Rory Gallagher versus The Beatles

Music fans are in for a treat in Donegal in June. The BeatlesFest on the Lough in Moville in Donegal is going head to head with the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon on the bank holiday weekend at the start of June.

This will be the 10th year of the Rory Gallagher Festival and the 5th year of Ireland’s only annual BeatlesFest. The Rory Gallagher Festival has hired more than a dozen acts from all over the world to play including Eric Bell the Thin Lizzie guitarist. Thousands of music fans, young and old, flock to Ballyshannon, Rory’s home town, every year for the festival

The BeatlesFest on the Lough will take place over four days and nights outside and inside the Moville’s pubs and in the Market Square. Said organiser Gerry McLaughlin “We didn’t realise that it was on during the same weekend as the Rory Gallagher festival when we first announced it. We considered changing it but we were advised that, although there were some crossover fans of both, there were not enough to make any significant dent in the numbers coming to either festival. Donegal is a big county and Moville and Ballyshannon could hardly be further away. It may even swing a few fans to come up to Donegal to see both festivals”.

The BeatlesFest on the Lough will have Beatles tribute bands from Liverpool and Glasgow as well as plays and performances from artists who have appeared at the main Beatles festival in Liverpool in August. Said Gerry “I’m told the weather’s always great (touch wood) for the bank holiday weekend in June compared to previous dates in July and August. We expect this to be our biggest and best BeatlesFest yet. There’s already a buzz about the town as we are less than 6 weeks away now”.