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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Bushmills distillery to stage music festival

Master Distiller Colum Egan at the launch of 'Bushmills Live'. I

Ireland's oldest distillery has been revealed as the unlikely venue for a new music festival this summer.

Bushmills will be rolling its barrels out of the way to make space for a stage in June with the promise of world renown acts topping the bill.

But the two-day Bushmills Live festival at the north Antrim home of the 400-year-old tipple will be one with a difference, as tickets are not going on general sale.

Music fans will instead be offered the chance to win their place in the crowd on June 20 and 21 by visiting the distiller's Facebook page, posting a photo of them and a friend and explaining why they should be there.

As well as joining the audience, winners will also have the opportunity to make their own blend of Bushmills whiskey.

Bushmills master distiller Colum Egan said the public would not be disappointed by the line up when it is revealed in the near future.

"I am so excited about Bushmills Live and the fantastic line-up of talent that will be coming to the distillery this summer," he said.

"We are in the final stages of confirming all the artists and I can't wait to tell you who will be playing.

"I can promise you that the acts that will be performing are both known and loved around the world. Their music like our whiskey, represents the very best in craftsmanship.

"We welcome more than 100,000 visitors to our distillery every year and it will be fantastic to host some of our most famous friends as part of Bushmills Live this summer.

"It will be a unique occasion and will bring the best of handmade music and the best of handmade Irish Whiskey together under one roof. Get entering and good luck."

Music artists such as Bon Iver, Chromeo, Theophilus London, Foy Vance and Iain Archer appear in Bushmills' current advertising campaign.

To win tickets to Bushmills Live or to find out more, visit facebook.com/bushmills1608.

Entry opens at 16:08 on March 17 and closes at 23:59 on April 27 2012.

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