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HEADLINER Johnny Marr, pictured at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2019, which took place in London in September. Pic: Creative Commons/Jwslubbock.

June Bank Holiday weekend 2020 will see a brand-new festival, Saltwater, fill the stunning grounds of the Westport House Estate with music. Put together by the people behind Sea Sessions, Saltwater will showcase top international and Irish talent, with over 60 acts playing across three stages.
Headliners Dermot Kennedy and Johnny Marr will be joined by a host of acclaimed international and Irish acts, including Maverick Sabre, The Stranglers, Lyra, Lee Scratch Perry, Jerry Fish, Norman Jay, Joanne Keegan and Coda, with many more to be announced over the coming months.
With an extraordinary career that has seen him shoot to global fame, Dermot Kennedy is known around the world for such hits as ‘Outnumbered’, ‘Power Over Me’ and ‘Glory’. His music touches people’s hearts, and his set promises to be one of the defining moments of the festival.
The legendary Johnny Marr needs little introduction, having spent nearly four decades in the music business as both a guitarist in The Smiths and a celebrated solo artist.
One of the first festivals of the summer, Saltwater aims to be an expression of life on Ireland’s rugged wild Atlantic coast, celebrating music, food, culture, wellness and the rich heritage of Westport.
Festival director, Ray O’Donoghue, explained: “There’s so much history in Westport and Westport House that when the opportunity to host a new festival came up, we jumped at the chance. We put a lot of work into getting the right lineup, and we’re over the moon with how it’s turned out.  
“The festival is not only about a world-class music lineup, it’s also about experiencing all that Westport has to offer. With more acts, food tents, cultural events, pop up parties and so much more to be announced – we’ve plenty of surprises in store.”

Saltwater takes place over three days, from Friday, May 29, to Sunday, May 31. Tickets (day, €64; weekend, €144) go on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and on this Friday, December 13, at 9am. Camping options also available. Visit for more details.