All roads lead to Moville this weekend for a festival with a difference.
Beatles fans, not only in Inishowen, but also further afield, are expected to flock to Moville’s 8th annual BeatlesFest on the Lough.
The event is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most important Beatles festivals in Europe, if not the world.
It will take place over three days, both indoors and outdoors, from August 1st until August 3rd.
Coming back again this year for his fourth BeatlesFest will be Beatles road manager, talent scout and PR guy, Tony Bramwell.
Tony says he’s “looking forward to coming back to Moville.”
He said: “The people are very friendly. I’ve made a lot of friends there and I’m even thinking of retiring there”.
Also playing will be a three-piece band from Belfast, called Paper Man who will play the Redcastle Hotel.
A spokesperson for the band said: “It’s hard for me to describe this band’s love for The Beatles, and I know it would mean the world to them to have an excuse worthy enough to allow them to play the music that inspired theirs”.
Moville is also awaiting the return of American virtuoso guitarist, Michael Thomas, who stunned the Rosatos audience last year.
Michael has played regularly with Henry McCullough, who played with Paul McCartney in Wings and who was the only Irishman to play Woodstock.
An interesting new act is Luke McLaughlin, who plays the Redcastle Hotel.
Luke is the lead singer of the band ‘The Turning,’ who toured the UK in February with The Strypes and who will play to a national audience in France in September.
Also playing will be Matt Whoriskey from Derry and Damien Sheridan.
Each night and afternoon has a theme with ‘Come Together’ night on the Friday, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ on the Saturday and ‘Hello Goodbye Night’ on the Sunday.
There’s also ‘Here Comes the Sun’ afternoon and ‘Strawberry Fields Afternoon ‘on the Sunday.
These take place at the Putting Green Cafe in Bath Green where Beatles fans can listen to the music over a cream tea with the picturesque Lough Foyle as a backdrop.
Organiser Gerry McLaughlin said this year’s Beatlesfest on the Lough should be the best yet.
He said: “The quality of the acts is among the highest we have had and I’m really looking forward to this weekend.”
Beatlesfest on the Lough is Ireland’s only annual festival of Beatles music.