Music Focus: Packed fourth edition of festival

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ROCK… Last year’s Monsters of Rot festival. Photo: Dan Doran

The fourth edition of the ‘Monsters of Rot’ festival takes place this weekend, and Ryan Smith caught up with Josh Phair to hear what it’s all about…

THE FOURTH edition of the Monsters of Rot festival takes place this Saturday, August 16.

 Encompassing an eclectic mix of genres including punk, grindcore, death metal, doom, hardcore and noise, the festival takes place in the Halfway Inn, Letterbreen.

And there is plenty of the what has made the previous festivals unique, as well as new features to keep things fresh.

Spokesman Josh Phair explained: “Last year was the first embodiment of the festival not to feature the ‘noise’ genre, however in a bid to revive the original spirit of the festival, we’re going one step further this year and dedicating an entire stage to it. As far as we’re aware, this is the first time that something like this has been attempted.”

Music site Planet Mosh ( attended last year’s festival and will now sponsor the main stage – and locally brewed craft beer, Inishmacsaint are also sponsoring the festival.

Josh went on: “A number of other websites and podcasts have also taken an interest, and seeing such enthusiasm for MOR IV makes us believe that this is year is going to be biggest yet, not just in terms of the organisation and acts, but the crowd and craic as well.”

Camping facilities are available for anyone who wishes to stay the night, and had people from all over Ireland attending last year. MOR IV is an 18+ plus event, however organisers do permit people under 18 as long as they are accompanied by a supervising adult. The MOR IV marshals will be on hand to oversee things, and make sure that everyone has a great time, safely.

Tickets cost £15/€18, which includes access to the stages, bars, camping, fast food and merch areas etc. The merch area will feature CDs/LPs and apparel from the festival artists and more, and will also feature MOR IV t-shirts and hoodies.

Josh added: “We’d love to see more of the local populace attending this year, as we have 24 great Irish and international acts including, the recently signed Coldwar and Putrefy, as well as Phoresy, b°tong and more!

“We have something here that should entice everyone into coming down. Everyone working on MOR is extremely passionate about it and want nothing more than to see it exceed expectations, we also know Fermanagh folk are the best craic, and would love to see them show the rest of the country how we celebrate and let loose.”

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