Following the return of live music to Northern Ireland with Stendhal’s July weekend, the festival celebrates its tenth anniversary in a week’s time with a full schedule across three days. The festival has finalised the weekend’s line-up across Thursday, Friday and Saturday which features a host of their old favourites and lots of new faces.
Amongst the acts taking to the festival’s various stages next weekend are Ash. This is their first trip to the Limavady festival since their headline set in 2017, the Downpatrick band themselves celebrating three decades of Ash next year. The festival organisers have focussed on Irish music, both in July and August and the other big artists playing include Duke Special, Ryan McMullan and the return of both Kila and And So I Watch You From Afar. A host of Northern Irish artists are making their return, either from recent years or a number who played back in July including ROE, The Bonnevilles, Jordan Adetunji, Gemma Bradley and Dea Matrona to name just a few. Many have played some truly memorable sets at previous Stendhals. Irish artists playing for the first time include Soda Blonde, Newdad and Kyoto Love Hotel. Once again there will be something for everyone at Stendhal, with spoken word, poetry and family activities set amongst the weekend’s music.
Festival Director Ross Parkhill said he is looking forward to welcoming all the acts back to Ballymully Cottage Farm as the revival of live music and entertainment in Northern Ireland continues.
“We are so, so pleased with how our August line-up has shaped up across the board,” he said. “We have a diverse and exciting music line-up that covers loads of different styles and genres and acts like Ash, Ryan McMullan, And So I Watch You From Afar, Kila, David Keenan, Paddy Casey, Duke Special, Ciaran Lavery, Macka B and Jordan Adetunji (I could go on) ensures that we have a really high calibre of performance scheduled right throughout the event.
Ross concluded: “It’s so great to be able to give all these artists, from all these different artistic disciplines the platform and the opportunity to get back to doing what they do best. We are proud to be once again leading the way in the recovery of the Northern Irish music and arts sector post lockdown so if you haven’t done so yet, grab a ticket to Stendhal this August and support all our wonderful indigenous artists, musicians and performers, it would mean the world to us.”
Camping, weekend and day tickets are all available through the Stendhal website.