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Barefoot Expression sesh hits Ireland's Sea Sessions



Sea Sessions

Details of Sea Sessions ASP Europe Speciality Surfing event emerge

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 April, 2012 : - -  Surf history will be made once again in Ireland when award-winning Co. Donegal festival Sea Sessions, hosts the UK and Irelands only Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe speciality event. The Barefoot Expression Session in association with Billabong will see the top surfers of Europe eyeing up the cash prize and taking each other on in a 'best move wins' viewer-friendly format.

Prize fund includes 3,000 Euro total prize purse for the overall winner, as well as an 11 day surf cruise worth 2,200 Euro with in sun-drenched North Sumatra for best Irish surfer. Previous Expression Session winners Alan Stokes and Cain Kilcullan will this year be joined by Billabong Team rider Reubyn Ash

Weekend tickets for Sea Sessions 2012 (June 29th, 30th and July 1st) are €88.50. Day tickets Fri/Sat/Sun are €50.

Musical Lineup

The Sea Sessions 2012 Festival line-up has finally been announced! Following the success of the award-winning festival's 2011 stellar line-up, event organisers have pulled out all the stops to bring you what promises to be this year's biggest beach party, jam-packed with exciting activities and pumping tunes all in the surrounds of beautiful Bundoran, Co. Donegal!

The original '24 Hour Party People' are back with the definitive line-up for the first time in over 19 years; Bez, Gary Whelan, Mark Day, Paul Davies, Paul Ryder, Rowetta and Shaun Ryder. 'Hallelujah' it's the Happy Mondays. After dominating the pop charts in the late 80's and early 90's, the Mancunian band will take to the Main Stage on Sunday, playing classics from their well-known albums; 'G-Man' (1987), 'Bummed' (1988), 'Pills 'n' Thrills' and 'Bellyaches' (1990), along with more recent releases. 'Step On' & let the good times roll with the Kings of Madchester!

Riot starters Kaiser Chiefs rock into Bundoran on June 29th, comprising of vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick Baines and drummer Nick Hodgson. The Leeds natives resurrect the spirit of The Jam with their 'I Predict A Riot' supercharged power pop hit that quickly electrified Britain and further afield when it was released in 2004, followed by their debut double platinum album; 'Employment,' which remained in the top ten charts for several months, becoming one of the best-selling artists of 2005. Not forgetting their second album; 'Yours Truly, Angry Mob' (2007), yielded 'Ruby', a number one single in the UK. 2008 brought their third album 'Off With Their Heads', and following a three-year hiatus, they returned to the studio & released 'The Future Is Medieval' in June 2011. Don't miss the bands foot-stomping live performance on the Main Stage on Friday night.

Top Irish act The Coronas have risen through the ranks to become one of the biggest bands in the country, with three hit albums to their name, numerous awards, and a succession of hugely well received live tours. Expect them to liven-up the main stage on Saturday night with their foot stomping singles 'Addicted To Progress' and 'Mark My Words'.

Simon & Oscar (OCEAN COLOUR SCENE) will arrive in Bundoran to play a very special acoustic set, not to be missed. The duo themselves command sellout crowds just as much as they do with the full band, and never fail to disappoint with hits such as 'The Day We Caught The Train', 'Hundred Mile High City', 'Better Day' and 'Travellers Tune'. Despite the name, Fujiya & Miyagi are neither Japanese nor a duo. The Brighton boys are known for their electronic sound heavily influenced by Krautrock and the likes of Aphex Twin, or so they say themselves. 'Ankle Injuries' was a massive club hit and their live shows are known for their tight, hypnotic and pulsating electronic sound.

Not to be outdone by our neighbours, local Irish talent will be strongly represented again this year with live performances from JAPE (Double Choice Prize winner), DELORENTOS, WE CUT CORNERS, NEON WOLF, TOBY KAAR and THIS CLUB. Returning by popular demand are THE MINUTES, HAM SANDWICH & electro-pop outfit BITCHES WITH WOLVES, to mention a few.

Famously known as the 'Run' in RUN DMC, Rev RUN is a respected rapper from the golden age of Hip-Hop, who broke out on his own in the mid-2000's. Run and his friend Darryl McDaniels formed the rap group RUN DMC, with Jam Master Jay completing the group's lineup in 1982. They went on to sell millions of albums and brought Hip-Hop from the underground on to daytime chart topping radio, thus paving the way for future Hip-Hop stars. Their hits include 'It's Like That', 'It's Tricky', and their rock-fusion hit of Aerosmiths's 'Walk This Way'. Run released his solo album 'Distortion' in 2005, so expect some cool cuts from this reverend of Hip-Hop on the Main Stage in Bundoran!

Darren Foreman, better known as Beardyman, is a musician from London renowned for his beatboxing skills and use of live-looping technology. He found world-wide fame when he uploaded The Kitchen Diaries; a spoof cookery show which used beats as ingredients on to various video-sharing sites, which led to appearances on Lily Allen's chat show, a support slot on Groove Armada's U.K. tour, and a performance at Glastonbury. The "King of Sound and Ruler of Beats" according to the BBC, is not to be missed at this year's festival.

Following the success of last year, the BEAT SHACK is back with another stellar line-up of world-class DJs, including headliners; Krafty Kuts, Raf Daddy (The 2 Bears), LTJ Bukem feat MC Conrad, along with Billy Scurry, Pete Isaac, Dom Servini, Scribble Sound System & Michael Keep Schtum.

The Hot 8 Brass Band are an original bona fide marching brass band from the city of New Orleans, who most recently featured in series 2 of 'Treme' as both actors and performers. Founded by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook, The Hot 8 have been playing traditional New Orleans brass band music professionally since 1995. The band have most recently appeared at The Apollo with Dr. John, Lou Reed, Nicolas Payton and others for the annual Great Day in Harlem. They have released three critically acclaimed recordings and are featured on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording on Time-Life Records.

Canadian indie rock band Yukon Blonde will stop off in Bundoran during their world tour, to perform 'Warm Summer Harmonies' from their album 'Tiger Talk'. The track, 'Radio', assaults the speakers with a brash stomp worthy of early Elvis Costello, while 'Oregon Shores' blends its bouncy rhythm and sunny vocal harmonies with an epic, face-melting guitar solo, whilst another of their popular songs, My Girl, taps into power pop greatness with its "whoa-oh" refrain. Expect these tunes to become your anthems of Spring/Summer!

England's best Disco and House live import Crazy P will be playing tracks off their latest album, 'When We On'[, alongside their back catalogue. Expect a cracking live performance with the usual charisma from front woman Danielle Moore!

Irish duo We Cut Corners write short songs on drums and guitar. The critically acclaimed debut album 'Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards' was released in Ireland in 2011 and was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year. (Hot Press) 4**** "Lyrics are great throughout, reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian at their most sweetly caustic." This buzz band should not be missed on the sunny shores of Bundoran in June! 

The water is going to be just as hot as the music this year with Ireland's largest cash prize in surfing on offer. Barefoot Wines have pulled out all the corks to get behind the landmark event which is the only surf competition in Ireland to be sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe. The Barefoot Expression Session in association with Billabong will see the top surfers of Europe eyeing up the cash prize and taking each other on in a viewer friendly format.

"Last year the Expression Session was the first speciality event ASP Europe endorsed in Ireland or the UK, and saw the best of Europe pitted against the best in Ireland and the UK. It's a testament to the quality of the event that's staged here in Bundoran and also the quality of the waves in the area that it's happening again this year" said festival organiser and co-owner of Bundoran Surf Co. Pete Craig. "The format is simple, the best move/wave depending on conditions wins the heat, simple as."

Once again, this event will further cement Ireland's place as one of the world's best surfing destinations whilst giving exposure to some of the best surfers that ride its waves. There will be a waiting period from the Friday to the Monday of the Sea Sessions weekend, with a 'retro event' taking place on the Saturday which will be open to all surfers.

Sea Sessions, in association with Heineken, is for the first time hitting the road this April/May to bring the party, tunes and our 'surf contest' to cities and surf towns around Ireland. The tour will kick off in Galway's Roisin Dubh on Friday April 13th, with Crazy P before heading north to The Black Box in Belfast (April 21st), with a performance from Fujiya & Miyagi.

The May bank holiday weekend will see two events deep in the roots of Irish surfing; one in the Rebel County, Cork, and another in the epicentre of surfing in the West, Lahinch. Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) will take to the stage at The Market Bar in Kinsale on Saturday 5th May and O'Looneys Bar in Lahinch the following night.

While 'The Barefoot Expression Session in association with Billabong' is invite-only, there's a chance for surfers to take part through the 'Sea Sessions on Tour with Heineken' events in Cork and Lahinch. Winners here will be guaranteed a wildcard entry into the "invite-only" 'Barefoot Expression Session in association with Billabong' over the Sea Sessions weekend.

Register at for a chance to win an invite to 'Crazy P' (Galway) or 'Fujiya & Miyagi' (Belfast). Ollie Teeba's (The Herbaliser) gigs in Kinsale and Lahinch are based on FREE admission, so just turn up and join the party! The 'venue take over' will see Sea Sessions ticket giveaways, surf gear give-aways, and of course banging tunes and a Heineken in everyone's hand.

Sea Sessions 2012 will again cater for the action sports fan with the return of the Skate and BMX displays. The crowd will not be left disappointed as the cream of extreme sports performers will wow and thrill spectators with the Adrenaline State High Octane BMX and Stunt Bike Display. 'Adrenaline State' brings the Ultra Dynamic Adrenaline Mash-Up to Sea Sessions this year. The multi-discipline biking spectacle will feature some of Europe's best BMX, stunt and trials biking riders. Their playground will be an elaborate purpose-built course that includes anything from mashed-up cars and industrial electric spools, to ramp and kicker madness. Let the fun begin!

The Surfers Village will this year have its home at the now world famous 'The Peak' surf break, which in 2011 hosted the European Surfing Championships. Expect a mixture of food, shopping and displays to keep you entertained throughout the weekend as some of your favourite brands show off their wares.

Sea Sessions are celebrating Olympics year too - and you don't need to go near London! Bundoran's Main Beach and the powerful Atlantic Ocean will provide the perfect backdrop for the 2012 Sea Sessions Barefoot Beach Olympics.

It will be held across the weekend with events such as Ultimate Frisbee, Tag Rugby, Soccer Tournament, Sprints, Flags and Volleyball. The winning teams will again have a chance to scoop the overall prize of €500! After last years action-packed games, team places are sure to be at a premium! Register your team or your team place now by emailing, so get practicing and you could be crowned the Ultimate Sea Sessions 2012 Olympian! 
Camping available from €30 for a four night weekend pass. Tickets can be bought directly from or from all HMV Stores nationwide. Camping, self-catering accommodation, bed & breakfasts and hotels are readily available in the surrounding area of Bundoran and along the coast of Co. Donegal. 

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Author: Lorna Fox

Tags: Seasessions, Ireland, Festivals, ASP Europe, County Donegal

Events: Surfersvillage



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