Press release: JULY 2017

Now in its 5th year, the two day Groove Festival returns to Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, Co. Wicklow in less than four weeks on Saturday 19th August & Sunday 20th August 2017.

Groove Festival, brought to you by Energia, is today reminding festival fans that the offer of free children’s tickets is about to expire. Children aged 12 and under can avail of the amazing offer of a free ticket when booked online before Tuesday 1st August.

Groove Festival is one of Ireland’s premier events for families with a vast array of activities for all the brood. Gates open at 11am daily, with activity kicking off right away with a full schedule of free magic shows, puppet shows, dance workshops, and lots more from the Silly Billy team, plus face painting, balloon making and giant games. For those active little ones, we have zorbs and paddle boards on the lake along and the famous climbing wall, so you can look at the fabulous Groove Festival site of Killruddery House & Gardens.

Groove is the perfect day out for parents too. The best in International and Irish music, delicious food from a hand-picked selection of vendors including Sharon Shannon’s Garden of Vegan, The Happy Pear’s food truck, Bray’s legendary Box Burger and a flavour of Korea with Jaru. New for 2017 is Groove Festival’s wellness quarter, Thrive. With Thrive’s schedule of activities running from 11am-7pm daily, parents can get tips on healthy cooking for their families with Oliver McCabe and Aileen Cox Blundell. Entry to Thrive is included in the main festival ticket price.

2017 will offer even more activities from Groove Festival partners including;

Energia, the festival’s headline partner, will have a series of activities for festival goers to partake in, all highlighting the future of power and Energia’s commitment to sustainability.

The Energia Smartflower, which will be showcased to the public for the first time at Groove Festival, is an easy, efficient, and smart modern day solar panel. The Smartflower ‘petals’ open and respond to the suns movement, and over the weekend will generate enough power to supply all of Energia’s activities at Groove Festival, demonstrating the ever increasing advancements in sustainable energy.

Visitors will be able to experience the Energia Smart Homes of the Future in a virtual reality experience coming to Groove Festival this August. Try the headset and see what’s ahead of us; cars, living rooms, kitchens, home security – the future in reality!

Down Syndrome Ireland, Groove Festival’s official charity partner, are asking visitors to jump aboard a bike and bash out a few k’s to raise vital funds for this worthwhile cause. To make it more of a challenge, your pedal power will decide the winner of the Scalextric car race! The harder you push, the more power generated to get the cars around the track, and the greater the chance of winning prizes, which will be drawn every hour for the top of the leader board!

If relaxing with a beer is more your festival vibe, than the MSL Mercedes-Benz Chill Out Garden is for you. With stunning new Mercedes-Benz models on display, DJ beats and live sax playing over the two days, this garden escape is the perfect place to pitch yourself to enjoy the blistering sunshine!

Sony Xperia, as well as presenting the hottest bands on the festival’s second stage, will bring visitors on an immersive experience to discover the world’s first super slow motion video in a smartphone with Sony Mobile at Groove. Expect to experience more than the human eye can see with the new Xperia XZ Premium at the Sony Mobile stand.

Tickets are on sale now at and start at just €59.50 for an adult one day pass.

Kids aged 12 and under go free when booked online, but must be booked before Tuesday 1st August 2017. *€2.50 booking fee applies per children’s ticket, max 2 free child tickets per adult.

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Kathryn Mason