Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

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Draperstown is set to rock this weekend when thousands of music lovers flock to the annual Glasgowbury music festival.

The two-day extravaganza of melodies and music is set to become a Mecca for festivalgoers literally from across the globe.

And with festival fever in full swing the 'Small but Massive' event has once again attracted some of the biggest names in local music.

Music supremo Paddy Glasgow has made sure there is something to suit everyone's taste when the event - now incredibly in its 11th year - kicks off tomorrow morning.

Over the next 24 hours thousands of people will make their way up a dirt track to the Eagle's Rock venue to hear the strains of the best in local music.

Cashier No 9 will headline the Small But Massive Main Stage at the event while other established acts such as The Answer, LaFaro, Phil Kieran, Foy Vance and Rams' Pocket Radio will entertain the crowds.

Famed for its commitment to new and emerging music, the line-up also features some of Northern Ireland's best up-and-coming talent, including The Wonder Villains, Axis Of, Rainy Boy Sleep, Silhouette and many more.

And for the first time, the quirky carnival-like festival will host a comedy stage to showcase the talents of up-and-coming stand-up performers.

Established names like Colin Geddis, John Colleary and Joe Rooney - who made his name as Father Damo in Father Ted - will also take to the special comedy stage.

Festival organiser Paddy Glasgow said the atmosphere is starting to build.

He said: "There's a positive and good vibe running into the weekend. We are getting ready and everything is going well and everything is set in place.

"We are a non-profit organisation and we are delighted to have the opportunity to once again be able to showcase local talent."

From humble roots the Glasgowbury festival has grown to be one of the top summer festivals in Ireland and Britain. Dubbed 'Small but Massive' by its creator, it attracts hardcore music lovers from across the globe to a hilltop outside Draperstown. This year between 4,000 and 5,000 are expected to attend compared to the 80 who attended the first event.

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