Daytripper returns to The Gasworks in Waterford City Centre for its 6th edition, with 3 days of stellar music from Friday, August 24th to Sunday, August 26th. This is the second year on the Waterside and the best of the 3 sites the festival has used to date, with its large open space and close proximity to Waterford’s main entertainment district at the Apple Market. Over the weekend, the festival features 6 international acts and 9 Irish acts with music from the 80s, 90s and 00s, right through to current chart acts. Advance tickets are on sale now at www.daytripper.ie and at No. 21 Off Licence, The Glen.
FRIDAY 24 AUGUST
Sister Sledge – The opening night of Daytripper 2018 features one of the most iconic female groups of all time, Sister Sledge, who dominated the singles chart in the 80s with hit after hit like “He’s The Greatest Dancer”, “Lost in music”, “Thinking of You”, “We Are Family”, “All American Girls” and “Frankie”.
Heather Small (M People) – To make the party even better, Sister Sledge are joined by Heather Small (M People) who had a similar level of success a decade later in the 90s with Top 10 hits like ‘Moving On Up’, ‘One Night In Heaven’, ‘Search For The Hero’ and her Number 1 solo hit ‘Proud’.
Completing the Friday night bill are Europe’s top Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Mack Fleetwood, and Waterford’s own funk-soul-brothers, Thank Funk, playing the greatest hits of Chic, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai and more. I Think it’s safe to say that this is going to be the biggest singalong session the Waterside has ever seen.
SATURDAY 25 AUGUST
Basement Jaxx – Dance music is 30 years old this summer, having been introduced to the UK & Ireland in that legendary ‘Summer Of Love’ in 1998. One of the biggest names in dance, Basement Jaxx, fly into Ireland on the Saturday of Daytripper to play a headline DJ set that is featuring at all the big dance music events of the summer, including South West 4 in London and a residency at the infamous Hi Ibiza club.
King Kong Company – They are joined by the best live dance act in Ireland, hometown heroes King Kong Company. They drew the largest crowd of the weekend to the 10,000 capacity Cosby tent at last year’s Electric Picnic and we don’t need to tell you how good they are going to be down at the Waterside.
Jenny Greene’s Electric Disco – Completing the Saturday bill is Jenny Greene’s ‘Electric Disco’ retro classics set and the original Party Boys, Johnny Moy & Billy Scurry, with a back to back set last seen in Waterford at a sold out Roxy Reunion 5 years ago.
SUNDAY 26 AUGUST
Rudimental – Rudimental, who recently topped the charts with ‘These Days’ are Sunday night’s headliners. They are the ultimate festival act with feelgood vibes, great interaction and a set full of summer smashes like ‘Waiting All Night’, ‘Feel The Love’, ‘Free’, ‘Right Here’, ‘Not Giving In’ and their Ed Sheeran collaborations ‘Lay It All On Me’ and ‘Bloodstream’.
The ‘Very Special Guest’ for Sunday will not be announced until later in the Summer due to contractual reasons, but it is someone that has had 5 Top 10 hits in the last 3 years. Also on the bill are; rising UK star Kelli-Leigh the voice of two Number 1 UK hits, ‘More Than Friends’ (James Hype) and ‘I Got You’ (Duke Dumont); MC Pat Flynn from the South East who has a large loyal following for his tracks and Marshal, resident DJ at Waterford’s biggest club, Project.
Promoter Mick O’Keeffe was live in studio with Ollie and Mary this morning, making the announcement. Have a listen to their chat: