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Some Top Summer Festivals in Northern Ireland

There are some excellent Summer festivals coming up in Northern Ireland with music and arts aplenty for all tastes and ages.  Below is just a flavour of what's in store.

Belsonic | 15 - 26 August | Belfast
Belsonic returns to Belfast's Custom House Square this August with another eclectic range of world-class musical artists.  The line-up will include Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Paloma Faith, Stereotypes, The Coronas and Bastille.


Image courtesy of Belsonic 2014

EastSide Arts Festival | 19 - 31 August | Belfast
A 12-day feast of events (many of which are free) at venues around East Belfast and beyond, spanning music, comedy, film, theatre, talks, workshops, exhibitions, poetry and heritage tours.

Newry City Blues Festival | 27 - 31 August | Newry, County Down
Celebrate the end of Summer with a host of top class, local and international blues and jazz performers in Newry's bars and restaurants.  Special, spicy food menus will be available alongside the festival.

Tennent's Vital | 29 - 30 August | Belfast
Taking place at Belfast's Boucher Road Playing Fields, this is one of the biggest events in the local music calendar.  Big names Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, The Script and Kodaline are among the confirmed acts.

Carnival of Colours | 29 - 30 August | St. Columb's Park, Derry~Londonderry
This flagship circus, arts and music festival will be filled with top treats for all the family.  Highlights include the very best of international and local street theatre,  storytelling, workshops and international foods, with evening cabaret, music and comedy.

Belfast Mela | 30 August | Belfast
The Mela (a Sanskrit word meaning 'to meet') returns to the city's Botanic Gardens for a huge multi-cultural celebration of music, dance, food and visual arts.

Gig'n the Bann Festival | 3 - 6 September | Portglenone, County Antrim
A long-running festival known for its impressive line-up of top performers spanning traditional, Scottish, Gospel and Folk Music circles.  2015 acts include The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Phil Coulter, The Illegals, Breaking Trad & Catherine Grimley, The Gribbin Girls and Aurora.

Bluegrass Music Festival | 4 - 6 September | Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, County Tyrone
Head to this popular outdoor museum where there will be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store!  The line-up includes some of the biggest names in bluegrass, hailing from Ireland, England, North America and mainland Europe.

Bluegrass Festival

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