9 May 2017 – Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Ian Sands (Event Director with Saxophone), Paul Callan (Diageo N.I, holding Guinness) and Rachel Wallace

Picturesque Warrenpoint is once again set to play host to some of the world’s leading blues and jazz performers who are heading to the Co.Down town for the 19th International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival from 24-29 May 2017. The festival, sponsored by Diageo, attracts thousands of music loving tourists with many coming from across the globe to visit the renowned festival which offers over 90 free events.

The 19th International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival features six days of amazing blues, jazz, music workshops and specialist cuisine and is jam-packed with artists from across the globe and from closer to home.

The Festival will also host a special concert at Warrenpoint Town Hall on 26th May featuring the original members of Rory Gallagher’s band; Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O’Neil. Gallagher’s band will be joined over the weekend by a number of local artists including Lisburn based jazz, soul, gospel and funk singer Dana Masters who currently supports Van Morrison on tour.

Paul Callan, Diageo Northern Ireland, said; “The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay is attended by thousands of visitors each year from across Ireland and overseas. Guinness has been supporting the festival for a number of years and it is a great fit for our brand with talent, passion and fun always on show.

At Diageo we are committed to playing our part in helping to expand Northern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality offering and The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival continues to draw visitors into this stunning setting.

“The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival continues to grow from strength to strength and due to the high calibre of performers has established itself as a highlight of the entertainment calendar. A special thank you must also go to the bars in Warrenpoint for their help and continued support to Diageo and this event.”

Commenting on the programme, Event Director, Ian Sands added; “There is something for everyone at the International Guinness® ‘Blues on the Bay Festival, we are bringing together top class international jazz and blues performers and teaming this with our world renowned food and hospitality.  Tourists coming to the event will be truly spoiled for choice, quality and good times.”

The 19th International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival is supported by; Diageo Northern Ireland, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, The Quays Newry, WBR Chamber of Commerce and Tourism NI.

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