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Some Top Summer Festivals in Northern Ireland

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

August Féile | 31 July - 10 August | Belfast
Ireland's largest community festival plays host to headlining music from home and abroad, plus a diverse range of dance, literature, drama, exhibitions, family fun, sports events, tours, discussions and debates and Irish language events.  This year's headline acts include The Kaiser Chiefs, Frances Black and Boyzone.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival | 31 July - 10 August | Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
This annual multi-arts festival celebrates the work and influence of Irish Nobel Prize writer Samuel Beckett, who attended school in the island town.  The diverse programme features theatre, music, visual arts and writer and artist talks in a variety of venues from churches to bars and even Fermanagh's famous Marble Arch Caves.

7 Hills Blues Festival | 7 - 10 August | Armagh City
From Chicago Rhythm to Funk Style this festival brings some of the finest Blues bands to the atmospheric streets of Armagh, with local bands taking their place amongst top class international acts.  Fringe events add an artistic and family-orientated buzz, with eateries and shops getting involved to bring a real Blues feel to the city.

Stendhal Festival | 8 - 9 August | Limavady, County Londonderry
This award-winning music and arts festival will return for a fourth year to Ballymully Cottage Farm near Limavady.  There will be a vast array of musical genres over five stages, headlined by 'Legenderry' outfit The Undertones and Scottish Indie rockers Frightened Rabbit. 

Belfast MelaBelsonic | 15 - 22 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 Example, Biffy Clyro, Kodaline, Tom Odell, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers, Queens of the Stone Age and Imagine Dragons.

Belfast Mela | 24 August | Belfast
The Mela returns to the city's Botanic Gardens for an eighth year of world music, dance, food, fashion and fun.  'King of Bhangra' Malkit Singh will headline the world stage and will be joined by an array of talent including Cuban beats from Son Yambu, rousing gospel music from Discovery Gospel Choir, energetic dhol drumming from Virtue Dholis and Bollywood beautifulness from Rafquat Ali Khan & The Bollywood Brass Band.  There will also be special local showcases from the Ulster Youth Choir and Irish language group An Droichead.

Tennent's Vital | 21 - 24 August | Belfast
Returning to Belfast's Boucher Road Playing Fields, this will be one of the biggest music events of the year.  The Killers, Bastille, David Guetta and Steve Angello have been confirmed to play to date.

Hilden BreweryHilden Beer and Music Festival | 22 - 24 August | Hilden Brewery, Lisburn, County Antrim
A favourite for all lovers of beer and music, the Hilden Beer and Music Festival is a celebration of the best beers in the UK and Ireland and our finest local musical talent.  The independent brewery's unique Georgian courtyard will be packed to the brim with an outdoor gourmet kitchen, a great range of craft beers and live music in a fantastic, intimate venue.

Sunflowerfest | 22 - 25 August | Hillsborough, County Down

This well established festival of music and arts will feature top local and international bands and artists performing over five stages in a beautiful setting at Tubby's Farm, near Hillsborough.  Headline acts are The Orb, The Answer and Mojo Fury.  A family friendly festival with camping on-site, you can kick back and relax while the kids enjoy storytelling, puppetry, craft workshops, painting and exploring the enchanted glade.

Open House Festival in Bangor | 3 - 31 August | Bangor, County Down
The Bangor festival will feature headline concerts, informal music sessions, comedy, poetry, walking tours and exhibitions throughout August in various venues around the town.  The festival kicks off with a free, family friendly Bluegrass Picnic in Ward Park on Sunday 3 August.

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