Open House Goes Back on the Road

The Bangor festival has invited last summer's standout act back from the US for a string of live dates across some unique and peculiar venues

After the success of taking three familiar names on a imaginative mini-tour in 2015, Open House are once again reviving one of their festival favourites for a small run of performances across various unexpected locations this year.

Over five consecutive nights from February 3 - 7, Michigan roots ensemble Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys will offer another chance to see one of the standouts of last summer's programme in Bangor, where they sold out the Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Blending of bluegrass and Americana, the now Nashville-based band have a unique style and a captivating stage presence. Their latest album, Ionia, has received widespread critical acclaim.

'Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys were one of the first music acts to sell out when we launched our summer programme last June,' says Festival Director, Kieran Gilmore. 'Their show in Ballyholme Yacht Club received rave reviews, and a lot of people were disappointed not to see them, so when we were planning this tour, they were our number one choice.

'We are thrilled to be bringing the band back to Northern Ireland, and this time more audiences will have the opportunity to see their fantastic live act.'

Supporting the Flatbellys is renowned Bangor musician, Stephen Macartney. Singer-songwriter Macartney, is known for being part of Farriers and as a prolific solo performer. His memorable live performances have garnered him a significant and dedicated fan base.

The tour sets off at at Bangor's smart new Space Theatre on Wednesday 3, followed by the beautiful Holywood Yacht Club the next night. Friday, February 5 sees Aghadowey's popular Brown Trout Inn join Open House's ever-expanding list of special settings while the beautifully renovated Victoria tea rooms in Portrush, now the Arcadia, follows similarly the day after before things conclude at the returning Hilden Brewery, Lisburn on Sunday 7.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, who are supporting the tour, commented: 'The Northern Ireland Music Touring Programme has already delivered a range of impressive tours to new audiences and venues across the region since its introduction in 2014 with names such as The Quercus Ensemble, Neil Cowley Trio, David Little, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Beoga, among others, taking to the stage.

'We are delighted to support Open House with this current tour through the programme as they continue to bring the best music to new audiences in unique locations.'

For tickets and further information visit www.openhousefestival.com. For your chance to win tickets to either the Portrush or Holywood gigs, see our competitions section.