FEST: Irish 2000 Festival in Ballston Spa This Weekend

September 15th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival

The annual Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival is Greater Nippertown’s biggest Celtic music event this side of St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, it’s one of the top five Irish music fests in the entire United States.

This weekend, the fest is returning to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa with a line-up of more than 20 Celtic music performers, spanning musical genres from rock to folk and beyond.

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The gates to the Irish 2000 Fest open at 5pm on Friday (September 18) with a four-band line-up featuring Flashpoint, the Fighting Jamesons, Screaming Orphans and Glengarry Bhoys.

On Saturday (September 19), the fest kicks into high gear with three stages worth of music running all day long, beginning at 12noon with headliners the Young Dubliners. There will also be an additional Irish dance stage.

Friday only tickets are $16 in advance; $20 at the gate. Saturday only tickets are $18 in advance; $25 at the gate. Two-day all-festival passes are $29 in advance only. Children age 12 and under are free.

Here’s the schedule of performances:

FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 18)
5:45pm: Flashpoint
6:35pm: The Fighting Jamesons
7:55pm: Screaming Orphans
9:30pm: Glengarry Bhoys

SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 19)
Coors Light Stage (Contemporary)
12:30pm: Hair of the Dog
2:10pm: Emish
4pm: Screaming Orphans
5:50pm: Shilelagh Law
7:40pm: The Young Dubliners
9:30pm: The Fighting Jamesons

Timothy J. Nelligan Stage (Traditional)
12noon: Flashpoint
1:30pm: The McKrells
3pm: Daimh
5pm: The Druids
7pm: Get Up Jack

Patricia McSweeney Memorial Stage
12noon: Triskele
1:15pm: Shadowland
2:25pm: Rakish Paddy
3:35pm: Frank Jaklitsch
4:15pm: Three Irish Voices
5:05pm: Who’s Your Paddy
6:10pm: The Brothers Flynn

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2015:
The Plaza at 50 Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 9/16/15, FREE
FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/18-20/15
LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany, 9/19/15, FREE
Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 9/19&20/15, FREE
American Music Festival for the Lake @ Wood Park, Lake George, 9/26-27/15
Bridge Jazz Festival @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy) and Massry Center for the Arts (Albany, 2/26&27/16