Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Madchester legends Happy Mondays to headline Feile 2013

Shaun Ryder from the Happy Mondays
Shaun Ryder from the Happy Mondays
Happy Mondays
Happy Mondays
Shaun Ryder
Shaun Ryder

From old rockers and ravers – to a reality show contestant. Feile an Phobail is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with an eclectic line-up.

Electronica favourites Faithless and Madchester rockers Happy Mondays were announced as headliners for the Feile 25 festival, running at 50 venues across west Belfast and the city centre from August 1-11.

The annual community festival was launched at Conway Mill yesterday. Organisers said while music is a key focus, it will also include comedy, visual art, drama and literary events, plus tours, talks and street parties.

Also known as the West Belfast Festival, 250 gigs will take place over 11 days. Fresh from his stint on Britain's Got Talent, Londonderry singer Jordan O'Keefe will be making an appearance, as will Co Down-born comedian Patrick Kielty.

Singing sensations The Priests will be with the Ulster Orchestra at Clonard Monastery. There will also be a programme of thought-provoking talks and discussions, including Amnesty's popular journalism panel event – Human Rights and Investigative Journalism.

Feile director Kevin Gamble said: "A quarter-of-a-century of inclusive engagement with communities from within and outside west Belfast is a great achievement in anybody's book. But I'm hugely proud to say, that as Feile an Phobail has grown year in, year out, it has also stayed resolutely true to its roots.

"In true Feile style, our 25th birthday is going to be a celebration of the very best of the west, and we're delighted to have so many big names taking part alongside the very best local talent."

Feile is supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, the Arts Council NI and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, as well as Belfast City Council, Foras na Gaeilge and Tennent's NI.

Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Roisin McDonough, said celebration of "community, the arts, people, culture and creativity" has been at the core of Feile throughout its 25 years

"Arts and culture can be used as a positive force for change, they have the power to transform lives; if ever an example of this was required, Feile can proudly shine as an example," she said.

"Through determination, hard work and goodwill Feile has reached a significant milestone. We have been here, supporting them from the beginning and we look forward to a further 25 years."

NITB events manager Eddie Rowan said Feile will boost the local economy, while Stormont Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said she was delighted this year's festival has been expanded to include extra events to complement the hosting of the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast.

"These additional events will ensure both locals and visitors will have an opportunity to join in the fun, and experience the friendly Belfast welcome," she added.

For more information follow @feilebelfast on Twitter or visit www.feilebelfast.com.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

Your keen intelligence makes you a popular figure. Everyone is asking for your advice. This may be a sign that it's time to open a consultancy. Why give away your talent when you can charge a fee for it? There's nothing crass about earning money from your natural gifts. If you're interested in someone special, send them a text or email. You always express yourself so well with the written word. The direct, honest approach works best. Don't hide your feelings.More