Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh, Tomorrow, from 12 noon
Evolving from the Innishfree Rock Festival, the Willowstone Arts & Music Festival launched in 2009 with a line-up featuring some of the best local live acts, combined with artistic displays |by the cream of Northern Ireland's creative community.
The festival returns for its second summer outing to the unique environs of Delamont Country Park’s walled garden, featuring 12 hours’ worth of musicians from all over Ireland, interactive art installations and award-winning locally produced food and drinks. Headlining act The Answer (above), just off their worldwide tour supporting AC/DC, play their only Irish gig of the summer and will be joined tomorrow on the live stage by Cashier No.9, John Shelly & The Creatures, Katie & the Carnival, Ed Zealous, Panama Kings, Heliopause, Ruby Colley, Scorpion Jack, Colenso Parade, The Red Admirals, plus Dublin acts Republic of Loose, Bocs Social and Dark Room Notes.
In addition to the musical attractions, local artist and inventor Paddy Bloomer will be setting up his infamous fairground, there's yoga and belly-dancing classes, Ponydance will be treating festival-goers to a live dance performance created exclusively for Willowstone and Team Charolastra will be hoping to raise a few |quid with their Little Mongolia Arena in the walled garden.
The Dufferin Arms is hosting special acts before and after festival events, with an appearance from Jukebox Gypsy tonight and more live treats on Sunday evening. Gates open at noon tomorrow and tickets are available from www.willowstonefestival.com/tickets .