Usually each year we start planning, booking and announcing Beatyard in March, and its safe to say the aul Covid19 did enough to make this year’s voyage hit the rocks !
We think everyone knows what is happening on the world’s stage, but let us give you a little update on what has been happening with us at Beatyard. After a great edition of Beatyard last year, it looked like it might have been our last one in Dun Laoghaire, but after a bit of back and forth with the bleedin’ author-o-tays, we were back on. Or so we thought…
Obviously we’re disappointed not to be able to bring you Beatyard 2020, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really matter does it? Its just a festival, a weekend by the sea, and we will be back again sometime soon. Bigger battles are to be faced, rougher seas ahead. On the plus side, it’ll be a while before you get another festival email with painful nautical puns in it, so every cloud….
So what next? Short answer is we haven’t got a clue. If it is safe to do so, we are going to put on Beatyard 2021 on the August bank holiday next year, but how it will look, and where it will be is anyone’s guess. We’ve have a year round home in Dun Laoghaire , The Lighthouse , where we’ll stay moored for the time being & which we’ve recently re-open within the new guidelines, have a couple of new food vendors, and are hoping to put on some low capacity intimate caberet style gigs in the next few weeks too. We’ll stick on some videos and playlists this weekend in there, in memory of previous years gone. It ain’t exactly Glastonbury on the BBC, but its better than nothing.
So that’s it for the moment, stay safe. To get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org