Festival announcement season is well under way and Stendhal have unveiled the first tranche of events for the 2023 edition of their festival.
Stendhal Festival 2023 will feature several big names including two returning favourites alongside the usual plethora of local artists. The festival will take place from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th July 2023.
The Wailers return to Ballymully Cottage Farm, five years after their initial visit and 13 years on from playing their first ever Stendhal, Turin Brakes will make an appearance too. The big hitters don’t stop there with Bell X1, Newton Faulkner, the Scratch, Cara Dillon and Yazz Ahmed all announced for that weekend..
On the local front, the line-up is bursting with quality with Joshua Burnside, Roe, Sasha Samara, Fya Fox, Winnie Ama, No Oil Paintings, Red Eye Pariah being amongst the first to be announced. While some debut festival appearances for Manukahunney, Pinkslips, Claire Sands, Invaderband, Boy M5, Search Party, Tramp, Marion Hawkes, Cora Kelly, Emily McCormick, Polar Bolero, Edgy C and GG Carma and Baroda are also confirmed.
Festival Director Ross Parkhill says he is thrilled with how the line-up is taking shape. “As usual we have a fantastic mix of genres, we have legends like The Wailers and Bell X1, some of the hottest up and coming acts from all throughout Ireland, Ivor Novello Award winners, NI Music Prize winners and there is still plenty more to come,” he said.
“The Wailers are without question our most requested act to return ever following their sensational performance at the Karma Valley Stage five years ago and we can’t wait to see them again.
“We are delighted to finally be welcoming a couple of acts who we have wanted to play here for years in Bell X1 and Cara Dillon. Bell X1 will be performing an exclusive all electric show for us this summer having spent quite a while touring acoustically with a string quartet so that is really exciting and of course then having the Roe Valley’s very own songbird in Cara Dillon, finally playing her home festival, will be something special indeed.
He added: “We are also so pleased to be welcoming back Turin Brakes for the first time since they headlined the event 13 years ago and we can’t wait to show them the progress that the festival has made over the years, in part thanks to them.
“Throw in the Brilliant Newton Faulkner, The Scratch and Yazz Ahmed and our headline acts so far are a great mix of styles and have the broad appeal which we hope will see us have another successful year as we continue to recover.”
Tickets for Stendhal Festival 2023 are on sale now and can be purchased directly from the Stendhal website.