The blues are back in town as 7 Hills Blues Fest brings four unmissable days of music, entertainment, food and fun fromAugust 11
Armagh’s iconic 7 Hills Blues Fest returns to the city from August 11-14, bringing world-class talent to more than 30 venues and locations across the world famous Cathedral city.
This year’s biggest-ever festival programme was officially launched on Thursday night and features more than 70 performances, gigs and jam sessions, nearly all of which are free to attend.
Now in its sixth successful year and already firmly established as one of the great blues and roots music events in the UK and Ireland, this year’s eye-popping programme promises a stellar line-up of internationally-renowned musicians, acts, and bands over four unmissable days.
Attracting thousands of locals and visitors from far and wide each year, an unrivalled combination of blistering blues music complements a packed schedule of brand new fringe events designed to suit everyone. Whether visiting the city to shop, eat, drink or to see the sights, those bluesy tones won’t be far away.
For real music lovers, well-known local and international names such as Amanda St John, Mirenda Rosenberg, Dave McHugh, Ronnie Greer, Tony Villiers, Pat McManus, The Watery Hill Boys and Rab McCullough are among the 57 acts signed up to entertain the crowds over four amazing days.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Garath Keating, said;
“Every year, the city of Armagh welcomes thousands of music fans, solo travellers, groups and families to enjoy an unrivalled line-up of music and activities guaranteed to enthral. A real gem for the summer, the city is buzzing with the best music, craic, hospitality and countless things to do, creating a real feel-good factor in the city.”
Food plays a big part in this year’s 7 Hills Blues Festival and there is a host of tantalising foodie events planned over the weekend in many of Armagh’s top restaurants and cafes, helping to celebrate Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink and the quality of its local produce.
A ‘BBQ N’ Blues’ event at The Shambles Yard on Sunday is sure to keep the family fully entertained, promising the best selection of street food, local apple juice and ciders to enjoy among the groovy summer tunes. Saturday’s Picnic in the Palace Park will combine fun and games with the best blues talent to spend the afternoon in the stunning setting of the Friary ruins.
For budding blues musicians between eight and 18 years of age, there are two workshops designed to help the younger ones learn more about bluesy instruments such as the harmonica, guitar and drums. They will also get the chance to embrace their inner stage presence with top blues performers including The Bluez Katz, Crow Katz, andMirenda Rosenberg.
For those who want to explore everything the City has to offer, a guided walking tour is a must – and there are three special tours planned over this extraordinary musical weekend.
The 7 Hills Blues Festival will create a musical mecca for any fans of roots music to enjoy. To download the festival programme, visit www.7hillsblues.com