This beautiful weather has got us excited about 2017 festival season! ‘Weather’ you are an avid festival goer or a newbie, our advice is aim for comfortable and stylish with a few basic essentials – let’s face it, we don’t get the warmest of summers, so let’s be prepared:
Weather for wellies – let’s make them stylish!
The great outdoors needs a great coat!
Rock a cool scarf.
Sunshine for Shades
Now you have the essentials, where will you go… ?
Kicking off the summer is Holywood Harmony Festival: June 2-4 – Holywood Rugby Club
With everyone from the Hothouse Flowers, Ulaid & Duke Special, Gareth Dunlop, Dana Masters, The Emerald Armada and Ciaran McElhinney on the bill, this year’s festival is set to be a big one. On Saturday and Sunday from 10am there will be a festival village with everything from arts & crafts and health & wellness to artisan food & drink.
Belsonic: June 13-30 – Ormeau Park, Belfast
Headlined by Arcade Fire and The 1975, Belsonic 2017 is looking to be bigger and better than ever. For the tenth anniversary, the festival will be taking to a new location and huge international pop names will be visiting Belfast, such as Jess Glynne and The Chainsmokers to perform their well-loved hits to thousands of fans.
Dalriada Festival: July 15-16 – Glenarm Castle
Combining sport, music and food from both Irish and Scottish cultures, Dalriada Festival is opening its doors to festival go-ers and campers once again this year. Nathan Carter will be taking to the stage, as well as the Fureys and Dublin City Ramblers. With glamping options available, there’s no excuse to miss out on this fun-filled weekend.
Sunflower Fest: July 28-30 – Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough
Rubberbandits, King Kong Company, Beans On Toast, The Electric Swing Circus and Le Galaxie are just a few names from the 2017 line up at Sunflower Fest. Celebrating the best in music from all genres, this feel-good festival is one for wellies and sunflowers. Don’t forget your camera.
Open House Festival: August 1-31 – Bangor
This month-long festival provides plenty of opportunities for families and young people to attend, with performances from the likes of John Boyne and Steve Vertigo set for this year. Open House is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to celebrating the arts and will be hosting events all around Bangor.
August Féile: August 3-13 – Falls Road
Féile an Phobail returns with amazing events lined up, including UB40 at Falls Park featuring Ali Astro & Mickey. With plenty of announcements to come, this year is looking to be more exciting than ever. The festival celebrates young people, with a focus on the arts and languages, Celtic tradition and events that will be fun for everyone.
Stendhal Festival: August 11-12 – Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady
Ash, Sharon Shannon, Ciaran Lavery and many more will be appearing at Stendhal Festival this year. Celebrating music from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and further afield, this unique experience draws communities together with a variety of names and styles on display. Winner of Best Family Festival 2014 and Best Small Festival 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Irish Festival Awards have certified that Stendhal is a must for any festival lover.
Tennent’s Vital: August 26 – Boucher Road
2017 is bringing Muse and Biffy Clyro over to Belfast for the much loved Tennent’s Vital festival. Tiesto and Clean Bandit are also coming, ready to bring number one hits and feel good tunes. With a balance of classic songs that everyone can sing along to, with newer material, these artists are sure to lighten up the summer. This is one of the fastest selling festivals of the year!
Hilden Beer and Music Festival: Hilden Brewery – August 25-27
For the 35th anniversary of this favourite festival, over 25 acts will be taking to the stage. Celebrating Ireland’s oldest independent and brewery goes hand in hand with checking out some music with your friends and beer loves will love having over 35 beer and cider options to choose from.