Video: Glasgowbury takes final flight from Eagle’s Rock

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WITH just one day left to go before the annual Glasgowbury festival gets underway at Eagle’s Rock, Draperstown excitement is well and truly at fever pitch in and around Mid Ulster.

Organisers of the festival which has been running annually since 2000 have just recently announced that this year’s celebration of homegrown musical talent will be the final full-scale event at its home at Eagle’s Rock.

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The organisation noew want to conquer exciting new territories and develop new audiences and will be relocating to an expanded creative hub in Draperstown Cornstore.

Building on the not-for-profit team’s varied community arts and development programme, opening up new opportunities in the creative industries is at the very core of Glasgowbury’s future. The story of the group’s success is not ending: it’s very much beginning.

This year the line-up is as exciting as previous years with ‘And So I Watch You From Afar’, ‘The Japanese Popstars’ and ‘The Answer’ all headlining with many other great local talents also taking to the stage this Friday and Saturday 19th and 20th July.

On Friday, the festival are having a ‘Derry Day’ to celebrate the city’s title as City of Culture and consists of Derry acts from the city and county.

There are six stages at this year’s festival (Small But Massive Main Stage, G Sessions, Spurs Of Rock, Eagle’s Rock, G Spot, Generator Stage) with a variety of music and entertainment spread across each.

Glasgowbury have also teamed up with CultureTECH this year to create a Tech Tent for the first time. This will have gaming stations another tech goodies.

The organisers are also delighted to announce that ‘creating the magic’ this year will be BM Promotions & Street Wise Samba band. They will be doing performances from 7-9pm [Fri] & 12-4pm [Sat].

There will also be magic shows, circus skills workshops, arts & crafts, face painting, body shrimping, balloon modelling, samba drumming performance & workshops throughout the weekend.

Creative Director, Paddy Glasgow, who the festival is named after, had this to say about this year’s 2013 line-up: “Every year, Glasgowbury aims to reflect the great success of our homegrown music scene and 2013’s line-up is arguably one of our best and most vibrant. The beauty of the festival is that we can have acts such as And So I Watch You From Afar and The Answer, who are representing Northern

Ireland on an international scale, alongside bands and artists fresh on the gig circuit, playing their Creative Director.”

The festival have also announced that is teaming up with J&K Coaches to offer hassle-free, regional-friendly bus routes to this year festival. To book a place - from your doorstep to the festival and back - contact J&K Coaches via (028) 867 37776 or info@jandkcoaches.com

Tickets for this weekend’s festival are still available to buy via the website at www.glasgowbury.com

A FULL array of musical acts to suit even the most varied tastes will be on offer this weekend at Glasgowbury. Some of the confirmed line-up include: The Answer / Japanese Popstars / And So I Watch You From Afar / Jetplane Landing / Little Bear /Axis Of / Ed Zealous / In Their Thousands / More Than Conquerors / Million Dollar Reload / Trucker Diablo / The Bonnevilles / Runaway GO / PigsAsPeople / Vanilla Gloom / The Wood Burning Savages / Pretty Child Backfire / Furlo / Robyn G Shiels / Rosie Carney / Ryan Vail / The Dead Presidents / Silhouette / Our Krypton Son / The Wonder Villains / VerseChorusVerse / The Clameens / Susie Blue / Those Ghosts / LaFaro / Pocket Billiards / Rams’ Pocket Radio / The Hot Sprockets / The Greased Palm / Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas / Orchid Collective / Children Of The Son / Emerald Armada / Alana Henderson / Aces Wild / Hurdles / Wyldling / Robb Murphy / Windings and many more.