The music has ended but plans have begun...

The last Glasgowbury went out with a bang - Pic: Ciara McMullan
The last Glasgowbury went out with a bang - Pic: Ciara McMullan

THE music ended on a high note at the Glasgowbury festival which was held at Eagle’s Rock in the heart of the Sperrins for the last time.

As the curtain came down, organisers reflected on the past 13 years which have seen the event grow from small beginnings.

The 5000 strong crowd were bathed in sunshine last Friday and Saturday (July 19 and 20), enjoying headlining acts ‘And So I Watch You From Afar’, ‘The Japanese Popstars’ and ‘The Answer’ in addition to a range of local talent.

This is the 13th year of the festival and Marketing Officer, Barry Fahy said it was a great end to a great event.

And with the move into the Corn Store in Draperstown, plans are in the pipeline for new projects involving community-based activities.

“It was very successful and we met all our targets in terms of ticket sales. The sun shone all weekend and the bands loved playing the festival,” he told the MAIL.

The weather certainly helped lift the mood and the crowds were bathed in glorious sunshine creating a buzzing atmosphere.

“The headliners went away with the opinion that it was the best festival they’d ever played,” added Barry.

The Glasgowbury Festival Music Group now hopes to offer new opportunities across the creative arts spectrum.

“We are still deciding what to do,” said Barry. “We’ve just moved into the Corn Store in Draperstown which is our new hub. And from there we hope to offer tuition to children as well as classes. We have other plans too which are not yet finalised,” he added.

It is hoped the locally based activities will encourage a strong sense of community spirit as well as teach vital skills to young people who otherwise would not have had the opportunity.

This year’s final full-scale event saw a fantastic line-up of musicians from Jetplane Landing to Pigs As People, The Dead Presidents, Paddy Nash and The Happy Enchiladas and The Bonnevilles.

Festival goers also enjoyed magic shows, honing their circus skills, participating in workshops, arts and crafts, balloon modelling, Samba drumming and face painting.

On the Friday, Glasgowbury held a ‘Derry Day’ to mark the Derry-Londonderry’s title as the City of Culture with bands taking centre stage.

Many top bands have performed at the festival over the years including Cashier No 9, Ash, Duke Special and The Undertones.