Unlocked – The first festival of it’s kind in the history of Northern Ireland.
Expect special performances from some of the very best talent the island of Ireland has to offer, beer gardens, delicious food and perhaps best of all, over 20 acres of outdoor scenic countryside to enjoy.
WKND 1: AUGUST 21-22 2020
Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady
(Subject to guidance on mass gatherings in August)
This event will only be able to accommodate a very limited number of patrons.
We hope to be able to welcome between 500 and 1000 people to Ballymully Cottage Farm come August but initially only 250 tickets for each of the three aforementioned events will be released.
More will be released as we proceed.
Ticket types will include weekend camping and weekend non-camping and can be purchased by patrons aged 21 and over.
No family tickets will be released for this event currently. We aim to explore a separate Family event. (please see below for further explanation).
No single day tickets will be released.
Campervan & Caravan tickets are available at very limited numbers.
Each camping ticket will be accompanied by a pre-booked 8mx8m camping plot or a campervan / caravan plot.
Please note that any single purchased ticket is for one weekend event only.
All camp plots will measure 8mx8m
Camp plots are strictly for 2 people from the same household or social support bubble per plot. (This will be under constant review).
Due to nature of being able to pre-book plots – you may wish to book tickets at the same time as others from different households to ensure you can book plots beside each other.
Weekend non-camping tickets available. No single day non camping options are available this year.
The festival site will consist of 25 acres .
The site will include one general campsite.
One Main Festival arena in Karma Valley.
Social distancing measures will be in place throughout the site, from entry search to campsites, festival arenas, toilets and food vendors.
A multitude of sanitizing stations and water points to wash your hands will be available.
Minimum of 3 stages
Mimimum of 50 performances across 2 days
Line-up for each event will be different for the most part.
Line-up announcements for event 1 will be on Friday July 3
Line-up annoucnemenst for subsequent events will occur throughout July
All patrons, staff and performers will be expected to respect social distancing measures and adhere to the current 1m rule.
Areas around the site will be marked so that social distancing can be adhered to easily and safely.
Social distancing while inebriated is difficult.
In order to ensure that social distancing is maintained we must do everything within our power to ensure that patrons are capable of abiding by the measures in place.
As a result we are proposing that each patron is provided with a daily alcohol limit of 6- 8 drinks per person.
This means that all alcohol must be procured on site and no patrons may bring in a supply of their own alcohol.
We will not price gouge on drinks procured on site.
Each Patron will receive a daily allowance ticket upon entry, which can be exchanged with payment for daily drinks tokens.
If you have covid-symptoms on the day of the event – do not travel to the event.
Thermal temperature checking machines will be installed at the entry point.
If anyone has a temperature that can be considered abnormal or in line with fever – that patron and the person the travelled with will not be granted access to the site.
If a patrons starts to show symptoms of covid on site there will be medical isolation huts to go to and get checked over.
If it turns out a patron tests positive for covid-19 at the event, we will contact the person they are sharing a tent with and check them for symptoms.
Both Patrons will be asked to leave the site.
If a patrons condition means that they are too unwell to leave the site under their own power, our medical team can transport them home.
Medical personnel will be in attendance to deal with any and all medical issues as normal.
Toilet hygiene measures are incredibly important therefore we are proposing the following.
Please bring your own toilet paper.
There will be one queue for all toilet banks.
Patrons at the front of the queue will be directed to which toilet is free having been cleaned following previous use.
Once a toilet has been used, it will be sprayed with suitable sanitizer and allowed to sit for approx. 1minute before it can be used again.
This means that we can ensure that all toilets will be sanitized after all uses as long as patrons can respect the new queuing systems.
A spectacular wall of pulsating sonic eruptions lie in wait at Unlocked this summer as And So I Watch You From Afar return to Ballymully Cottage Farm.
One of the very best live rock acts from Northern Ireland, the instrumental four-piece continue to present raw yet polished, unrelenting performances.
Telling stories without words with an Epic, vibrant, vicious, hard hitting sound, ASIWYFA conjure a live performance that simply has to be experienced, weaving together a tapestry of sound that brings you on a journey that hits on all the right notes and touches upon every emotion.
What a couple of years it has been for Ryan McMullan, the soulful acoustic troubadour has seen his stock skyrocket courtesy of his terrific collection of songs and sold out gigs in Belfast, hot on the heels of touring with Ed Sheeran.
Ryan was the first person in history to sell out the Ulster Hall without having yet released a debut album and his star continued to rise courtesy of a headline slot at Custom House Square last summer, leading to a series of events at the Waterfront that sold out before the pandemic put the breaks on. Having closely watched Ryan’s progression from when he first came to play Stendhal in 2013, we are absolutely delighted to have for the very first time someone we discovered through our submissions process all those years ago, headline one of our events.
Ciaran Lavery’s growth as a performer over the past few years has been nothing short of resounding.
When he broke into the NI. Music Scene his ability as a singer and a songwriter was there for all to see as he quickly amassed an army of fans and critical acclaim that ultimately led to a win at the 2015 NI Music Prize
Streamed millions of times online, Ciaran’s growth in popularity was matched stride for stride in his growth as a performer and now Ciaran is not only one of our finest songwriting talents, he is one of our finest all round on-stage talents, bringing his shows to life with an energy and a bravado that can only be accomplished by the best of the best. Ciaran has been a mainstay at Stendhal over the years, from Woodtown, to the Woolly Woodland with Ryan Vail and ‘Sea Legs’ to the Main Stage and we simply couldn’t celebrate being unlocked without him on the bill.
Experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside is something of a regional anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft defies local comparison in striving towards an aesthetic as much as visual as it is sonic.
Balanced with a diverse palette of sounds, Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of the Irish folk song tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences, whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats to create a stormy world that shifts and swirls perspective like a lingering lucid dream. A 2017 NI Music Prize winner and a big favourite here at Stendhal, he is another act we simply couldn’t celebrate Unlocked without.
The Henry Girls produce a master class in harmony, effortlessly and expertly weaving together Irish roots and Americana influences into a rich tapestry of song that is distinctly their own.
Hailed as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands, Stendhal warmly welcomes Kíla back to Ballymully Cottage Farm.
The eight members will be downsized to five to ensure social distancing on stage, but while their numbers may be down, their passion and ability to absorb an audience won’t be diminished.
With their roots in traditional Irish music, Kíla features a strong percussive like singing and gorgeous melodies driven by a serious rhythmical undercurrent and are always a treat any time they perform at the farm.
Things just keep looking up for young Derry songstress ROE.
Having undertaken an absolutely mammoth schedule around the UK and Ireland in 2018 and 2019, her hard work has paid off in spades with shows at festivals such as Body and Soul and Electric Picnic.
Support slots for Snow Patrol followed, as did her largest ever Stendhal show in August of last year, which was featured heavily in the BBC documentary filmed at the event in 2019.
A huge welcome back to Ports.
The Derry four-piece have been on hiatus for the past few years so how fitting it is that their first performance since 2016 is at Unlocked.
Ports had amassed a passionate off the back of their emotionally literate rock stylings, highlighted spectacularly in their incredible album ‘The Devil is a Songbird’.
Over the last few years, Malojian has released 4 stunning solo albums, along the way collaborating with some musical legends, including Steve Albini, who earned his chops producing Nirvana, The Pixies etc.
His latest album features Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms For Peace, Roger Waters), Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub), Jon Thorne (Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Lamb) and more…But it’s Malojian’s own voice and songs that sets him apart from the crowd.
The first thing that grabs your attention about Amy Montgomery (apart from her Bohemian look) is her raw and beautiful voice honed from relentless busking throughout Ireland.
Her vocals seem to channel the spirit of Janis Joplin and Grace Slick whilst also acknowledging her all-time favourite Alanis Morissette.
This is equaled by a raucous live show that set Stendhal alight several times over the past few years. We simply had to have her back this year.
Cormac Neeson’s foray into a solo career has seen him drift away from his hard rocking days as the lead singer of The Answer to discover his own voice within the life affirming worlds of Country Soul, Celtic roots and laid back folk rock.
His Debut Album White Feather was incredibly well received and delivered his fantastic new sound by drawing heavily on his deeply personal experiences of upheaval and seismic change over the last number of years.
The Bonnevilles are shaking Northern Ireland in a way it hasn’t felt since Van Morrison & Them obliterated Club Rado in 1964 and Stiff Little Fingers blew apart The Trident in 1977!
The Bonnevilles don’t so much play punk blues as use it as a spring-board to create a completely new genre.
The Lurgan duo take Mississippi Hill Blues and Punk Rock and mix into their own unique dark Northern Irish Punk Blues stew.
This Irish Power Trio led by former Mama’s Boys and Celtus guitarist/violinist/Singer and songwriter Pat McManus, are a powerhouse of blues and rock blended with a traditional Irish flavor.
Four eccentrics, with a loose grip on social norms and reality – specialising in anthemic bangers, Hunkpapa are one of the most exciting acts currently on the NI circuit.
Through their music and performances they want to take you somewhere special, somewhere liberating and somewhere authentic – this is what they strive for everyday and if you’ve met any of them, that will all make perfect sense.
A Stendhal stalwart, Rosborough is a singer/songwriter from the Maiden City whose vocal style is in a league of its own.
A truly captivating artisan, Rosborough offers us an enchanting yet powerful vocal range with a raw and gritty vibrato, as well as an honest lyrical style reminiscent of Buckley and Cash in the 21st century.
One of the true heroes of the North West Music Scene, Paddy Nash is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ever evolving his musical projects in order to bring as much joy to as many people as possible, Paddy can punctuate sets with scathing political commentary as easily as he can create music that resonates with the innocence of a child.
Cathartic resolution and powerful storytelling cloaked in mellifluent harmonies.
With a variety of influences from rock to outlaw country, a bottomless passion for making great music and the talent to do so, No Oil Paintings have developed a sound very much their own – a raucous alternative guitar and banjo driven folk with an edge of darkness.
When you talk about Northern Irish acts building up some real momentum, you have to talk about the Roe Valley’s very own Lore.
Playing sell-out gigs seemingly wherever they have been this past year, Lore are now a regular feature on the Theatre Circuit and are set to embark upon their first European Tour dates this year.
Best described as a folk styled indie pop six-piece, Lore combine the stunning vocals of Carolanne Carlisle with expertly crafted arrangements of original and carefully re-arranged classic songs to produce a hauntingly beautiful live show.
Waldorf & Cannon are an alternative multi-instrumentalist tag-team from Derry & Donegal.
Live, Waldorf plays a Farmer Foot-drum Kit, Danelectro guitars, Hohner Harmonicas and sings.
Cannon plays a Danelectro 58 Longhorn bass and sings.
Together they create a unique alternative sound, akin to a 5 or 6 piece, heavily laden with stirring harmonies and catchy hooks often sharing and swapping lead vocals during a single song.
Influenced by acts such as Pixies, Nirvana, Devo, Fugazi, Link Wray, Little Walter and Beck, expect a unique take on alternative rock when they arrive at Unlocked this summer.
Blackbird and Crow hail from the farthest northern corner of Co Donegal, Ireland. The band are comprised of Maighread Ni Ghrasta (Vocals) and Stephen Doohan (Guitar/Bouzouki /Stomp) and are possibly best described musically as a Celtic folk blues outfit with a punk attitude.