Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Of Monsters And Men: Put some ice in your whiskey

Gareth Martin, Sean Johnstone and Barry Caddell with their 3D art installation that depicts the
Bushmills Live poster using materials inspired by the whiskey and music at the heart of the festival
Gareth Martin, Sean Johnstone and Barry Caddell with their 3D art installation that depicts the Bushmills Live poster using materials inspired by the whiskey and music at the heart of the festival

Folk chartbusters Of Monsters And Men have raised a glass to the Bushmills Distillery ahead of their headlining performance at the centuries-old site.

The internationally acclaimed group is the star attraction at this year's two-day Bushmills Live event – the Icelandic outfit's first gig in Northern Ireland.

Just 500 tickets are being made available and they won't be going on general sale.

Instead, fans will be given the chance to win a pass through a prize draw which gets under way on St Patrick's Day.

The unique celebration of music and whiskey takes place on June 19 and 20 at the distillery, which dates back to 1608.

The owners will be moving in stages and speakers to host the festival amid the barrels and stills at its home on the scenic Causeway Coast.

Ragnar Porhallsson, singer with the five-piece, said he was thrilled to be performing at the distillery

"Playing a show in such a unique location, around the centuries-old warehouses and whiskey barrels, to such an intimate audience, is an experience we are very excited about," he said.

"It's going to make our first gig in Northern Ireland a memorable one, and not just for us, for the fans too, we hope."

A bill of world-class acts and emerging indie talent will also take to the stage.

A special 3D art installation depicting the materials inspired by the handcrafted whiskey and music at the heart of the festival will provide the backdrop.

Its creators used 254 casks, 250 bottle tops, 30 bottles of whiskey, five metres of wiring and four guitars to handcraft the 10ft by 16ft artwork.

Rockers Snow Patrol headlined last year's inaugural Bushmills Live festival.

Fans can win tickets by entering a draw at facebook.com/bushmills1608. Entries to the draw will open this Sunday, St Patrick's Day, at 4.08pm – 16.08 on the 24-hour clock.

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