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“The Kilkenny Roots Festival is an incredible festival, the intimacy of it is something that people should try to replicate around the world”. The words of Calexico’s Joey Burns after their first and only other performance at the Kilkenny Roots Festival. That was Friday 1 May, 1999.

With Christmas coming somewhat early for fans of the Kilkenny Roots Festival – pound for pound one if the best music festivals in the country – organisers this morning announced that Calexico will be returning to Kilkenny to headline next year’s festival with a late date at Set Theatre on Sunday 3 May.

Needless to say, we’re already planning and strategising the approach to the May Bank Holiday weekend.

It’s been a busy week or two of early announcements from the festival with confirmations also that Aoife O’Donovan is returning to Kilkenny, this time alongside Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz while Kacy and Clayton are also destined for the Marble City.

Keep an eye on KilkennyRoots.com over the coming weeks for more, or check in on the festival Facebook page here.

Watch: Calexico

Listen: Confirmed Acts for Kilkenny Roots Festival 2015