In early 2012, a group of like minded people came together with a single goal, to re-establish an annual festival in the small town of Headford, Co. Galway. Headford is a small town, in actual fact, it is still classified as a village, despite having a wider catchment area of approximately 4,000 people. But it is a town with a big heart, and despite a relatively small and dispersed population, it still boasts approximately 40 voluntary clubs and groups, like the Headfest festival, that are run by dozens of committed volunteers. We have everything from sports clubs, to arts groups, to environmental groups, who run events and workshops throughout the year. In the early days these were a our starting point. The first festival was a weekend of events organised and run with the goodwill of these clubs and groups - and it was a true celebration of the community spirit that exists here. Thrown into the mix, in celebration of the towns musical culture, we had a concert with a line-up of our most talented local musicians, and to this day, supporting local artists is something we are committed to - as they too make our community what it is. Since then, Headfest has grown from strength to strength. In 2016, we ran 27 events over four days, with every single one as well attended as the one that went before it. We were also in the new and lucky position of people coming forward to offer new ideas for the festival, which meant the breadth and scope of the festival grew beyond our expectations. Early on in the process of planning Headfest 2017, it was agreed that to be able to develop the festival beyond the reach we already had, we needed a partner in that endeavour, which is where the local football club, Moyne Villa F.C. came in. The club has been a part of the life of the wider community of Headford for forty years, and has amassed huge goodwill and support among local businesses and individuals. As a part of their 40th anniversary celebrations the club agreed to partner us and help us to bring four days and nights of fun and good music to Headford. In 2017, then, as well as all of the local club and community group events that took place around the town during the festival, Headfest, together with Moyne Villa, brought four nights of live music to the town, and since we lacked a venue large enough for the scope of our plans, we brought a temporary venue to the town too, in the shape of The Big Red Barn, situated on the pitch at Moyne Villa F.C. for the duration of the festival.
What happens at Headfest.....
Music at the Big Red Barn
Headfest Soccer Primary Schools Cup
Family Fun Day
Afternoon Tea Dance
Three days over the June Bank Holiday will see the town of Headford transform into a huge community festival, from facepainting and bouncy castles on a family fun day, to dancing in Monaghans Big Red Barn & so much more....
What Our COMMUNITY Are Saying
Cathryn Mannion: Well done Headfest :-)
Claire-bear Ní Cunningham: Congrats to all the committee of Headfest. The atmosphere in Headford was brilliant. Thank you.
Don Stiffe: Well done everyone what a great success!!!