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Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody curates Portrush gig line-up

Atlantic Sessions will mark its 10th anniversary from November 15 – 18 this year, with live performances from local musicians at the Causeway Coast.

The event aims to showcase local artists playing in intimate settings with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop.

Over 40 free gigs will make up a 'music trail' across Portstewart and Portrush, with musicians playing every hour.

In celebration of the event's tenth anniversary, Atlantic Sessions invited four guests to curate headline events, including BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggart and Third Bar’s Gary Lightbody and Davy Matchett.

Showcase artists throughout the festival include All Tvvins, Anthony Toner, Arborist, Arco String Quartet, Brand New Friend, Ciara O’Neill, David C Clements, Junior Johnston, Kitt Philippa, Malojian, Matt McGinn, Neil Martin, Rosborough, Son of the Hound, Strange New Places and Susie Blue.

“The trail of new music is shivering its November bones around the coastline to Portrush's Atlantic Bar for my first ever Slacker Night on the North Coast," said Taggart.


"We have a string of acts that I am very excited about and that I've been a fan of and been playing on my shows on BBC Radio 1."

Lightbody has been a long-time supporter of Belfast singer-songwriter David C Clements, who features in his chosen line-up.

“David C Clements is one of the most extraordinary voices and songwriters to come from Northern Ireland in many years. His album, The Longest Day In History, is a masterpiece.

"It should have been one of the biggest albums of 2016 and he should be playing arenas," said Lightbody.

The full programme with a further 40 free events will be announced on on Monday, October 15.

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