Féile Remembered

It's been in the news that 25 years ago Irish Summers got a bit more interesting with the arrival of Féile festivals. I was lucky enough to be a mid teen attender at Feile 1994 with great memories of dancing to Blur, the dangerous mosh pit of 'House of Pain' the rock and roll swooning of Primal Scream and perfect pop of Bjork.

There are a few funny clips from Feile on Youtube but we'll start with the line-ups!

The poster for the first Féile in 1990 was .....

In 1991 we had:

And in 1992 there was .....

There are currently no posters online for the Feiles of 1993 or the last one in Turles is 1994. Taken from Wikipedia here are a list of bands from each year:


Acts included INXSIggy PopThe LevellersThe Sultans of Ping FCThe ChristiansThe ShamenKerbdogA HouseThe Frank and Walters and Chris de Burgh. Unruly behaviour by fans attracted criticism, with 141 arrests, mostly for drug possession, and two rapes reported.[10] The concert reportedly generated IR£300,000 for the Gaelic Athletic Association.[11] There were three stages, and the Jim Rose Circus.[12]


1994 was Féile's final year as an on-grounds camping festival and tagged 'The Last Trip To Tipp'. Acts included The ProdigyBlurThe CranberriesBjörkRage Against the MachineHouse of PainKerbdogCypress Hill, Grant Lee Buffalo and Aimee Mann amongst others. This was the last year of the initial arrangement with the GAA for the use of Semple Stadium. Objections from locals prevented renewing the arrangement. Televised by MTV, many of the artists stated their praise for the crowd as one of the most electric audiences they'd ever had.[13] Dance music dominated over rock in the lineups.[14

Best Videos from Feile:

Check out the crazy crowd and Tony Fenton RIP in this coverage of Turnip Fish from The Sultans of Ping in 1992:

In 1993 The Levellers were one of the headliners:

Iggy Pop from 1993:

MTV were invited for 1994, here's Bjork headlining the Sunday night

Also from MTV in 94 was The Cranberries with Linger:

Here's a fine playlist of Feile videos you can browse through.

There's a fine Irish Times podcast here with a fascinating discussion about Feile: