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Bressie rules out Blizzards reunion

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Bressie rules out Blizzards reunion

The Voice of Ireland coach and solo star is set to play his biggest show of the year but he rules out appearing with his mates from The Blizzards.

Both Bressie and his friends from his former band, who are now reborn under the new name Sircles, will both be appearing at the Celtic-themed Festival of Fires in their hometown of Mullingar on May 5 but the singer says playing together may “send out the wrong message”.

“We’re all still good mates but I think that me getting up in stage with them might be a bit sentimental and also might send out the wrong message,” Bressie told RTÉ Ten. “It’s their gig and I don’t want to take away from what they're doing.

"I’m doing my gig and they’re doing their gig. We did talk about it at Oxegen last year but I wasn’t even established as a solo artist then. Anyway this festival is bigger than the acts. It really is a spectcualar event.”

The Festival of Fires is described as a mix of Burning Man, the legendary American music event, and Braveheart and it takes places on the Hill of Uisneach in Mullingar on Saturday May 5.

A total of 70 bands including Hothouse Flowers, Jape, Hawkwind, Royseven, Donal Lunny, Kíla and The Kilfenora Céilí Band will play across six stages.

Apart from the music, the festival highlight is the fire parade and ceremony during which fires are lit firstly at Uisneach and then on hills throughout the country. The parade features hundreds of illuminated floats, the award-winning Uisneach Warriors on horseback and hundreds of Europe’s top fire performers.

“Think Burning Man meets Braveheart and you?re nearly there,” says festival organiser Paddy Dunning. “Festival of Fires will set the ancient seat of the High Kings alight with the very best in arts, culture, ceremony, history and heritage, crafts, debate, artisan food and drink, ancient Celtic sports, re-enactments, rituals and music.”

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