June 18, 2021
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Sour note: Court row threatens Wicklow’s Kaleidoscope music festival

A High Court dispute could see this year’s Kaleidoscope Music and Arts Festival, which is due to take place in June, cancelled.

The row is between local farmer David Egar and the Alfred Beit Foundation that owns Russborough House and Estate in Blessington, and involves farming rights over lands attached to the estate which the festival will be hosted on.

Mr Egar is looking for a lengthy lease over the lands having farmed more than 100 acres on the estate for 40 years, he claims.

He says that restrictions put in place will limit his ability to farm and that the .

The foundation says it had been willing to offer Mr Egar a lease on the lands but he was unwilling to accept the terms.

As a result, this will impact the festival’s organisers ability to receive and event licence from Wicklow County Council.

The case has been adjourned until later this month.

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