Stendhal Festival has announced the final raft of acts set to take the stage at this year’s installment of the multi-award winning music and arts Festival.
Included are Soak, who will be headlining the event’s Thursday Night, General Fiasco, Saint Agnes, Ursula Burns, Kayla Painter and a very special tribute to the Beatles
With over 100 musical acts in all Stendhal Festival is a music lovers paradise and the line-up this year more than justifies Stendhal’s standing as the biggest and best loved independent music festival in Northern Ireland.
Festival Director Ross Parkhill said that the last editions to the music line-up are a superb cherry on top of what was already a stellar programme.
“It’s a strong line-up for us again this year,” Ross said.
“The addition of the final acts has really beefed up a line-up that was already dripping with talent right across all genres of music.
“Soak is an act we have been following keenly for years,” he said, “she played our main stage six years ago now when she was only 16, and we knew then that she was something special indeed.
“Watching her progress from afar over the last few years has been great and we felt that now is the time to bring her back for a showcase gig at Stendhal.”
He continued: “We are also delighted to be welcoming General Fiasco for the very first time, they will no doubt go down a storm along with all the other amazing acts we have scheduled for the event this summer.”
Ross added: “There are going to be some very special musical moments that take place at Ballymully this August and we really cannot wait until we open the gates on the 15th and welcome everyone in to enjoy them.”
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THE FINAL LINE UP: THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL RUNS BETWEEN AUGUST 15-17
Additional acts on final announcement: Soak (Derry), General Fiasco (Belfast), Saint Agnes (London), Kayla Painter (UK), Ursula Burns (Belfast), The Beatles – The Studio Years Live tribute, Rachael Boyd (Belfast), The Inishowen Gospel Choir (ROI), Nathan O’Regan (ROI), Mac N Dan (Limavady), Lethal Dialect (ROI), Some Deadbeat (Belfast), Jay Suttin (Portrush), Avro Party (Belfast), Gender Chores (Bangor), Alice LA (Belfast), Ferals (Portrush).
All Musical Acts prior to final announcement: Basement Jaxx (UK), Hothouse Flowers (ROI),David Keenan (ROI), Roe (Derry), Mary Coughlan (ROI), Ryan Vail and Elma Orkestra (Derry), Hunkpapa (Belfast) Malojian(Belfast), Amy Montgomery (Belfast), Sugarwolf (Derry), Cherym (Derry), Gemma Bradley (Draperstown), The Swingtime Starlets (NI), Cooks But We’re Chefs (ROI), People that listen to the Sky(Derry/Londonderry by way of New Zealand), Blackbird & Crow (Letterkenny), Marty Mone (Castleblayney) Son of the Hound (Belfast), The Lost Brothers (ROI), Transpacifica (Belfast), BLXXD (Coleraine), Stone Jets (South Africa), Sick Love (ROI), I AM MUIR (Belfast), Atticus (ROI), Bouts (ROI), Mob Wife (Belfast), Molly Hogg (Limavady).
Damien Dempsey (ROI) , Talos (ROI), Kila (ROI), Ciaran Lavery (Belfast), Cormac Neeson (Belfast), Lisa O’Neil (ROI), Jordan Adetunji (Belfast), New Pagans (Derry/Belfast), Pocket Billiards (Belfast), Kitt Philippa (Belfast), The Irish Video Game Orchestra (NI), Lore (Limavady/Dungiven), Blackwater Conspiracy (Tyrone), Sister Ghost (Park/Belfast), NI Opera (Belfast), Limavady Big Band (Limavady), Reevah (Derry), The String Ninjas (Belfast), Joel Harkin (Donegal), Charity Shop Vinyl (Derry), Warriors of the Dystotheque (Derry) Afekt (Derry).
SOAK The inimitable SOAK returns to Stendhal for the first time since she graced our main stage in 2014.
Since then she has released two critically acclaimed albums, played all over the world on some of the biggest bills and festivals and has grown into herself musically in a spectacular way.
It was clear from an early age that SOAK had all the potential and promise in the world and while she is still at the tender age of just 22, she has realised that promise and more and there is so much still to come.
Her 2019 sophomore album 'Grim Town' brings and unprescribed honesty, greater soundscape, bigger production, brass sections and soulful backing vocals that give Bridie the confidence to make herself more vulnerable, to truly put her introspections in the firing line.
There is a transience to the album, a movement which is sometimes unpredictable, but the broader sonic space created gives our heroine more space to be unsure of herself and explore parts of her psyche which are perhaps not so clear cut.
The boys are back in town.
General Fiasco are making their Stendhal debut this year following an incredibly well received three-night comeback residency in Voodoo in Belfast in January.
The three shows sold out incredibly fast showing that the love for this much loved trio is still strong in Northern Ireland.
The band produced two critically acclaimed albums before turning their attention to other projects in 2013 but now they are back in the saddle and ready to showcase all the classic material which will no doubt go down a storm at Stendhal.
Saint Agnes are a ferocious four-piece rock band from East London who play fiery live shows hinging on the intense chemistry between frontman/woman duo of Kitty Arabella Austen and Jon James Tufnell.
2019 saw the release of their debut album 'Welcome to Silvertown' and it is a raucous as the bands intense and hard-hitting live performances.
Practicing in the more academic reaches of sound design, Kayla Painter is a composer, producer and sound design artist.
She combines an unusual array of audio samples adopting field recordings as an intrinsic part of her live performance and recorded works.
As a Masters graduate and a multi-disciplinary artist Kayla’s works are part evolutionary, part exploratory with various media such as stop motion animation, installation, and film.
The overall live show is mesmerising, it will be the most sophisticated visual show ever presented at Stendhal and will truly be a showstopper at the festival this year.
The Dangerous Harpist and back and crucially - Uncensored at Stendhal.
Having been toned down to a large degree during her exposure to a UK wide audience during the 2019 series of Britain's Got Talent, Ursula really is at her very best when her creativity isn't stifled and that is one thing Stendhal will never do.
Combining her classically trained harpist skills with hilarious songs that showcase her sharp and cutting wit. Ursula Burns is truly a one of a kind act.
The Beatles – The Studio Years Live tribute
We are very excited about this one.
Nine of Northern Ireland's very best musicians will come together-see what we did there?-for an immense tribute to the biggest band the world has ever known.
They will combine their talents to produce a showcase of all the biggest Beatles hits in what will no doubt be the biggest sing-a-long session at Stendhal this year.
Belfast based musician, Rachael Boyd uses piano, strings and electronics to create contemporary and richly textured folk-leaning compositions. Her music has been described as tragic yet powerful and mesmerising with hushed vocals, bittersweet piano and electronic flourishes.
Her latest EP, 'Too High' was released by US label Abandon Building and featured remixes from artists such as Kelpe and Sun Glitters. Rachael has also remixed other artists including The Polyphonic Spree, Little People and Pick A Piper (drummer from Caribou).
Her influences range from Sufjan Stevens, The Flashbulb, Baths and Broken Social Scene to romantic classical composers such as Debussy and Chopin.
The Inishowen Gospel Choir
Founded in 2005 by two friends who wanted to bring the sounds and spirit of gospel music to their community, The Inishowen Gospel Choir has grown to be one of the best-known community choirs in Ireland.
The choir has performed at hundreds of events from local concerts in the north west of Ireland, to world-renowned music festivals such as Glastonbury and Electric Picnic. The choir has retained its community-based character and energy, which combined with musical excellence, has seen it perform with some of the best-known names in the Irish music scene, including The Henry Girls, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Duke Special, Declan O’Rourke, Bronagh Gallagher, Foy Vance, Cara Dillon and Moya Brennan.
Like a true son of Ireland, Nathan O’Regan is steeped in music tradition. With a voice as gritty as it is delicate and songs that speak of young adulthood. O’Regan, tells stories of love, hate, light and dark and he tells them well.
Mac N Dan
Limavady's own Mac N Dan started their musical career in late 2017 and since then have enjoyed ever-increasing popularity throughout the club scene in the North West and beyond. Expect big beats and anthemic sounds.
Dublin rapper Paul Alwright, AKA - Lethal Dialect, has been a premier name on the Irish Rap Scene for over a decade.
His material has packed a serious punch ever since his breakout in 2011 with the release of his album ‘LD50’. This was followed by the release of ‘LD50 part 2’ just over a year later, with both albums receiving critical acclaim from magazines such as Hot press, and bloggers such as Nialler 9.
Costello is widely considered as a pioneer in Irish rap. The Dubliner picked up a mic before it became so widely acceptable for an Irish person to try their hand at it.
His thick Dublin flow is instantly recognisable and his lyrics are up there with the very best in rap music today.
The Antidote Emcees and Elixir showcase at Stendhal will be hosted by 2018 Ulster Final of the All Ireland Poetry Slam winner SomeDeadBeat, who delivers heavy hitting, highly lyrical spoken word performances with pure style.
He's been 16 steps ahead since day one Jay's footprints have been be stamped into the Irish hip-hop landscape thanks to years of dedication and quality music
Arvo Party is an award nominated electronic musician from Belfast who has released two critically acclaimed albums to date and remixed countless NI artists in the last two years.
Garnering the attention of BBC 6 Music, Resident Advisor and Radio 1, his music has been described as “...genre-warping...exceptionally beautiful...it simply commands attention”
Gender Chores is a Northern Irish Punk Rock band from Bangor, formed by Samantha McCann, Sophie Price, and AJ Mawhinney in early 2018. Gender Chores is heavily influenced by the ‘riot grrrl’ manifesto, with their sociopolitical lyrics, dealing with feminism and tackling important issues. They launched their debut EP "Womansplain" in May 2019.
Alice LA is making capital from the material world. She revels in the colour and shapes and the tech-babble, but she is not a passive consumer. Alice LA is at home in pop culture, but she also retains the right to be arch and subversive.
Though her connection to the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast she graduated from the Music Potential programme with Capital XTRA. She set up a home studio and played a gig at KOKO in London. Now with the help of Oh Yeah’s Scratch programme, Alice LA has released the alt-gospel affections of ‘Mr. Summer Solstice’, another ambitious reach.
Purveyors of riff-infused Irish Post Rock, Ferals are connected to the Belfast music community but their metaphysical home is the north coast.
In early 2018 they registered with their first release, ‘Brendan Rodgers’. With the accompanying video Ferals were hailed as a band with left-field energy, musical finesse and wry humour. They are party to Zool Records, a collective of like-minded acts and a positive source for gigs, releases and rehearsal space.
Also in 2018 Ferals were accepted onto the Scratch project at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast and through this program they released their second single 'Gone'.
In early 2019 Ferals released their debut EP ‘Always Watching Never Watched’ to much critical avail. Recorded at Smalltown America Studios, the band find their sound now shaped by the band as they find their feet in the local scene.
Stendhal would not be possible each year without the fantastic support of our partners and sponsors, including:
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council:
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has supported Stendhal Festival every year since the council came into being in 2014.
Through the Large Events Fund, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council helps Stendhal maintain and grow every year and has played a key role in the development of the event.
Tourism Northern Ireland
Tourism Northern Ireland (Tourism NI) is responsible for the development of tourism and the marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination to domestic tourists, from within Northern Ireland, and to visitors from the Republic of Ireland. We are a non-departmental public body of the Department for the Economy and we work closely with other tourism bodies to help develop the visitor economy here and to market Northern Ireland to incoming visitors.
Tourism NI’s mission is to build the value of tourism to the local economy in partnership with government and industry.
Tourism NI confidently and passionately champion the development and promotion of the Northern Ireland experience.
Tourism NI supports the development of a high quality tourism industry through quality programmes that are based on visitor needs. We invest in people, projects and events that result in increased spending by leisure and business visitors.
Help Musicians NI
As the leading independent charity for musicians, Help Musicians UK is proud to have had a dedicated office for Northern Ireland since 2016.
HMNI offers practical, positive support to emerging, professional and retired musicians – whatever the genre.
Specifically, they help emerging professionals to develop their talent and get started in a professional career. HMNI helps existing professionals who have hit a crisis in their lives which can have a devastating effect on their career and families. HMNI helps with long-term or terminal illness and help musicians in retirement and those needing special help as they grow older.
CAPTION: General Fiasco will make their Stendhal debut next month.
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