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Sam Bishop

It Just Wasn’t Meant To Be

Without the sentinel compass point of ALS, we are finding ourselves suddenly and startlingly at the point where we normally embark to the bucolic pastures of The Manor – busy creating magic from the scattered dust of our dreams.⁠⠀

So, while we have accepted our collective 2020 fate as best we can, we still didn’t want to let the moment pass, and not to mark the weekend that ALS 2020 was due to erupt without some celebration, and some iteration of the programme we had drawn together over the past 12 months.⁠⠀

It Just Wasn’t Meant To Be ALS 2020 Online presents live performances from your favourite corners of Killyon Manor and beyond from:⁠⠀

Line Up

Jape | Anna Mieke X Glasshouse | Rozi Plain (UK) | The Bonk | Fazer Fazer Fazer (DE) | Rachael Lavelle | Jonny Dillon (solo guitar) | Young Hearts Run Free & More.

SAT AUG 15th, 8pm : ALS Shift Shack LIVE from The Shift Shack⁠⠀

SUN AUG 16th, 8pm : It Just Wasn’t Meant To Be ALS 2020 Online⁠

The programmes are free to air on our website, facebook and twitch channels.

Prize Draw

We invite viewers to purchase tickets by donation online for each night, priced at €10 +Vat & booking fee. Every ticket holder will be entered into a draw with the chance to win some very impressive hampers. Here are some of the prizes to fill the hampers:

  • 2 x tickets to Another Love Story 2021
  • Boutique Camping for 2 at ALS 2021
  • A 2-night midweek stay for one at Killyon Manor’s stunning artist/writer/yogi’s cabin
  • 4 x €25 vouchers to Happenings outdoor events such as Cinema or Yoga
  • A voucher for the Fumbally Shop in Dublin 8
  • 4 x Another Love Story t-shirts
  • A selection of classy & crisp Blackwater Gins
  • A bottle of tasty Natterjack Whiskey
  • A case of delicious White Hag Craft Beer

So pick up a ticket here, and in doing so you’ll be helping to pay for the artists & performers on the night.


Supported by;

Many thanks to generous support by the Goethe Institute, Meath County Council, Natterjack Whiskey, White Hag, Poachers, Blackwater Gin and Bodytonic.

It Just Wasn’t Meant To Be x


Each year we spend the winter months mining the myriad of options to find just the right mix of artists and performers to match the moments and mood of the weekend at ALS.

We don’t reach for the obvious names all the time, we try to ensure that we get those moods right to make a the weekend flow as it should.

From the gentle gesturing of ALS newcomers Lemoncello through the somewhat wild and free ranging electronic jazz of Szun Waves and onto the beautiful windswept rhythms of Christian Loffler and all in between, we’re beyond excited for this year’s carefully curated collection of acts for ALS19.

Not only have we got cutting edge Irish and international live acts, but we also reach into the treasure chest of djs – of course the Shift Shack is held by our beloved Shift Shack Sound System, but we add brilliant party starters – Alex From Tokyo, The Drifter and Cork’s John Hennessy amongst others – the party is going to be first class no doubt.

That’s before our usual collection of off stage pop up performances in the parlour rooms, the wild woods and the cosy corners of The Manor.

All serve as the perfect accompaniment to your time spent with us from August 16th – 18th !

My Love Story feat. BANTUM

MY LOVE STORY | We are delighted to unveil the first full instalment of our short film series – My Love Story featuring the very talented BANTUM.

The idea behind the series is to use the platform we have to shine a light on the passions of the people who make ALS what it is – performers, artists, crew or attendees.

Each year we will pick one such person, and use the short film to follow their experience at the festival, and to dig just a little deeper into their work.

We would like to thank Ronan Fox and Tiny Ark for the brilliant production, and especially to Ruairi, Mark LeTissier and all involved in the BANTUM gang for being a part of it.

Festivals are essentially nothing but gatherings of people, and it is these people who make them so special.

Though many people arrive to the finished product, there is a shimmering iceberg of submerged though, talent and hard work that goes into each edition of Another Love Story which sits submerged beneath the glittering surface.

We hope the My Love Story series highlights the artistry and work of the individuals who make ALS so compelling.

(and also that it gets the bones shaking just a little bit for August)

Big Love

ALS xxx