Following the sell-out success of Atlantic Sessions, last year and its 2017 NI Tourism Award for most Innovative Event, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will be bringing Atlantic Sessions back to the Causeway Coast from 15 – 18 November 2018. Over 50 of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians will perform live in over 25 venues across the four days, including coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, music venues and bars. Each artist will play their own music for one hour, and this will form a music trail across the resorts of Portstewart and Portrush.
In 2017, audiences travelled from right across the UK, Ireland, and further afield to hear musicians and venues were packed to the rafters, in spite it being off-season. For the first time the festival was attended by national and international media, plus received coverage from BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart who headlined the weekend programme. The festival has a significant role to play in developing tourism, appreciating the ongoing success stories which make us proud of our music scene and showcasing the Causeway Coast internationally. Visitors will have an opportunity to see high profile artists in an intimate setting, with the stunning Atlantic as a backdrop.
Now celebrating its tenth anniversary and firmly established in the music calendar, Atlantic Sessions is this year working in partnership with Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Tourism Ireland. Live music ranges from traditional, bluegrass and americana to electronic, indie and acoustic singer-songwriters. It offers a platform for emerging talent as well as established artists from across Northern Ireland an opportunity to bring their music beyond urban hubs.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE said: “Atlantic Sessions success at last year’s Tourism NI awards was richly deserved and we are now looking forward to further celebration as we mark the festival’s 10th anniversary. Since its inception, Atlantic Sessions has evolved into a premier music event which has given a platform to many of Northern Ireland’s most exciting home-grown talent. This year we are looking forward to delivering a programme which reflects the event’s achievements over the past decade and its impact on the music scene here. This year’s festival will once again coincide with Causeway Coast and Glens Restaurant Week which runs from November 10 – 18, offering our visitors an unmissable mix of musical talent and foodie experiences.”
Programming is by Snow Water and its Director Carolyn Mathers commented:
“Northern Ireland is extraordinary in the richness of its artistic talent and Atlantic Sessions is a perfect opportunity to showcase our creative energy to international audiences. We’re very excited about the tenth anniversary and have curated new collaborations and 'In the Round' concerts exclusively for the festival, NI Music Prize 2018 nominees, EP and Single launches and will be announcing some very special guests who are new to the festival. Audiences will have an opportunity to witness our finest artists partner together in intimate environments. We’re very grateful for the support of our partners Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Tourism Ireland and Third Bar, the support of over 25 venues in the area, and are delighted that interest in Northern Ireland’s music scene is stronger than ever.”
The Atlantic Sessions EARLY BIRD FESTIVAL PASS is now on sale from www.atlanticsessions.com. The full line-up of events will be announced in August 2018. For visitor information and where to stay, check out visitcausewaycoastandglens.com.