Focal Festival, back again to showcase home-grown talent, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, welcome home for Christmas!

Focal Festival
South Belfast’s Crescent Gardens Set To Welcome Back The Best In Local Entertainment, Food & Drink this December.

This Christmas we welcome you all back to the 2nd Focal Festival where you can, once again sample all local NI produce from your favourites to some brand new additions. Well known music acts from across Belfast and beyond are set to take to the stage at the Focal Festival in South Belfast this December.

Festive Focal is a three-day open-air festival (with plenty of marquee coverage don’t worry!) which is focused upon showcasing the best that NI has to offer. Festive Focal will be unlike any other event in Belfast as we will have exclusively have LOCAL traders, LOCAL food, LOCAL drinks and LOCAL musicians on throughout the festival, by committing to this we aim to promote the local industry, economy and community spirit.

The festival, which will take place on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of December, and will feature acts such as Gareth Dunlop, Travis Is A Tourist, The Russian Dolls, Tuskany and Brien.

Doors open at 5pm on Thursday evening with a whole host of exciting local artists, from the ever-talented Mick McDowell, some Christmas Carolling to the outstanding Soul Traders, plus with Steve Job resurrected closing Thursday night with their unique take on the electronic scene it’s a night not to be missed.

Friday kicks off at 3pm with yet again an outstanding line up of local NI musicians, from Belfast band The Russian Dolls who are without doubt becoming one of the most sought after session bands around, Brass heavy musical sensation Fatlip and Nine Inch Nialls are also on the bill for Friday, with more to be announced. After you’ve enjoyed these unique covers, Belfast DJ Lathorpus will be taking to the stage with his mix of 80’s disco merged with modern house to close night two.

On Saturday Focal Festival is showcasing the best of original, local talent, each act will be playing their own scores. We’ve got artists like Travis Is A Tourist, already popular with Northern Ireland millennials for his fictional fantasies, Belfast based indie/pop act Tuskany join us, Tuskany have influences of funk, soul and pop in their music. Also playing is the well-known, and exceptionally talented Gareth Dunlop, just back from touring with Duke Special, an amazing chance to catch Gareth and his band on home ground for once! Belfast’s hottest new DJ, Brien will close the Festival this year, if you haven’t heard about him or his work where have you been?! He’ll wrap up the festival displaying his own unique blend of disco and house, plus throwing in a few classic crowd pleasers!

More acts are to be announced in the run up to the Festival, but this is a Christmas Festival not to be missed.

Focal Festival, which will take place at Crescent Gardens in the city’s thriving Queen’s Quarter celebrates everything that is great about the spirit of innovation in Northern Ireland. After June’s successful inaugural Focal, we are back, better & bigger than before! Focal Festival is a collaboration between the entrepreneurs behind Copeland Spirits, Harland Wines, Bullhouse Beer and Nightcap Events.  The idea for Festival germinated to fruition as the young companies struggled to showcase their outstanding brews at similar outdoor NI events. Thus the emphasis will be on local – local food vendors, local drinks companies and local musical acts to complete the festival. More artists to be announced in the run up to the event.

Adam McCullough, Harland Wines said: “We wanted to create a festival that not only celebrated the best in local produce in the food, drink and entertainment industry but we wanted to show how young entrepreneurs and creatives are making a big waves in Northern Ireland.

“We hope that by promoting our products through events like this aimed at a younger
generation we can help to change the industry and bring more focus on local produce which in turn should help to reinvigorate the NI Market.”

In the heart of Belfast’s university and party area Crescent Gardens is the ideal location for
Focal Festival – an oft-overlooked gem of a setting. Adam added: “In what was once a student dominated area, Crescent Gardens and the surrounding area is now home to some fabulous venues, eating houses and local businesses, this beautiful part of the city is beginning to thrive again and we are delighted to bring the first of many event to this part of the city.”

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