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Now firmly established as one of the summer's stand-out cultural events, Stendhal returns for its sixth annual outing, featuring a line-up of theatre performers, poets, artists and comedians, as well as a superb selection of musicians playing across both days of the two-day festival in Limavady.

Stendhal Festival

Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady

Tonight and tomorrow

Rock, pop, folk, electronica, indie and more are represented among the diverse acts, including headliners Ash (tonight), folk hero Sharon Shannon, Ciaran Lavery, Ryan McMullan, The 4 of Us and Jealous of the Birds.

Also performing are Anthony Toner, Joshua Burnside, No Oil Paintings, Paddy Nash, Ryan Vail and many, many more. Electronica whizz Ulrich Schnauss and Parisian/Manhattan electro swing act Ginkgoa add some international flavour, while Nat Urazmetova supplies some audio-visual treats.

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Gareth Dunlop

Tumble Circus Big Top, CS Lewis Square, Belfast

Tomorrow, 8pm

The Belfast-born singer-songwriter, named by the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival as Young Songwriter of the Year in 2011, has spent the last few years split between here and Nashville.

His songs have attracted the attention of numerous television producers and have been featured on hit shows. He has shared stages with the likes of Jeff Beck, Jools Holland and Nanci Griffith, as well as joining Snow Patrol live. His show tomorrow night is part of the EastSide Arts Festival, and coincides with the release of his new album, No. 79.

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The Emerald Armada

Voodoo, Belfast

Tomorrow, 8pm

The Emerald Armada has emerged as one of the country's most accomplished and hardest-working bands, headlining venues across Ireland between recording sessions that produced a self-titled album and several EPs.

Formed by lead singer Neil Allen with pal Gary Lynas, they became a quintet with the additions of Benjamin Hamilton, Dermot Moynagh and Tony McHugh. They have played alongside the likes of Newton Faulkner and more. This evening's show sees them sharing a stage with General Fiasco spin-off band Franklyn. Admission £6.

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Patric Baird

Belfast Telegraph

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