A raft of stellar new music and comedy additions to the first event of the Stendhal Festival Presents Unlocked series has been announced.
Acts already announced include And So I Watch You From Afar, Ryan McMullan, Ciaran Lavery and Kila and now twelve more musical acts and four of Northern Ireland’s top comedians will also be taking to the stage on August 21 and 22.
David Keenan, Conor Scott, Gemma Bradley, Conchúr White, Vokxen, Rebekah Fitch, Bäkken, Sinister Pete, Scála strings, Waking Android, Shane Deane and Amanda Healy have topped up the musical bill.
Shane Todd, Micky Bartlett, Dave Elliot and Robbie McShane will bring a bit of levity to proceedings in what is a top line up of homegrown comedy.
250 more tickets to Unlocked Event 1 have also been released.
Event Director Ross Parkhill said he was really looking forward to seeing some of these incredible artists back on stage doing what they do best at Unlocked this summer.
“Its been far too long since anyone has been able to perform live to an audience and we are absolutely delighted that we may well be the very first outdoor gig of this nature to take place in Northern Ireland since lockdown.”
Ross added: “We have an excellent line up for event 1 and we fully expect all the remaining 250 tickets to sell out pretty quickly.
“Don’t worry if you miss out though, Event 2 and Event 3 will be just as good, so stay tuned for more info on the line-ups for both those events.”
Currently the Unlocked events are awaiting the green light from Stormont before they can officially proceed and the team producing the events is hoping to receive some clarity this week.
Ross said: “At the minute we are being told that although there are restrictions on gatherings (30 people), this does not apply to cultural and entertainments activities where the organiser can demonstrate that they have carried out a risk assessment which meets the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, and have taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, including implementing the preventive and protective measures identified in the risk assessment undertaken, and comply with any relevant guidance issued by a Northern Ireland Department.
“We believe we have all this in place and that the Unlocked events would qualify as a cultural and entertainment activity.
“However, we are also being told that there is still come clarity needed on guidelines for outdoor music performances and that they may not necessarily be the same as cultural and entertainment guidelines.
“We are hopeful that this clarity will come by the end of the week and that considering 500 spectators were at the Irish Cup final, audiences for our events will be allowed.”