Boxed Off kicks off tomorrow. The collaborative project between Bedlam events and Archetype who are known to host some of the biggest events and clubbing spaces in the country is now in its fourth year of action. Over the years its brought over acts like Nina Kraviz, Jeff Mills, Hot Since 82 and many more to the stages at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Meath and each year since it’s inception in 2015 it never disappoints.
This years edition of the yearly festival is arguably it’s most comprehensive line up, with every name on the line up just as impressive as names that have come before.
Some of the worlds most sought after DJs and producers set to grace the the grounds in Meath as well as some of Ireland’s leading lights, so if you’re heading there this weekend, here’s what you should know.
Some clashes are always to be expected with a line up that is so stellar, so choose wisely. Headline clashes are presenting a question on whether you’re feeling some serious techno or some more lighthearted house. Paula Temple and Rebekah’s mammoth B2B set will clash with German techno don Len Faki and tech house mainstay Patrick Topping. The generous set times mean that there’s always the option of seeing everyone however. Apart from that, most of the scheduling allows for you to catch bits and pieces of most of the sets that you’ve been waiting for.
You can catch plenty of your favourite Irish acts up there with global legends like Ben Klock, Amelie Lens and more, but there will be plenty more dotted around the place soundtracking your Saturday from start to finish with Marakii Garden Stage hosting all Irish acts. Apart from that, plenty of Irish acts will be taking to the decks at the Jagermeister area and you can catch some of our favourite Irish acts at the following stages too:
Hidden Agenda Stage:
Mano Le Tough – 18:30 – 20:30
Republik DJ’s: 13:30 – 15:00
District 8 Stage:
Moduse: 14:00 – 15:00
KETTAMA: 15:30 – 16:45
Boots & Kats: 16:45 – 18:15
Aeron: 14:15 – 15:30
Mode_1: 15:30 – 16:30
Tommy Holohan: 16:30 – 17:30
Cailín: 17:30 – 18:30
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If you still haven’t planned how your’e getting there, don’t panic.
If you’re heading from Dublin, return buses are going from Liffey Valley, Swords, Blanchardstown, Dundrum and Tallaght. You can find out more here.
Private coaches, if organised, must be registered here.
Buses heading from city centre can be booked here.
If you’re heading to any of the afterparties, do yourself a favour and sort out a return trip before it all kicks off. Being stranded in Meath while you could be seeing Paula Temple, Alex Virgo or Ben Pearce in some of Dublin’s most intimate venues doesn’t sound the best. You can also catch Jordan, Between Ourselves and Warren & Kenno in Wah Wah club, known to usually end up as some of the sweatiest and best parties about. Find out more about all of the afterparties here.
What To Bring
Ticket – This is an obvious one, but we’ve all been at the gates of somewhere before frantically searching our bags and pockets only to look up at friends and give them the look of shame knowing you’ve forgotten your ticket. Y
Warm clothing – The weather, as we all know, is being a bit shady at the moment with some random storms mixed in with sunny spells. The forecast shows it’ll be a pretty dry day, but just incase.
Cash – Queue’s for ATM’s are probably the least fun thing you’ll do there.
ID – Boxed Off is an over 18’s event. Whether you think you look like a distinguished young adult or not doesn’t make a difference to security staff, so just bring your ID.
Ear Plugs – Tinnitus isn’t fun, trust us. If you want to leave the ear ringing behind, make use of ear plugs when you feel you might need to. Looking after yourself is cool now, tinnitus isn’t.
Charged Phone + Power Bank – Nobody likes losing their friends. If you do lose your friends, take down a few of their numbers before hand so you can lean on the kindness of strangers there to let you use their phone to be reunited.
As to be expected at any type of festival, drugs will be probably be circulating. If you, a friend or anyone else you see are having a bad experience or feeling unwell, don’t hesitate to present yourself to welfare. They’re there to help and no, they won’t judge you or tell your parents. Be honest with them so they can prevent something similar happening to other attendees. Educate yourself on staying safe here.
Find out more about Boxed Off here.