Ireland’s Biggest Music Festival Returns to TV this August

If you rolled Electric Picnic, Longitude and All Together Now together…you still wouldn’t have Ireland’s biggest music festival. That honour goes to Fleadh Cheoil which welcomes 500,000 music fans every year , and it keeps on growing! 2019 sees the Fleadh return to Drogheda for a second year. Similar to the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage, TG4’s flagship music programme FleadhTV provides an immersive experience of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to audiences around the world. This high-quality production is brought to you by two time IFTA award winning company Gifted Empire Productions as they enter into their seventh year of making FleadhTV.

Broadcast live over four evenings from Thursday August 15th to Sunday 18th, FleadhTV is on air from 8.30pm until 11.30pm nightly on TG4 and will be available worldwide on the TG4 player, and on . FleadhTV airs for three hours of the best of Irish music. It’s fresh, it’s lively and most importantly it’s pure entertainment. 

FleadhTV’s presenters have a wealth of knowledge and rich heritage when it comes to Irish culture and music. Hector Ó hEochagáin needs no introduction! Hector’s “patch” on FleadhTV is at the heart of the Fleadh, broadcasting from the streets of Drogheda, watch the crowds gather round him like the Pied Piper of Laurence Street! He has just wrapped filming a brand new series travelling the length and breadth of the States for airing later in 2019. Returning again this year is presenter Doireann Ní Ghlacáin . She is currently completing a PhD thesis in Sean Nós singing in the Irish department of NUIG, and recently released her debut album, ’The Housekeepers’ earlier this year. In the past, Doireann has presented Tradfest and Gradam Ceoil. From a musical family in Irish musical heritage, Doireann hosts the Main Stage nightly. Our brand new presenter for 2019 is from musical royalty. Róisín O will debut her presenter skills at the acoustic stage. Róisín is no stranger to traditional Irish music herself, her performance alongside her brother Danny and cousin Aoife or “Grace” for the 1916 Commemorations stands at 500,000 views on YouTube! Róisín teamed up with John Broe (Miracle Bell) in 2015, writing songs like ‘Give It Up’, ‘If You Got Love’ and ‘Better This Way’ before the duo eventually formed the band Thanks Brother in 2018. Róisín is a fantastic new addition to the FleadhTV family.

The lineup for series seven of FleadhTV is shaping up to be one of the best yet. The production team pride themselves in bringing the very best to audience. Acts already confirmed include:

Hot House Flowers :: Frankie Gavin & The Provenance :: Horslips :: Kilfenora Céilí Band :: Lankum :: Zoe Conway with Dubliners legend John Sheahan :: The Stevie Dunne Band ::  Altan :: Fidil :: Kate Rusby Band and more!

What makes FleadhTV stand out is the supporting social media working year round in the background, TV show fans get weekly doses of the highlights from previous years. In 2018 FleadhTV’s organic social media reached over 2.1million people. Peaking during FleadhTV series run, the social channels saw several videos reach over 200,000 views. The outstanding thing is some of these videos were of incredible talented young musicians who had or were competing in the Fleadh competitions. From unknown to social media hit!

Sean Keane agus Dara Morley – Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears – 253,000 views

Sorcha Ní Scullaí U12 Uilleann Pipe Champion – 208,000 views

Nós Nua – Louth Youth Folk Orchestra – 170,000 views

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