Gig’n the Bann Festival

03 September - 06 September
The Portglenone Cross Cultural Music and Dance Festival is recognised as one of the premier and much anticipated events on the festival calendar.

2015 will mark the 16th anniversary of the festival, testament to its reputation for offering a highly impressive line-up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish, Gospel and Folk Music circles.

Many world renowned performers from the Irish traditional and Ulster Scots traditions have entertained the appreciative audiences who make the annual trip to Portglenone. Artists such as Sharon Shannon; Dervish; Lúnasa; Guidewires; The Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band; St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band and Cullybackey Pipe Band to name but a few have graced the stage in the historic venue at the Wild Duck Inn.

2015 will be no different with performances from artists such as The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Phil Coulter, The Illegals, Breaking Trad & Catherine Grimley, The Gribbin Girls and Aurora. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with concerts; Pipe Bands; Sessions; Acoustic Cafe; a Family Fun Day; 5K run and walk; Praise Service and an art exhibition by Conor Larkin from Kilrea.

So whether you want to join a session, listen to the sound of the pipes and drums or attend one of the concerts or other events over the course of the weekend there is something for everyone! Mark the 3rd – 6th September 2015 in your diaries and you will be assured a warm welcome and a weekend of top class entertainment on the banks of the Bann!

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NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballymena Tourist Information Centre "The Braid"
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