More than 2,000 people flocked to Greyabbey for the first ever music festival to be held in the village’s historic estate.
Top Irish band, Villagers, headlined Harvest Music Festival, organised by Ards Borough Council as the centrepiece of its programme of events to mark the 400th anniversary of the area’s first Royal Charter, while Americanband, Hayseed Dixie, wowed the crowd.
Also performing on the main stage were Duke Special, Gareth Dunlop, Farriers and Emerald Armada – due to make another appearance in Ards at this month’s guitar festival.
Councillor Stephen McIlveen, Mayor of Ards, opened the festival at 2pm and stayed until the close of the show:
“We had a fantastic musical line-up in an equally great venue and the weather, the audience and the atmosphere couldn’t have been better,” he said. “Feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m also delighted that the festival attracted large numbers of families and was popular not just with locals, but with visitors from across Northern Ireland. A truly excellent day and memorable event”.
The festival had a kids’ zone, craft village, food village and festival bar where up and coming musicians, including Andi Oakes, Neal Hughes, Dolbro Dan and The Salt Flats had the opportunity to play.
For further information about what’s on in Ards, contact Ards Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 028 9182 6846.