The countdown is on for this weekend’s Harvest Music Festival in Greyabbey (Saturday 31 August).

VILLAGERS LS 300dpi (photo credit Rich Gilligan)

Top Irish band, Villagers, headline at the event being organised by Ards

Borough Council in the grounds of the historic Greyabbey House, with
performances on the main music stage from acts like American band Hayseed
Dixie, local talent, Duke Special, Farriers, Gareth Dunlop and Emerald
Armada.

A special kids zone has also been devised – children under 12 go free at
Harvest! – with magic shows, theatre, art workshops and games, while a
craft village, food village and festival bar, where up and coming musicians
and singer-songwriters will perform acoustic sets, completes the programme.

Harvest Music Festival is the centrepiece of the Council’s events to mark
the 400th anniversary of the area’s first Royal Charter, and the venue has
special significance as Mayor of Ards, Councillor Stephen McIlveen,
explained:

“Greyabbey was home to Hugh Montgomery, the lowland Scot who settled the
Ards and together with fellow countryman, James Hamilton, was responsible
for its transformation. The Royal Charter of 1613 was effectively a reward
for this settlement and where better than the Montgomery family seat to
stage the festival. We have a fantastic line-up and I look forward to
welcoming the crowds to Greyabbey on Saturday”.

Harvest Music Festival takes place on Saturday 31 August, from 2pm to 11pm.
Gates open 1pm. Tickets, £20, children under 12 have free admission, are
available from Ards Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 028 9182 6846, or
on-line at www.ards-council.gov.uk (up to midnight on Friday 30th August).

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