The dates for the Stendhal Festival 2019 have just been released. Organisers have said: “With Stendhal festival 2018 proving to be another record breaking year for organisers of the Limavady based, multi-award winning music and arts festival, it has not taken long for thoughts to turn to next year. “Indeed the dates have already been set for the ninth instalment of Stendhal Festival which will take place next year at Ballymully Cottage Farm on August 15, 16 and 17. The event will once again be a three day affair, with the addition of an extra night having been so warmly received this year and the organisers are already looking forward to trying to top what they have hailed as their best year yet.” And, Event Director, Ross Parkhill said: “For us 2018 was incredible. “We had approximately 8500 people on site, up approximately 2000 on 2017, which made the event last summer the largest independent music and arts festival of its kind in the history of Northern Ireland and that that just blows my mind.” He added: “Every year it is getting harder and harder to top previous events but judging from the feedback we have received it appears that we have managed to do so again, which means we have quite the job on for 2019.” Looking ahead Ross said that the team are already in the early planning stages for what will be the ninth instalment of Stendhal and that he hopes that next year will be a case of solidifying as much as growing the event. “At this stage we are aiming more towards solidifying the event and tweaking bits and pieces than we are for massive growth,” he said. “If we can manage to get 9000 on site next year, we’d be more than happy with that and then we’d look towards breaking the 10,000 mark for our 10
th anniversary in 2020. That said, I do think that we would be more than capable of managing a crowd of 10,000 next year if things went really well.” Ross concluded: “It’s a crazy amount of work that goes into just one weekend in August but we love every minute of it and continue to be incredibly grateful and humbled by all the love and support we receive from everyone.” A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available for Stendhal 2019 now on StendhalFestival.com.
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