It’s that time of year again, good weather whenever a Leaving Cert paper is opened, perpetual sunburn, the imbibing of cans at every available opportunity and most importantly – festival season!

Life and Forbidden Fruit have come in quick succession and have thoroughly whet the appetite for what’s shaping up to be the busiest festival season in Irish history.

We now look ahead to the next big outdoor, electronic music soirée you simply must attend, Higher Vision. Here’s 5 reasons why you need to be at Navan Racecourse on June 30:

1 – LINE UP:

The first edition of Higher Vision in 2017 amassed a cult following due to its carefully selected line up which included Denis Sulta, FJAAK, Dense & Pika and Dimitri From Paris to name a few, now for 2018 the organisers have upped the ante and booked some stellar names and festival favourites from the world of techno and house.

Sam Paganini, Charlotte de Witte (making her Irish festival debut), Ejeca, John Digweed, Route 94 and a live performance from Vitalic make up the headliners while the likes of Planetary Assault Systems, Sunil Sharpe b2b MUMDANCE, Tommy Holohan, KETTAMA, Stranger, Cleric and Marcus O’Laoire help create an incredibly strong supporting cast.

Aside from the aforementioned, there’s a further 40 homegrown acts and collectives that help make up the class of 2018.


Situated just 45 minutes from Dublin City, the idealic surroundings of Navan Racecourse will play host to this years festival. Anyone at MK’s Area 10 festival last year will attest to how good a festival site it is. With open fields, picturesque sprawling hills in the distance and the Racecourse grandstands in the background it has all the hallmarks of a perfect festival site.

Buses will depart from all over Dublin and the surrounding areas to take you right to the festival entrance. For bus and travel information click here.


It’s 11 days out from the festival at the time of writing and Accuweather is basically saying Navan will be warmer than the Canary Islands come the week of the festival, obviously Accuweather isn’t a 100% reliable source and Ireland can go through four seasons of weather in 15 minutes but all the signs are there for clear skies and the sun splitting the stones come June 30.



One of the standout elements about Higher Vision in 2017 was the attention to details across all the stages. From a projection mapped Serpent that stood proudly on the main stage to the pentagonal columns that made up the Techno & Cans arena, the artistic and creative direction by Fuinneamh productions really shone through and made for a welcome break from the usual festival setup you’ve become accustomed to.


The Cat is as firmly placed outside of the bag as possible. We’ve been keeping it in for a long time but we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting the Four Four Fort at Higher Vision 2018. Our stage will play host to our favourite Irish acts which will be interweaved with some international big hitters for good measure. If you were at our Fort for HV 2017 you know what to expect, however, this year we’ll be going way bigger in production and sound.

Higher Vision takes place at  Navan Racecourse, Co. Meath on June 30. 80% of tickets are now sold out, for full information and tickets click here.

We’ll be announcing the full stage breakdown and set times for the festival early next week so keep it locked on Four Four for all the details.

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