Dylanfest boosts Moville business

Dino Tocco on stage in Moville. (0507PG43)
Dino Tocco on stage in Moville. (0507PG43)

The sun was shining on Moville this weekend as hundreds of Bob Dylan fans flocked to the town for the return of the annual DylanFest.

As many people enjoyed the combination of sunshine and good music, many of the business people in the town enjoyed a rare boost to their sales.

Organiser Gerry McLaughlin (below) described the festival as the “most successful one to date.”

While businessman, Mick Cavanagh, owner of Rawdons Bar on the Malin Road, said he was delighted with the boost to business.

“It was a lot busier than a normal weekend for sure. We were busy all day Saturday and with the live music on that night in the Malin Road, people hung around.”

However it wasn’t just Saturday that proved to be a hit with people, the crowd stayed for the whole weekend.

“Friday night as well was a lot busier than normal, I had extra staff on in the bar, but they were very busy. The Dylanfest definitely brought a good crowd of tourists about the town.”

Organiser Gerry McLaughlin said all but two of Moville’s pubs had a Dylan act on and there were lots of visitors around.

“The acts were the highest quality that we’ve had and we discovered two more, Jacques Mees from Holland and Gary Teer from the Ardoyne in Belfast who played McGettigan’s on Saturday night.

“It was great to have it back out in the street again with Al Diesan & Pino Tocco, the stars of last year, and Spring Tides played a fantastic gig at the Picnic In The Park on Saturday up at the White Wall.”

Surprisingly Gerry said he was delighted with the amount of families who came out to watch the music and enjoy the atmosphere.

The Scotch man believes this will stand by Moville in future and help boost there tourism potential.

“It was great to see the families out watching it. It all bodes well for next year when it will coincide with the Round-The-World Clipper Race,” he concluded.