available online at www.irish2000fest.com, by mail to P.O. Box 415, Latham, NY 12110, and at all Price Chopper Supermarkets, beginning July 21. Price Chopper customers receive an additional $1 off tickets purchased at the supermarkets when they show their AdvantEdge Card.
AFTER FEST PARTY!
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $250,000 to a variety of charities including the Albany Irish-American Center, the Irish-American Heritage Museum and all of the schools of Irish dance in the Capital Region. Irish 2000 also aids the Wounded Warrior Project that assists veterans injured in Iraq and the AOH Project St. Patrick that gives annual scholarships to Catholic seminarians.
DIRECTIONS TO THE FAIRGROUNDS
Traveling East: Take I-90 to Exit 24. Follow signs to I-87 south to end.
Traveling West: Take I-90 to Exit 1S. Take I-87 south to end.
Traveling North of the Thruway: Take Exit 24. Follow signs to I-87 south to end.
From End of I-87 (Northway): Turn right off I-87 onto Rte. 20 (Western Ave). Travel west about 4.5 miles to Rte. 146; Turn left onto Rte. 146 to Altamont (about six miles). The sign for the Altamont Fairgrounds will be on your left. Turn left and follow road to the parking area.