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10ft headphones at Bushmills Live

A 10ft set of headphones crafted from age-old whiskey barrels will form the centrepiece at a gig with a difference this summer.

The fully functioning phones, crafted out of oak-panelled casks from Bushmills distillery in Northern Ireland, will blast out the songs played during a two-day music festival at the famous whiskey makers on the Causeway coast.

The distillery, whose Bushmills Live event is in its third year, has announced Manchester-based band The 1975 as the headline act.

Previously headlined by Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg and Of Monsters and Men, the festival will see 700 fans invited to the whiskey storerooms on June 11 and 12.

Matthew Healy, lead singer of The 1975 , said: "We've never played a show in a distillery before so it's a first for us.

"We've gigged all over the place but to play a festival like this, in a setting as unique as this, will be pretty special."

Master distiller at Bushmills, Colum Egan, said: "We're looking forward to throwing open the doors of the distillery and welcoming friends, old and new, to come and enjoy the handcrafted whiskey and music on offer at Bushmills Live 2014.

"It really is a highpoint of our year."

He added: "We'll be announcing the full line-up soon and I can promise you some spectacular surprises as well as some good friends returning."

Tickets for the event will not go on general release. Fans can instead win the chance to attend by entering a draw at www.facebook.com/bushmills. Entries to the draw will open on St Patrick's Day - Monday, March 17.

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