There’s a buzz about Moville as it gears up for the 9th annual BeatlesFest on the Lough at the bank holiday weekend.
The event will take place over four days for the first time, starting with TG4’s Busker Abu heat-winner, Michael Thomas, the New Yorker who now operates out of Portstewart. He opens the festival in Annie’s Bar on the Come Together night (Thursday).
Playing officially for the first time are The Plasticine Porters from Belfast.
Organiser Gerry McLaughlin said: “These two guys just turned up from Belfast last year, introduced themselves, and asked if they could play. They played at every Open Mic, in breaks in the other acts and after the other acts had finished. They were really keen – and they were really good too. They hit it off with the Beatles fans in a big way. They’ve been rewarded with their own gigs this year at the festival”.
Also, coming over again will be Beatles Road manager, Tony Bramwell. He knew not only the Beatles, with whom he was friendly as a boy in Liverpool, but anyone who was anything in rock like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis and many more. He will be talking and taking questions at the festival.
There will also be several local acts this year. The Decibellas, from Moville, who finished runners-up in TG4’s Busker Abu recently, will be playing at the BeatlesFest on the Lough for the first time. They comprise Geraldine Cavanagh, Antonio Rea and Aaron McLaughlin. Another local act playing the BeatlesFest for the first time is Shaun McLaughlin. He has played the DylanFest every year but never a BeatlesFest till this year. Muff’s Luke McLaughlin, who made such a sensational debut last year, has been asked back.
Gerry said: “We have made a conscious decision to get more local acts involved this year. There is a lot of talent in the area and if we give them enough time they can put together a full Beatles set for the festival.
“We’re trying to recreate the feel of the 60s in Moville and ask people to wear 60s gear at the BeatlesFest. Tony Bramwell came one year with the official jacket he wore at the Beatles iconic Shea Stadium gig (for which he made the award-winning film), which was a record crowd for the time of 56,000. He even wore his official badge which was given to only the Beatles and their entourage”.
The BeatlesFest takes place in Moville from July 30th to August 2nd.