The Sperrins will rock to the sounds of ‘And So I Watch You From Afar’, ‘The Answer’ and Derry’s finest ‘The Japanese Popstars’ this July, as the acts are to headline the 13th annual installment of Glasgowbury.
For the first time ever Glasgowbury will expand to a two day festival across the weekend of July 19/21st, as part of the City Of Culture 2013 celebrations.
It is just as well the festival is expanding, if only due to the talent on offer. Tickets holders will be treated to the return of ‘Jetplane Landing’ as well as everyone’s favourite new act, ‘Little Bear’ which created a sensation at the Other Voices event in Derry recently.
Other acts which were announced on Monday evening include ‘Axis Of’, ‘Ed Zealous’, ‘In Their Thousands’, ‘More Than Conquerors’, ‘Million Dollar Reload’, ‘Trucker Diablo’, ‘The Bonnevilles’, ‘Runaway GO’, ‘PigsAsPeople’, ‘Vanilla Gloom’, ‘The Wood Burning Savages’, ‘Pretty Child Backfire’, ‘Furlo’, ‘Robyn G Shiels’ and ‘Rosie Carney’. Festival organisers promise many more acts; 50 plus are still to be announced.
Glasgowbury will also link with Derry-based CultureTECH festival to bring a technology inspired tent to the field featuring screenings, gaming and interactive activities to help keep the mind active over the long weekend.
Creative Director, Paddy Glasgow, said of the line-up: “Every year, Glasgowbury aims to reflect the great success of our homegrown music scene 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.
“The acts so far announced reflect less than half of the overall line-up and with a full festival programme combining comedy, street theatre, samba and technology – this could be the most exciting Glasgowbury ever.”
Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council, said: “Glasgowbury is a wonderful showcase for indigenous music in spectacular ruralsurroundings. We are delighted that this year through their additional work with the City of Culture, local musicians will be propelled onto an international stage.
“Home-grown festivals such as this are integral for the development of future generations of performers.
“The unique atmosphere of Glasgowbury and the talent on show will provide entertainment and inspiration for many.’
Tickets for Glasgowbury 2013, priced from £35, are on sale now from www.glasgowbury.com