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In early December, a monochrome swirl had taken over Facebook. Promoters, DJs and more had all changed their profile pictures on the social media website causing major confusing and excitement.

One day later, Higher Vision Festival was born. A one day, bring your own beer (B.Y.O.B) festival that will take place on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

A brainchild of the promoters behind, The Building Society, Techno & Cans, Strictly Deep and Fuinneamh Productions, this festival is the first of it’s kind.

 

Taking place in Bellurgan park, Co. Louth on the old site of Lúnasa Festival, it’s the perfect location. Just 50 minutes from Dublin and 60 minutes from Belfast, it will cater to people from all around Ireland.

Within another day, a distorted image of the first act was revealed and ‘Pre Headliner Announcement Early Birds’ had sold out.

That act was to be Dense & Pika.

It was clear to see within the next few announcements that Higher Vision would cater to everyone’s taste of electronic music. Josh Butler, a house music favourite and I Hate Models, a techno heavy hitter shows how the range of music is widely spread.

Very few names have risen to fame as fast as Denis Sulta. Tipped to be the next best thing, and coming in at #26 on RA’s top 100 DJs poll, this was a huge announcement.

From one young prodigy to another, Higher Vision were certainly delivering. By this stage the acts had been flying out daily, with the event sky rocketing in numbers, along with ticket sales. Berlin’s FJAAK had been added, which sent punters crazy. The Monkeytown Records trio are set release their debut LP in February.

When people thought it couldn’t get much better, Higher Vision delivered a killer blow with two headline acts within four days. First up, the King of modern disco, Dimitri From Paris was unleashed. This widened the spectrum of genres even more and had festival goers counting down the minutes to Ireland’s first ever B.Y.O.B festival on St. Patrick’s Day.

Having already announced 6 stellar international guests, the second of the headline acts put out was to be Julio Bashmore. ‘Battle For Middle You’ and ‘Au Seve’ very much contributed to the electronic music revolution over the past couple of years.

 

But the best was yet to come…

An Irish invasion. Everyone’s January was lightened up by the announcement of Irish hero and fan favourite Ejeca.

 

He was also joined soon after by another Belfast man, Phil Kiernan.

Rave icons, pioneers and legends, Altern 8 were the 10th act added and icing on the cake.

 

An inside source said “There’s more to come, but already we feel incredibly happy with what Higher Vision will manifest into; a mammoth celebration of life with some of the biggest electronic acts on the planet joined by heroes from every corner of the island. St. Patrick’s Day is a huge occasion and to have people from all over Ireland travelling to celebrate with us is a really special feeling.”

 

All the indications so far suggest that the festival is on course for a sell out, which is a rare thing for a debut festival.

 

One things for certain, we’ll be front and centre in Bellurgan Park come March 17th.

 

You can pick up your tickets here.

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