Ash Headline Glasgowbury

Downpatrick trio return to rock NI's biggest small festival. Click Play Audio for a selection of Northern Irish musical gems

The Glasgowbury Music Festival has announced that Downpatrick rock trio Ash will headline the 2008 Festival, which takes place at Eagle's Rock, Draperstown.

Currently touring the world in support of their Twilight of the Innocents album, Ash join more than 50 musical acts performing on Saturday, July 26.

The band's only Northern Irish date in 2008, Ash join acts like Oppenheimer, And So I Watch You From Afar and Fighting With Wire for an unforgettable date in the Sperrins.

The 2008 Glasgowbury line-up also includes Mojo Fury, The DelaWares, Cat Malojian and the Panama Kings.

The festival began during the summer of 2000. A gathering of bands and songwriters was organised by singer/songwriter Paddy Glasgow to perform a fundraising concert for the Ulster Cancer Foundation.

The success of Glasgowbury 2002 in Drumard, outside Draperstown, was the cornerstone for
the festival's 'small but massive' approach.

In 2003 the response and support from the music community increased, with artists from all over wishing to get involved. 

Glasgowbury 2003 was a momentus day with television, radio and press giving credence to, and expressing an interest in, the festival. On site were two marquees, 24 acts, plus camping and car parking facilities.

In 2004 the festival moved to Cahore Sports ground but finally settled in its new home at Eagles' Rock in 2006.

The spectacular setting is a stunning backdrop to the festival, inspiring artists, fans and magical moments such as the finale to Duke Special's set in 2006 when he closed the festival by trashing his piano.

Glasgowbury takes its name from a comedy moment where a reference to the Glastonbury festival - which was taking place at the same time - was matched with the surname of the organiser. 

The event continues to support breakthrough artists with plans to establish a rural training centre with facilities for emerging arts, media and music.

Click here to find out more about Glasgowbury 2008.