Shake, rattle and roll in Armagh

Luke Alex PJ & Catherine getting ready for the 7 Hills Blues Fest.
Luke Alex PJ & Catherine getting ready for the 7 Hills Blues Fest.

One of biggest blues festivals in the UK and Ireland, the Armagh 7 Hills Blues Fest, returns on Thursday, August 6, for what promises to be another record-breaking four-day run of world class musical entertainment and fun events for all the family

After last year’s record attendance and sell-out shows, this year’s busy programme will be even bigger, and includes planned performances by more than 50 acts which will take over a multitude of stages dotted across town in many of Armagh’s famous venues, restaurants and bars

Celebrating 40 years of entertaining listeners in Northern Ireland, BBC Radio Ulster will also be broadcasting live from several of the venues located across the city throughout the four-day iconic event, sharing the amazing musical talent with listeners throughout the region and the world.

From big ticket gigs including Mary Coughlan, Ronnie Greer, Pat McManus, and the Nigel Mooney Organ Trio to local and upcoming talent that will have toes-tapping and smiles for miles such as Cup o’Joe, The Bear Necessities and Kick the Bucket, the event also includes many free gigs across the city.

In addition, for the first time this year, music fans from right across Belfast and beyond will also be able to enjoy the 7 Hills Blues Fest by taking advantage of the new tourist-friendly Belfast-Armagh Shuttle Bus which departs the Belfast Welcome Centre opposite City Hall at 10am on Friday and Saturday .

Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Catherine Seeley, said, “Armagh’s fifth 7 Hills Blues Fest promises to deliver another world-class showcase of international talent to delight music fans from across Northern Ireland and further afield.

“Armagh’s unique combination of great music, great food and an unrivalled welcome ensures that anyone who comes to visit our city during the Blues Fest is in for a fantastic, fun-packed time.”

Miss Seeley added, “With over 50 bands and more than 50 free gigs, including some fantastic fringe events, picnics and workshops for the kids, it will be difficult to choose your favourite event.”

Visitors who would like to shop while they bop can also find a shopping experience with a difference at the Shambles Market, The Mall Shopping Centre, and Market Square, all of which will feature performances and events throughout the Festival.

For more information visit www.armagh.co.uk/7hills, follow 7 Hills Blues Fest on Facebook or call the Armagh Tourist Centre on 3752 1800.