Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Distillery to host music festival

Of Monsters And Men are headlining this year's Bushmills Live music festival

Whiskey bottles will not be the only things housed in a centuries-old distillery this summer after plans were announced to transform the historic building into a concert venue.

The owners of Bushmills will be moving in stages and speakers to host another music festival amid the barrels and stills at its home on Northern Ireland's scenic Causeway Coast.

Home-grown rockers Snow Patrol headlined the inaugural Bushmills Live event last year, but this time the main act comes from another island in the Atlantic - Iceland.

Indie folk band Of Monsters And Men have been signed up to star at the June festival in a Co Antrim village whose whiskey blending tradition dates back as far as 1608.

Ragnar Porhallsson, singer with the five piece, said he was thrilled that the band's first gig in Northern Ireland would be staged in the Old Bushmills 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."

Only 500 tickets for the music celebration on June 19th and 20th are being made available. They will not go on general sale - with fans instead given the chance of winning a pass through a prize draw.

Along with Snow Patrol, singer-songwriters Foy Vance and Iain Archer, Elijah Wood, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Marcus Foster, The Staves, General Fiasco and David C Clements all took to the stage at the first Bushmills Live.

The acts joining Of Monsters and Men this time round are set to be announced in the coming weeks. The organisers have guaranteed both "iconic and emerging" artists will be on the bill.

The ticket draw, which is only open to over-18s, can be entered on the Bushmills Irish Whiskey Facebook page, facebook.com/bushmills1608, from Sunday, March 17th - St Patrick's Day - at 16:08 GMT.

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