DFEi Music were the first college in Ireland to host and manage a stage at an established music festival. Over the May bank holiday weekend, a mix of 30 past and present DFEi acts and DJ's performed at the Vantastival Festival. DFEi Music observed over 1,500 visitors to their stage, over the festival weekend.
Colm O'Maolagain from Festival and Gig Guide said “I have to mention the DFEi stage which is the first stage you meet beside the entrance as you walk into the site. DFEi (Formerly Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education) have filled their stage with 3 days’ worth of acts from the college. I popped in an out during the weekend and I have to say that whatever they are doing in the college, it’s working because from the sound, stage setup and the acts themselves, well it didn’t come off as a “College” type set-up at all; in fact I didn’t know what DFEi stood for until yesterday, I thought it was commercial sponsor."
Benny Taafe, Director of VANTASTIVAL confirmed to DFEi Music Founder John McFadden that they will continue with the DFEi Music Stage at Vantastival 2015 and beyond. The label has seen many acts go on to have success,, recent examples include "The National" by Lethal Dialect from 2012's Native album featured on RTE's hit show Love/Hate, while Martin McAndrew who featured on 2007's "Our Space" is now travelling the world with Bastille as part of their crew.