UTV’s weekly magazine programme ‘UTV Life’ headed for the Limavady hills a couple of weeks ago to attend the Stendhal Festival for a special ‘UTV Life’ programme to be transmitted on Tuesday 31st August at 8pm
Host Pamela Ballantine and reporter Rita Fitzgerald got exclusive ‘access all areas’ for the packed one hour programme, getting great behind-the-scenes interviews with the bands and artists, as well as showing performances of the stars’ best known hits and new songs.
Pamela chats to festival organiser Ross Parkhill about what makes the festival so special, and how delighted he is at being able to work within the current restrictions and make it happen.
Pamela hears too from the artists themselves on how they feel to be performing live again, with lots of chat and music from Cormac Neeson from The Answer, the Henry Girls from Donegal; Irish folk group Kila; Belfast-based singer/ songwriter Duke Special; rising star and Limavady’s own Molly Hogg; and veteran Irish singer/songwriter Mary Coughlan.
Rita was busy too, getting the latest from three piece indie folk group Lore from Dungiven; busking and online sensation Dea Matrona; instrumental duo, the String Ninjas; and alternative hip-hop artist from Belfast, Jordan Adetunji. And if that wasn’t enough, headline act of the day, rock band Ash, gave their first TV interview and performed for the first time since lockdown.
Pamela said, “We had a fabulous day at the Festival and it was just so refreshing to be out and about again. There was a real buzz about the place with the artists and festival goers alike soaking it all up and enjoying the day.”
Join Pamela for ‘UTV Life at The Stendhal Festival’ on Tuesday 31st August 8pm. Viewers can join in the conversation on Twitter @UTVLife.