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Young stars from The Music Yard in Larne looking forward to sharing the bill with Hothouse Flowers and Eddi Reader at the Friends’ Goodwill Music Festival in May
Young stars from The Music Yard in Larne looking forward to sharing the bill with Hothouse Flowers and Eddi Reader at the Friends’ Goodwill Music Festival in May

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It's Got to Be Perfect at Friends' Goodwill Music Festival

Friends’ Goodwill Music Festival returns to Larne for a fourth consecutive year and boasts two major headline acts as well as a spectacular celebration of our VE Day heroes.

Scottish songstress Eddi Reader, famed for her hit singles ‘Perfect’ and ‘Find My Love’ with her former band Fairground Attraction will take to the stage with Dublin rock band Hothouse Flowers topping the bill and performing their much-loved hits, including ‘Don’t Go’ and ‘I Can See’.

This year’s festival kicks off with an action-packed day of free, family friendly activities to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

On Friday 8 May, Sandy Bay Playing fields will be transformed by the sights, sounds and colours of World War 2 vehicles, weapons and historical re-enactors, with War Years Remembered bringing VE Day to life for modern generations.

Music will be provided by 1st Larne Old Boys Silver Band, The Swingtime Starlets and Zolene and the ALS Band as we pay tribute to the armed services.

A kiddies’ funfair will be in operation, and families can avail of free car parking and an array of food wagons.

Other key attractions, entertainment and activities will be announced shortly.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival moves to Market Yard and features a change in format from previous years.

Saturday’s outdoor concert is ticket-only and partially seated, while Sunday’s programme has no admission charge and will feature a cookery theatre, street artists, bubble artists and activities for all ages.

The music on stage includes The Swing Gals, Lisa Dawson and Coach.

Entertainment offerings will appeal to all ages with street theatre, an eclectic mix of live music, cookery theatre, food wagons and the addition of a drinks bar and terrace.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Maureen Morrow, said,

“Every year the festival goes from strength to strength and we believe our two headline artists will not only appeal to our local community, but also attract festival-goers from all over Ireland and Scotland.

“Eddi Reader has a strong Ulster-Scots connection with her Robert Burns repertoire and will have an affinity with many local people. Hothouse Flowers have been a house-hold name since the 80s and this will be the first time for both artists to perform in Larne.”;

We always like to nurture local talent and are looking forward to welcoming county Armagh’s Sionán, who won Belfast’s singer/songwriter competition in 2018, to support Eddi and Hothouse Flowers.”

“We are delighted to give the community and all those who visit Larne over the course of the three-day festival, a real sense of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, while enjoying music from top bill artists and performers.”

Tickets for the Saturday evening concert are on sale now priced at £12 plus booking fee at: www.fgw.eventbrite.com.

For further details on both festivals including transport, parking and other things to see and do click: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/friendsgoodwill.

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