Stendhal set to be ‘Special’ and ‘Divine’

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The Divine Comedy and Duke Special are just two of the big name acts headlining Limavady’s summer Stendhal Festival.

Festival organiser, Ross Parkhill, says this year’s line up is the best to date.

“Having put the finishing touches to our musical line-up for this year’s festival we are confident in saying that our bill is the strongest it has ever been,” he said.

“We can’t wait to play host to what we believe will be one of the most magical events of the year in all of Northern Ireland this August.”

Duke Special hail from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”, The Divine Comedy is the alias of Northern Ireland’s premier pioneer of Orchestral Pop music, Neil Hannon.

In a career spanning almost 25 years, The Divine Comedy have released 10 albums and had numerous singles in the UK top 40 singles chart.

“Having returned this year to his home town of Derry to take part in the Sons and Daughters concert and Other Voices, Stendhal is delighted to welcome Neil to Limavady for the first time ever, in what promises to be an unmissable opportunity to catch Neil Hannon perform an intimate solo gig in an intimate setting,” said Ross.

In addition to the headliners and the acts already announced for Stendhal which include Paddy Casey, Mick Wilson of 10cc and a host of others, organisers have announced the following acts have also been added to the line-up for this year’s festival; Grant Hart and the Burn Burning, Vanilla Gloom, The Dead Presidents, Noel Flynn, The Down and Out Bluegrass band, Dying Breed, Antidote Emcee Showcase feat. Gerard i2, Bee Mick See and human beat box Cull, Dramatic Tiger Club, Cahir McLaughlin, Scala Strings and a special DJ set and talk from Belfast’s Godfather of Punk, Terri Hooley.

The Festival has also announced that headlining the Comedy programme at this year’s festival will be the award winning John Moloney.

“John’s side splitting routines have seen him make numerous television appearances over years on shows such as, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, They Think It’s All Over, The Comedy Store, Live at Jongleurs, Grumpy Old Men and numerous others,” said Ross. Stendhal has also announced their children’s programme for this year, all that information and much more can be found on

For information on the schedule for the 16 and 17th August visit or visit The Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre.