Bob Marley's band The Wailers to headline Stendhal Festival

The reggae music legends along with the Ulster Orchestra are amongst the latest wave of acts announced as part of this year's line-up in Limavady

Legendary reggae band The Wailers, originally led by Bob Marley until his death in 1981, will headline the Friday evening of this year's Stendhal Festival in Limavady.

The news comes as part of a host of newly-announced names joining the likes of Embrace and And So I Watch You From Afar at the award-winning event across August 10 and 11.

From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured and performed before millions of fans worldwide. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston 'Familyman' Barrett and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, the band have carried on Marley's mission to 'keep [him] alive through the music'.

Also confirmed to play the festival for the first time is the Ulster Orchestra. At the forefront of musical life for over 50 years in Northern Ireland, a 20 player ensemble will be joined at Ballymully Cottage Farm by a number of special guests to be revealed in forthcoming weeks.

Meanwhile BBC Radio 2 folk award-winners Lankum return after changing their name from Lynched, which they performed under in 2016. Other notable artists include recent signee to Atlantic Records, Jealous of the Birds, The Answer frontman Cormac Neeson, Brand New Friend, Limavady's own Rachel O'Connor and techno duo Loco & Jam.

Also added to the bill are David Keenan, Bobii Lewis, Folly Rae, Cooks but We’re Chefs, Dirty Faces, Dr. Mindflip, Glass Wings, Kitt Phillipa, Kunokini, Lore, Mmode, Sam Wickens, The Great Malarkey, Explosion Sound System, Nash and Casey, Rebekah Fitch, Owen Lamont, Lonesome George, Brooke Sharkey, DJ Koncept, Same D4ence, Vokxen, Chris Wilson, Cherym, Rachel Rane, Pearl Natasha and the boys, Lunch Machine, Wild Rocket, Tuath, Slow Place Like Home, Distorted Perspective DJ's, F12, Tobias Schmidt, Sirius 23, Spree, Bedlam DJ's, Reevah, Luke Burr, The Era, Gerard McCloskey, Sofia and Pale Laterns.

Jealous of the birds

Jealous of the Birds

Festival director Ross Parkhill said that he was beyond happy with the line-up to date, adding that there are still a few more surprises to be announced.

'We pride ourselves on being a value for money event, and when you combine this second line-up announcement with what we already have on the bill, I think it’s safe to say that you will be getting plenty of bang for your buck at Stendhal this year.

'We are so happy with what is on the bill this year and while I don’t want to single any others out above anyone else, I have to say on a personal level how incredibly excited and proud we all are to have secured the Wailers to headline the Friday.


Downpatrick rockers Ash headlined the Friday night in 2017

'This band played a key role in composing and releasing some of the most iconic tracks in the entire history of music and to have them play Stendhal is an absolute honour.'

He added his thanks to those who have already purchased tickets, while noting the festival is on track to sell out for the second year running.

'So with that in mind, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, please do so soon to avoid disappointment as projections are suggesting that like last year, we will sell out.'

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