Party on the Pitch

Showaddywaddy and Nathan Carter headline two days of live music spanning country, soul, Motown and more at Ballymoney Rugby Club

Festival Details


Friday, 18 August 2017 to Saturday, 19 August 2017

A huge line-up is on the cards for Party on the Pitch this year. Featuring Nathan Carter and Showaddywaddy as the headline acts on August 18 and 19 respectively, the committee have gone all-in to get the best show they can and build on last year’s success.

It’s not just the headline acts that are showing the ambition of the show, the whole event has a range of quality acts that will surely delight all who join in.

The Friday evening is being touted as 'The Best Country in the Country'. Kicking off will be Ballymoney’s own up and coming superstar, Jordan Mogey, fresh from releasing his second self-penned album Cowboys, Drifters & Angels.

Next up will be Ritchie Remo, the hard working Magherafelt 'Country Boy' who has now released eight albums, and is unbelievably on his 22nd year on stage!

Headlining Friday night’s outdoor stage will be the fantastic Nathan Carter. Fresh from selling 11,000 tickets at the SSE arena, Carter has his own huge following across the whole of Ireland and beyond. With new album Livin’ the Dream out on June 16, and RTE recording The Nathan Carter Show for TV again at the end of the month, the show he brings is sure to be fresh and lively, and something for new and old fans to really enjoy!

Saturday sees a focus on big music sounds on the big stage. Opening the show will be Freefall, one of the region’s best loved bands, with their unique take on songs from all kinds of collections.

The Iconettes will follow, bringing their band the Hitzvilles, to give us their take on a huge collection of Motown classics. Lead singer Karen Rush is well known across the country for her high-quality acts, and the Motown vibe will really build the atmosphere for the day.

Following on will see the Fab Beatles – the country’s foremost tribute to arguably the best band ever to come out of these islands. These guys have been going for over 20 years, and were even used by record label EMI to promote the Beatles 1 album for its release in 2000.

Bringing us into the evening will be the incredible sound of Counselled Out. Billed as 'Glasgow’s Soul Band' – the Evening Times describes them as 'a tight and raunchy outfit who play soul with attitude and R&B with a cutting edge' – these guys have a massive following in Scotland, and bring a brilliant energy to every performance.

Finally, the legends that are Showaddywaddy will finish off the outdoor event, with their own feel-good anthems. Still touring harder than ever, with over 100 shows a year, the band are managed by original vocalist Dave Bartram, and features two of the original line-up in Romeo Challenger and Rod Deas.  

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