On June 11 Ballymahon will come alive to the sounds of the now legendary Helium Music Festival. Held in aid of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Society of Ireland, the festival has recently announced the final and complete line up for the 2011 event.
The final additions to the schedule are Ham Sandwich and Irish Rhythm and Roots five piece band, Tupelo. Ham Sandwich is an Irish indie rock band from Kells, County Meath. The band consists of Niamh Farrell (vocals), Podge McNamee (vocals and guitar), Darcy (guitar and piano) and Ollie Murphy (drums). The band has released five singles, an EP and their debut album ‘Carry the Meek’. In 2008 they won the Meteors Hope for 2008 Award and in 2010 they released their second album ‘White Fox’.
The Tupelos are well known around Longford for their ongoing involvement in the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival. With a line up consisting of acoustic guitars, a double bass, mandolin, fiddle and saxophone, they are a group well worth seeing. From American folk to bluegrass to rock and roll, they are a band not to miss.
With The Coronas topping the bill, punters can also expect an array of other local and international talents to perform over the day alongside big names like: KILA and singer songwriter Jamie Lawson.
The complete line for Helium 2011 is: Main Stage - The Coronas, Kila, Ham Sandwich, Jamie Lawson and Tupelo; Neon Stage (No Ego & OrigiNs promotions) - Jukebox Gypsy, Huey and the Hobgoblins, The Barley Mob, Bocs Social, A Smile Just Came, Breaking Circles, Arrow in the Sky, Adela and the Meanits, Spiritual Leaders and Crimson; The Stables Stage - Kill Goliath, Red Dancers Cometh, Town Criers, We Go Go, James O’Connor with Audrey Trainor, and Rusty Shackleford; The Afterparty - DJ Justiy (Presenter of i102-104’s iDrop Show), DJ BadSeed & DJ Johnny Ponders.
This year’s Helium will again take place in its now traditional walled garden home of Skelly’s Bar in Ballymahon, Co Longford. With such a strong line up of performing artists, and a strong record of local support in the past, it’s expected that even more money will be raised for the fantastic work done by the Friedreich’s Ataxia Society of Ireland (FASI).
Tickets are available now online at www.tickets.ie, from committee members dotted all over the country as well as a number of local outlets around the region including: Music World, Athlone; The Music Centre, Longford and E2 Music, Mullingar.