New artists announced for Stendhal Festival this summer

The second instalment of the award-winning event's 2019 line-up features a wealth of Irish talent from Damien Dempsey to renowned folk act Kíla

A further raft of acts have been confirmed to appear in the ninth annual instalment of Northern Ireland's award-winning Stendhal Festival.

Damien Dempsey, Talos, Kila, Ciaran Lavery, Cormac Neeson, Lisa O’Neil and Jordan Adetunji are amongst the names set to join already announced headliners Basement Jaxx and Hothouse Flowers plus many more at Ballymully Farm, Limavady from August 15-17.

With surprises still in store, Festival Director Ross Parkhill is thrilled with how the line-up is shaping up and says that it's proof again of the wealth of talent Ireland has north and south.

'As it stands, adding top quality acts such as of Damien Dempsey, Talos, Ciaran Lavery, Kila and everyone else we have announced today to the first part of the line-up, this is easily one of the strongest we have ever been able to showcase at Stendhal.

'This year’s line-up is a fantastic mix of the familiar and the new, which as usual covers a multitude of genres and we are confident that it will make this year’s Stendhal the biggest and best one to date.

'That said, we have really only gotten started on the programming announcements,' he added. 'We will be announcing our Thursday night headline act at the start of June along with the final musical acts. We still have our comedy headline acts to announce, our family programme will be revealed very soon, along with a plethora of non-music programming which is always a massive part of the Stendhal experience.

'We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the farm in August to see all these amazing artists take to the stage and I’d like to thank them all for being a part of Stendhal this year.

Full list of new acts announced: Damien Dempsey (ROI) , Talos (ROI), Kila (ROI), Ciaran Lavery (Belfast), Cormac Neeson (Belfast), Lisa O’Neil (ROI), Jordan Adetunji (Belfast), New Pagans (Derry/Belfast), Pocket Billiards (Belfast), Kitt Philippa (Belfast), The Irish Video Game Orchestra (NI), Lore (Limavady/Dungiven), Blackwater Conspiracy (Tyrone), Sister Ghost (Park/Belfast), NI Opera (Belfast), Limavady Big Band (Limavady), Reevah (Derry~Londonderry), The String Ninjas (Belfast), Joel Harkin (Donegal), Charity Shop Vinyl (Derry~Londonderry), Warriors of the Dystotheque (Derry/Londonderry) Afekt (Derry~Londonderry).

Parkhill was also eager to thank the organisations that continue to support Stendhal Festival with funding and help the County Derry arts weekender continue to grow.

'Huge thanks to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and Help Musicians NI,' he said. 'Their continued support has allowed us to grow Stendhal into the biggest event of its type in Northern Ireland and will help us to keep making the event better and better each and every year.'

Meanwhile earlier this year Stendhal announced County Down-based painter Geraldine Mulqueen as its Featured Artist for 2019. Her work can be seen across the festival's current marketing campaign and will be on display in a dedicated gallery on the site in August.

Tickets for Stendhal Festival as well as further information on the event is available at https://www.stendhalfestival.com/.