Stendhal Festival of Art ‘back with a bang’

Stendhal Festival of Art has announced the first raft of artists taking to the Stage at Ballymully Cottage Farm, outside Limavady, on August 17 and 18, 2012.

Organisers say they’re staying in line with their ethos of providing a varied and eclectic line-up

“Stendhal will be promoting more musical genres than you can shake a stick at, including rock, pop, funk, jazz and blues, indie, acoustic, folk, reggae, country, hip-hop, punk, metal, classical, choral and bluegrass. We will also have poetry, comedy and theatre on the bill, to add to an excellent selection of music.

“On top of this we will have a much fuller family entertainment schedule, our art gallery will return bigger and better and will this year include some state of the art digital installations along with sculpture, canvas paintings by local artists and many more wee artistic adventures in the beautiful surroundings of Karma Valley,” said a spokesperson.

“In addition we will once again have a craft market full of wonderfully original nick-knacks, top class food and drink at high street prices, a fun fair, a secret garden area and many more little surprises to be discovered.

“We are delighted to announce that Silhouette will be appearing at this year’s event. Fronted by the immensely talented Shauna Tohill, Silhouette have recently been riding a crest of a wave having their song ‘Can’t keep up’ selected to front the current advertising campaign by the Northern Irish Tourist Board.

“Shauna herself has also been very busy recently, accompanying Snow Patrol to sing with them during their recent European Tour.

“Silhouette are a high energy alternative pop act with catchy tunes and bags of talent and they are sure to go down a storm at Stendhal this year.”

The line-up this year includes several “stand-out local acts” including Limavady’s own Furlo, Alternative Rock act Axis of, Irish Reggae revolutionaries The Barley Mob, the sublime Inishowen Gospel Choir, The Gorgeous Colours, The Steve Experiment, the 20 piece collaboration The Crimson Piper Sonic Orchestra, Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, Exit Pursued By Bear and North Coast Hardcore outfit Lantern For a Gale.

Also taking the stage will be Master and Dog, metal legends Triggerman, Mojo Gogo, Best Boy Grip, Owl Parliament, Wookalily, and gypsy folk outfit Balkan Alien Sound.

More than 20 more acts will be announced shortly, say organisers, “so stay tuned to www.stendhalfestival.com, our Facebook page and Twitter @stendhalireland for details as they emerge”.

Tickets for the event will be on sale at Ticketmaster and numerous high street outlets at the start of May priced at £20 for a Saturday day Ticket, £25 for a weekend camping pass and £35 for a family weekend camping pass (2 adults and up to 4 kids under 18).