Glasgowbury: Derry’s small but massive festival

Glasgowbury headliners and Derry sons, The Japanese Popstars.
Glasgowbury headliners and Derry sons, The Japanese Popstars.

The Sperrins will have no choice but to rock next weekend July 19-21, thanks to Glasgowbury headliners And So I Watch You From Afar and The Answer.

Both these Northern Irish bands have carved a reputation which extends far beyond these shores thanks to their blistering live shows.

The Answer have supported AC/DC on their ‘Black Ice’ world tour. And ASIWYFA, who released their third album ‘All Hail Bright Futures’ in March have cultivated a fan base which extends from Northern America, via Germany to China. As if the startlingly good line up wasn’t already impressive enough, we have one of Derry’s finest live acts, The Japanese Popstars, also headlining.

The festival which prides itself on being ‘small but massive’ is, with six stages, in danger of losing the small tag. This year revellers will have to choose between the Small But Massive Main Stage, G Sessions, Spurs Of Rock, Eagle’s Rock, G Spot, and Generator Stages. There will also be a CultureTECH tent and lots of activities for younger members of the family.

Not only do children under 12 enter the festival free of charge but when there, they will be entertained by magic shows, circus skills workshops, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon modelling, samba drumming, performance and workshops throughout the weekend. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds will also be on Eagle’s Rock to showcase the work of the charity.

If you’re not planning a ‘family friendly’ weekend, then you’ll be delighted to learn that the price of a pint has been capped at a more than reasonable £3.50.

Creative Director, Paddy Glasgow, said: “Every year, Glasgowbury aims to reflect the great success of our homegrown music and 2013’s line-up is arguably one of our best and most vibrant. The beauty of the festival is that we can have acts such as And So I Watch You From Afar and The Answer, who are representing Northern Ireland on an international scale, alongside bands and artists fresh on the gig circuit, playing their first festival slots.”

Glasgowbury will reverberate Eagle’s Rock from July 19 to 21. A limited number of tickets are available from