Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

This Wheeler’s going to be on fire

Tim Wheeler

Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh, Today and tomorrow

There are probably not too many music festivals you would be happy to bring the kids along to, but Willowstone is a truly family-friendly event with plenty on offer to keep both the big and wee ‘uns entertained for two whole days.

What was formerly the Innisfree Festival returns for its third annual outing under its present guise to Delamont Country Park, the grounds of an historic estate dating back to the 17th century.

The stage and main area is enclosed by the atmospheric Walled Garden and has, in previous years, hosted the likes of Cashier No 9, Panama Kings and The Answer.

This year’s line-up is just as impressive, featuring acts from the UK and Ireland including Pocket Billiards, The Vals, The Minutes, More Than Conquerors, Inishowen Gospel Choir, Audio Cavalry and Robyn G Shiels.

Human beatboxer Shlomo and Belfast party-starters Not Squares headline the Main Stage.

The newly-added Acoustic Tent will be christened tonight with a joint performance by Tim Wheeler and London-based singer/songwriter Emmy The Great, and fans of both artists can expect to hear the odd Ash classic and a few of Emmy’s own numbers, as well as a few of their favourite cover versions.

Other attractions include a kids’ circus workshop, Francis Barking’s Allotment Olympics and yoga and bellydancing classes from Flow Studio.

Full weekend camping facilities are available on-site with an inclusive ticket priced at £38.

For details, visit www.willowstonefestival.com

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