Stendhal Festival of Art has announced that the award winning, all-encompassing music and arts extravaganza will celebrate its fifth anniversary at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, on August 7 and 8, 2015.
Since its inception in 2011 Stendhal has been likened to a fairy tale come to life, called the coolest event of the summer and named Ireland’s Best Small Festival at the Irish Festival Awards. In 2014, the event enjoyed its most successful year to date as over 4,000 visitors revelled in all that was on offer, including Frightened Rabbit, Paddy Casey and The Undertones, to name the smallest of slices of the Stendhal pie.
Having already announced such acts as Donovan, Kerbdog and DJ Format amongst many others for this Summer’s Stendhal Festival of Art, the organisers are pleased to announce the second raft of performers.
To kick things off we are delighted to announce the return of the one and only Macka B, the Reggae and dancehall pioneer who was the sleeper hit of the 2013 festival.
For over 30 years Macka B has been a standout in British Reggae music and his brand of engaging, humourous and high-energy showmanship means anyone who has ever witnessed him play live before will be eagerly anticipating his return.
Rainy Boy Sleep returns to his old Limavady stomping grounds for what will no doubt be happy homecoming of sorts for Stevie Martin. Since he was last with us at Stendhal, Stevie signed to Universal Records and released the brilliant EP Ambulance.
Also appearing will be Declan O’Rourke, who entered Dublin's singer-songwriter scene in his mid-twenties among the likes of Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes and Damian Rice. His 2004 debut album Since Kyabram was a critical and commercial success and his subsequent follow-ups, 2007’s Big Bad Beautiful World and 2011’s Mag Pai Zai further cemented his place as one of Ireland’s best contemporary singer songwriters.
This year Stendhal is excited to welcome an eclectic international experience courtesy of Afresh, a traditional Zimbabwean folk band led by Gabriel Makamanzi. This truly international band of top-flight musicians from Zimbabwe, Poland, Slovakia, and Ireland was formed in Belfast in 2007 and brings a new slant to African rhythms mixing the eclectic approaches and influences of the players into a one of a kind live experience.
Maria McGrann is a Soprano from County Down who has a wealth of stage experience courtesy of her stunning voice and vocal range. Winning a host of competitions around Ireland over the course of her singing career, Maria’s performance at Stendhal will be her first at a music festival of this type and we can’t wait for people to enjoy her beautiful operatic stylings which will be a perfect addition to a day in Karma Valley.
The Hardchargers are a raw and raucous blues-rock band that take no prisoners with their fierce live shows. Their music is raunchy, exciting, provocative and honest, ranging from down-home washboard/resonator/double bass workouts, to a heady blend of twangy electric blues and roadhouse style rock. Described by the legendary Teri Hooley as “My kind of fecking band,” the Hardchargers have been blazing a trail in the Irish music scene for six years.
Another home-grown Limavady talent is making his Stendhal debut as the front man of his own band this Summer. The Eunan McLaughin Quartet is fronted by Eunan McLauglin and brings together several stellar Jazz musicians who have been wowing audiences across the country since their formation last year.
Axecatcher are a 4-piece hardcore act based in Derry. Punchy, to the point and guaranteed to make a lot of noise, Axecatcher have evolved into a fantastic live act, blending hardcore, punk, prog and heavy rock for a signature sound that might melt your face off.
This Year Stendhal continues to work with local music organisations and welcomes Belfast’s ‘Oh Yeah’ centre to the farm for the first time. Oh Yeah will join with The Nerve Centre to take over the new Keady Corner Stage for the duration of the festival, showcasing some of the best up and coming talents in Northern Ireland. Scheduled to play as part of the ‘Scratch My Progress’ programme are Hot Cops, R51, Sister Ghost, Serotonin, Shadow Police, Ed Butler and more to be announced.
We will be announcing even more acts in the coming weeks as the countdown to Stendhal continues, so stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more announcements coming soon.
Tickets for the event are available at www.stendhalfestival.com
List of all performers:
Friday Night Headline Act – Donovan
Go Wolf (Belfast)
Televisor (London – Amsterdam)
Ciaran Lavery (Tullygally - Armagh)
Sullivan & Gold (Co. Derry/Londonderry)
Ryan Vail (Derry-Londonderry)
Jason Clarke – (Belfast)
Join me in the Pines (ROI)
Oh Volcano (Maghera – Belfast)
Hannah McPhillimy (Coleraine)
Hurdles – (Belfast)
Emma Lusby (Limavady)
Ryan McMullan (Portaferry – Belfast)
Katharine Philippa (Belfast)
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra (USA)
The Bonnevilles (Lurgan – Banbridge)
Robyn G Shiels (Garvagh – Belfast)
LORE (Dungiven – Limavady)
Lauren Bird (Strabane)