NEWCASTLE will set the scene for one of Northern Ireland’s biggest events this August, with a two-day music concert now added to the award winning Festival of Flight.
The Feeling, Chipmunk, and Wonderland are among a host of top chart acts so far scheduled to perform at the Festival of Flight in One Cool Weekend on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August at the Playing Fields, Castlewellan Road.
It features as part of the Festival of Flight, which runs from August 1st through to August 7th, which will once again feature an air display from the Red Arrows and a full programme of family entertainment.
Last year the Festival of Flight attracted 140,000 people to the County Down resort.
While there are more acts yet to be confirmed, other artists booked for the Cool FM extravaganza include: Wretch 32, Frankmusik, The Reason 4, Colenso Parade, Relish, Microlip, A.J., Parade, and Silhouette.
Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster and Newcastle and Downpatrick Tourist Information Centres on Friday July 1st.
Councillor Dermot Curran, Down District Council Chairman said, “Events on this major scale are known to give an instant and dramatic boost to visitor numbers but, just as important, research and experience show us that many of those who come to Newcastle specifically for the festival will either prolong their stay or return to enjoy our other attractions.
“We can therefore expect our investment in the festival to bring economic benefits far beyond the festival week itself.”
The music concert incorporated into this year’s Festival of Flight is the culmination of a number of events planned by Northern Ireland’s biggest listened to commercial radio station, Cool FM, to help celebrate 21 years of broadcasting.
“Cool FM is celebrating its 21st birthday this year in style,” added Eddie West, Programme Controller with Cool FM. “The concert is part of a year long calendar of events planned to mark 21 years of bringing Northern Ireland close to great music.
“Cool FM is Northern Ireland’s most listened to commercial radio station with 376,000 people tuning in each week. We’re very excited to be bringing this major event to Newcastle.”
On Saturday August 6th the Festival of Flight runs from 12 noon to 5pm, with the music concert running from 5pm to 11pm. Acts released thus far for the Saturday concert include The Feeling, Wonderland, Wretch 32, Colenso Parade, Relish, Microlip, Parade and Cool FM DJs. Tickets are available from only £19.99 via www.ticketmaster.ie and www.coolfm.co.uk. Persons under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or over.
On Sunday August 7th the Festival of Flight recommence at 12 noon until 3pm, with the music concert running from 3pm to 9pm. Line-up includes Chipmunk, Frankmusik, The Reason 4, A.J., Silhouette, plus Cool FM DJs. Tickets are available from only £14.99 via www.ticketmaster.ie and www.coolfm.co.uk . Persons under 14 years old must be accompanied by a person aged 16 or over.
A fully licensed bar will be available at the concert on both days for persons 18 years and over (ID required), as will a festival village with food vendors, stalls and more.
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BRIEF CONCERT ARTIST BLOGS
Saturday August 6th
Five piece pop band making headlines across UK and Ireland. Band members Dan, Richard, Kevin, Ciaran and Paul are renowned for singles like Join With Us, Fill My Little World and Never Be Lonely.
Wonderland is tipped to be the next big Irish girl band! The five-piece have already made a series of Irish and UK television appearances and have supported Westlife, Boyzone, Olly Murs and Taylor Swift on their Irish and UK Tours.
UK hop-hop/grime artist signed to Ministry Of Sound/Levels Recordings. Currently performing at every major UK music festival including Glastonbury, V Festival, SW4, T In The Park and and T4 On The Beach.
UK girl band who gate-crashed the Top 10 with their debut single Louder last month. Parade has supported top pop artists including Shakira, Ellie Goulding, and Alexandra Burke on their UK Tours.
Northern Ireland indie-pop band that has been causing a stir on the airwaves and in the press over the past 24 months. Tracks include You and Me Against an Old Routine, The Truth That Ran Us Down, and Find Your Mother.
Downpatrick rock band who have released the albums Wildflowers, Karma Calling, and the Japan-only release Three Times. Best known for Irish chart successes with songs Rainbow Zephyr and You I’m Thinking Of.
Portadown pop/indie/rock group who have supported The Script and The Coronas on their Irish tours. Best known for their play-listed tracks Man of Steel, Dance Beneath The Feet and Silver Lining
Sunday August 7th
English hip-hop singer and songwriter who has stormed the charts with singles like Oopsy Daisy, In The Air, Flying High, and Champion (feat. Chris Brown). Has won MOBO awards for Best UK Newcomer and Best Hip-Hop Act.
Electro-pop artist tipped for the top. Frankmusik has remixed for global superstars including Pet Shop Boys and Lady Gaga. Singles include Better Off As Two, Do It In The AM, and 3 Little Words.
The Reason 4
Southampton four–piece boy band who captured the nation’s imagination on 2010 series of X-Factor. The band releases their brand new single, Take It All, in August!
AJ is the male solo pop artist who has risen to fame across UK over the past 12 months. Has just released his new single Freak House and is embarking on a 150 date UK tour!
22 year old Northern Ireland artist whose main creative focus is to “inspire, touch and mend” the hearts of everyone who listens.