Festival Marquee (Writer’s Square)

Sunday 12 September, 3.00pm

£15.00 - Children 5 and under, free admission

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Bringing down the curtain on the Festival Marquee in some style are one of Ireland’s truly great live bands. Formed at school in Dublin’s late 1980’s, Kíla are legendary for their innovative and euphoric shows. Their unique sound has been ever evolving, rooted in tradition, yet inspired by a myriad of influences and ideas from all around the world.

Often defined as contemporary Irish World music, Kíla fuse the effects of their own melodies and Irish (Gaeilge) lyrics, Irish folk instruments such as whistles, fiddles, Uilleann pipes, bones and bodhrán with djembe, congas, drums, mandolins, brass and acoustic/electric/ bass guitars.

Kíla’s eight members come from the differing musical backgrounds of traditional, classical and rock. The result is a fresh blend of freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs, and primal rhythms that transcend the traditional boundaries of Irish music.

Kíla are widely renowned for their live energetic performances and have played in over 30 countries in North America, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, notable festivals include The Montreux Jazz festival, WOMAD, the Sziget festival and closer to home Glastonbury and the Electric Picnic. Kíla have also had the privilege of playing the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics, Dublin and Possibilities, the event that welcomed the Dalai Lama to Ireland. Kíla have worked extensively in TV and film. Their music has been placed in many documentaries on RTÉ, TG4 and most recently in several BBC2 Timewatch documentaries. Their most notable involvement in film is their collaboration with French composer Bruno Coulais on the soundtracks for Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar nominated and Annie winning animations The Secret of Kells and The Song of the Sea.

‘One of the most beautifully euphoric live experiences’
– BBC World Review

‘All the wonderful, shamanistic energy of the amazing Kíla’
– The Guardian


Doors 2.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Covid Protocol – Marquee events

CQAF is committed to facilitating the return of live entertainment and the gradual reopening of events. However the safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff remains paramount.

As a condition of entry, ticket holders are being asked to demonstrate their Covid status on entry by providing ONE of the following;

·Proof of full vaccination: both doses received (with the second at least 14 days prior to the event)


· Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival at the event


· Proof of natural covid antibodies based upon a positive PCR test within 180 days of the event (including 10 days self-isolation following the result)

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
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