13th Open House Festival

Lucky for some, watch a video of Louise McElvanna with the latest news from the 13th year of the folk and roots festival

From June 22 - 26, Belfast is set to reverberate to the sound of folk, roots and traditional music as the Coors Light Open House Festival returns once more to the Cathedral Quarter. This year’s festival boasts a line-up of some of the biggest names in contemporary folk and roots music for what promises to be a highlight of the summer for music lovers across Northern Ireland.

Offering a whole weekend of all-day open air concerts at Custom House Square, this year's headliners are the mighty Fleet Foxes, in a historic debut Northern Ireland performance. Brit Award winner Laura Marling leads the lineup for Friday's outdoor entertainment, with heavyweight support coming in from recent Ivor Novello winner Villagers alongside The Low Anthem.

Director Kieran Gilmore said he was thrilled by this year's programme:

'We’ve moved Coors Light Open House Festival to the longest, brightest - and hopefully hottest - week of the year and we believe that acts such as Fleet Foxes will be just that little bit more special in the open-air and glorious sunshine of a June weekend. Huge acts such as Laura Marling are just the tip of a very large iceberg for us this year.

'There’s so much great music coming out of the Coors Light Open House Festival that reflects the depth and breadth of a genre that never fails to excite. We’re looking forward to seeing festival fans, familiar and first-timers alike, making their way down to Open House for a week to remember.'

Fans of more intimate traditional and folk events will be glad to hear that this year will include gigs featuring the likes of Cathal Hayden, Mairtín O’Connor and Seamie O’Dowd, Caitlin Rose, Marcus Foster, The Sons of Caliber, Smoke Fairies, The Staves, Skip Moses, Dezi Donnelly and Mike McGoldrick, John Edgar Voe and an all star, 30th anniversary rendition of the classic Dick Gaughan album Handful of Earth.

There will also present a brand new series of Breakthrough gigs in the Oh Yeah Music Centre and, of course, the traditional family friendly ('Good with kids, great without!') Chillifest is back hotter than ever and features a live performance from Alabama 3.

Maria McAllister, Traditional Arts Officer at the Arts Council, commented:

'Over the last thirteen years The Open House Festival has grown to become one of the biggest and most popular events in our cultural calendar. Annually drawing large numbers of visitors from across Belfast and beyond, the Festival is an excellent example of the major contribution that the arts make to our social, creative and economic life.'

The Coors Light 13th Open House Festival runs in venues across Belfast's Cathedral Quarter from June 22 - 26 2011. See
What's On for details on the events.