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Thrive, where music meets wellness


Thrive, Groove Festival’s all new health, fitness and wellness quarter, offers festival goers the chance to relax, rejuvenate and reenergise the mind, body and soul through a jam-packed programme of over 35 free movement classes, wellness workshops and inspirational talks. Access to Thrive, where Retreat Meets Music, is all inclusive in the incredible value festival tickets. Day tickets to Groove are just €59.50 (+booking fee) for the best in music on the main stage, including Primal Scream, UB40, Hothouse Flowers, Hudson Taylor, Jerry Fish plus lots more including the most exciting of emerging Irish music talent on the Sony Xperia Stage.

Groovers can ‘rise and rave’ into their festival day with the hugely popular Morning Gloryville, kick starting the Thrive schedule on Saturday 19th at 11.30am. The jam packed schedule, will run from 11am to 7pm over the two days of Groove Festival, with access and participation for all classes included within the price of the Festival ticket.

Whether it’s letting their hair down to a vibrant dance class, realigning the body with Platinum Pilates, or finding a moment of zen with classes from some of Ireland’s leading yoga teachers including Julie Burke, Cathy Pearson and Kitty Maguire, the Thrive Movement Stage will have festival goers stretched, loose and ready for an evening of dancing to the sounds of Groove Festival’s stellar line up of top international and local music acts.

For those that don’t want to don the athleisure look, there is plenty to discover at the Thrive Talks Stage, in association with Appliances Delivered, where health and wellness experts including Andrea Hayes, Chris Flack, Emma Buckley and Roz Purcell, will share the secrets to nourishing the body and mind, inside and out. Activity will include healthy cooking demonstrations from the live on-stage kitchen, panel discussions, wellness workshops, and in formative Q&A sessions where you can put your burning questions to the experts.

Thrive’s Wellness Marketplace will feature a hand picked selection of exciting brands and practitioners from the growing Irish health food and wellness industry. Thrive at Groove Festival is perfectly timed to help people kick back into action as the end of the summer holidays approach, with September now becoming the new January for people taking control of their health.

Food, nutrition, wellness, exercise and mindfulness all are becoming core to people’s life and health strategies, and not just for themselves but for the whole family. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predict that adulthood obesity by 2020 will impact 40% of men and 37% of women in Ireland. Currently it is estimated by Safe Food Ireland that 4/5 children in the Republic of Ireland do not meet Government Physical Activity Guidelines.

The exciting line up will feature over 20 leading names from the world of health, fitness and wellness in Ireland including:

  • Roz Purcell from Natural Born Feeder, will be speaking on all things healthy eating and giving a cooking demo of her delicious, nutritious food.
  • Emma Buckley will be discussing how to make healthy eating easy for a busy family.
  • Oliver McCabe, author of Fit Food and owner of Dalkey’s Select Stores, will be speaking about childhood obesity and how to teach your kids healthy habits in the kitchen.
  • Andrea Hayes, author and broadcaster will host a workshop on goal setting and mindfulness.
  • Holly White will be speaking about taking steps to swapping to a plant based diet.
  • Learn to switch off with talks from Chris Flack of UnPlug. He will lead two discussions, Managing Screens at Home and Switching OFF and recharging in an always on world. Don’t we all need these!
  • Baby Led Weaning expert Aileen Cox Blundell will be giving lots of advice and demonstrations for the littlest Groovers.
  • Enjoy yoga with live looping from Gary Dunne of WILD, a movement and music fusion for creative people.
  • The Sea Gardener, Marie Power, will be leading a seaweed cooking workshop and giving fascinating insights about foraging for it plus it’s benefits.
  • Platinum Pilates, Damy Redmond, will be getting you flexed and ready for day at Thrive.
  • Kids & Toddler Yoga will be lots of fun for the children and parents alike.

Thrive is the next-generation of wellness festivals where you can balance doing a yoga class then chill out enjoying the best of music, food and festival fun. After all, living a healthy life is of course all about balance!

Check out the full schedule here.

It is now less than six weeks to go until the all new Groove Festival, brought to you by Energia, returns to the stunning Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, Co. Wicklow, for the last hurrah of the summer fun this August 19-20.

Book your tickets here and prepare to be inspired at Thrive.