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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.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival | 23 July - 3 August | Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
A multi-arts festival celebrating Irish Nobel Prize writer Samuel Beckett, who attended school in Enniskillen.  The line-up features theatre, dance, film, visual arts and literature, with international names from across the arts world.  Quirky venues include the island town's four churches and nearby Devenish Island. 

August Féile | 30 July - 9 August | Belfast
Ireland's largest community festival plays host to headlining music from home and abroad, as part of a diverse range of events including comedy, sporting, exhibitions, tours, drama and debates.  This year's headline acts include UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, plus comedian Frankie Boyle.

August Féile

Sunflowerfest | 31 July - 2 August | Hillsborough, County Down
This well established and family-oriented festival will feature superb live music, storytelling, poetry and interactive art, dance and music workshops, in a beautiful setting with on-site camping at Tubby's Farm near Hillsborough.

7 Hills Blues Festival | 6 - 9 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 appearing alongside top class international acts.  Fringe events add an artistic and family-oriented buzz, with eateries and shops getting involved to bring a real Blues feel to the city.

7 hills blues

Stendhal Festival | 7 - 8 August | Limavady, County Londonderry
This multi-award-winning music and arts festival will return for a fifth year to Ballymully Cottage Farm near Limavady.  There will be a vast array of musical genres, including Friday night headliner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Donovan.

Club MTV | 15 August | Derry~Londonderry
Following on from the success of MTV's visit to the city in 2014, there will be an MTV Club event at Ebrington Square this Summer.  Stay tuned for line-up announcements. 

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

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.

Hilden Beer and Music Festival | 28 - 30 August | Hilden Brewery, Lisburn, County Antrim
A favourite for all lovers of beer and music, at Ireland's oldest independent brewery.  Enjoy more than 20 acts over three music stages, with three bars serving over 30 ales, stouts, lagers and ciders from Ireland and Britain, plus a food village in the front garden. 

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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