Stendhal Festival of Art
Limavady – 7-8th August 2015
Located outside Limavady, Stendhal aims to host art in various forms. Music, spoken word, comedy and art are all catered for over the course of the two day festival. Stendhal has also undeniably proven itself to be a family centred event with children and families fully catered for all weekend. It is also worth mentioning the site itself. A festival spread over a few fields may not raise too many eyebrows, but there’s plenty on offer over the various stages. One of the most intriguing and picturesque aspects of Stendhal is Woodtown, nestled away in the forest and host to a small acoustic orientated stage as well as film screenings.
Of course, at Chordblossom it’s the music that has drawn us in. Stendhal is largely a local music festival with the vast majority of acts hailing from Northern Ireland. Last year the headliners were Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit. This year the organisers have once again looked to a Scottish act, with Donovan headlining Stendhal 2015. The top of the bill is rounded out by the likes of Kilkenny rockers Kerbdog and the hip hop of DJ Format.
► Top picks
There’s a huge amount of local talent to choose from over Friday and Saturday. The first name on the list has got to be the deserved winner of NI music prize, Robyn G Shiels. The dark and melodic folk that Shiels perfected on last year’s ‘Blood of the Innocents’ is sure to get a good airing at the Limavady site.
The Bonnevilles always aim to turn a few heads and get feet tapping. The duo’s blend of blues rock is guaranteed to get a crowd moving, and no doubt their set at this year’s Stendhal will deliver on that promise.
Elsewhere on the line-up, take your pick from the soft folk of Sullivan & Gold, the cheeky lads from Strabane Freak’s or ukelele songstress and our own Kickstart winner, Lauren Bird
Tickets are priced at £30/£40 for a Friday or Saturday ticket, with a full weekend camping ticket priced at £45. Family weekend tickets are priced at £45-£75.
Stendhal is a two day festival, starting on Friday evening and finishing on Saturday night. It offers campsites for both regular festival goers and families.
More information is available on the Stendhal website.