Glasgowbury Announce ‘Small But Massive’ Line-Up - The Answer, The Japanese Popstars and ASIWYFA among first acts unveiled as Glasgowbury turns a teenager!

And So I Watch You From Afar.
And So I Watch You From Afar.

GLASGOWBURY has announced the first details for its 13th annual music festival, a two-day celebration of the best in homegrown talent that aims to set Eagle’s Rock alight this July.

Headline acts for this year’s ‘Small but Massive’ event a include a Northern Ireland exclusive performance from Downpatrick rockers The Answer, Derry dance duo The Japanese Popstars and north coast instrumentalists And So I Watch You From Afar.

For the first time ever Glasgowbury will expand to a two day festival across the weekend of July 19th – 21st, staging a County Derry showcase at Eagle’s Rock on Friday 19th in support of Derry~Londonderry’s City Of Culture celebrations.

The first round of announcements for this year’s festival comprises some of the best in new, emerging and established talent from throughout Ireland, including: 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 and Rosie Carney – with many more still to be announced!

The announced line-up represents just the tip of the festival iceberg with over 50 acts still to be unleashed.

This year’s festival also sees the return of the acclaimed G Spot Comedy Stage and a host of carnival and samba band activities.

And, for the first time, Glasgowbury will also link with Derry based CultureTECH festival to bring a technology inspired tent to the field featuring screenings, gaming and interactive activities to help keep the mind active over the long weekend.

Creative Director, Paddy Glasgow, had this to say about the 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 first festival slots.

“The acts so far announced reflect less than half of the overall line-up and with a full festival programme combining comedy, street theatre, samba and technology – this could be the most exciting Glasgowbury ever.”

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council, said: “Glasgowbury is a wonderful showcase for indigenous music in spectacular rural surroundings, we are delighted that this year through their additional work with the City of Culture, local musicians will be propelled onto an international stage.

“Home-grown festivals such as this are integral for the development of future generations of performers. The unique atmosphere of Glasgowbury and the talent on show will provide entertainment and inspiration for many.”

Tickets for Glasgowbury 2013, priced from just £35, are on sale now from

Glasgowbury gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council NI and Northern Ireland Tourist Board.