Turin Brakes stand on stage at Stendhall Festival (Ireland)

Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and sometimes hallucinations, when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly profound and a large amount of art is in the same place.

If that sounds appealing to you, then you should consider seeing Turin Brakes at Stendhal Festival, because our favourite band is gonna be playing there. The festival just confirmed Turin Brakes via their Twitter.  The festival takes place on 20 August 2011 in Ireland. Like Headstock (where TB are also playing), this is a non-profit organisation:

In keeping with our innate ethos Stendhal festival model is assured to make everyone involved in this first year a stakeholder in 3 years time. We (friends/ family/ local traders/ artists) are launching Stendhal Festival of Art as a not for profit vehicle until we reach a feasible point whereby we can restructure to a co-operative model. The Stendhal Co-op shall benefit all founders to include; 5 charities (MS Society, Parkinson’s, Foyle Hospice and two others), fund innovative regional arts programmes with colleges/ community groups/ Limavady Civic Centre and other artistic outlets annually and YOU.

Anyone attending the festival twice in the first three years (up to a limited amount) shall become a member of the co-operative and avail annually (for life) thereafter of a free ticket to Stendhal, affirming our commitment to all whom support the project from day one.

Cool, right? Anyway, the rest of the line-up will consist of indie bands, poetry, theatre and many other art forms. Check out the website for more details on the festival, including already confirmed acts.

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