Tuning up for the Atlantic Sessions

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THE fifth season of Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast gets underway this Thursday.

The four day festival takes place until Sunday in bars, bistros and hotels throughout Portrush and Portstewart, with satellite events in Portballintrae, Castlerock and at The Listening Post in Coleraine.

This year’s festival will also feature some afternoon ‘Café Acoustics’ at local coffee shops: Ground in Portrush and Roughan’s, Portstewart. Coleraine Borough Council is proud to support this event which has become a permanent feature on the cultural calendar and is a go-to event for musicians and music lovers.

With more than 40 free live music gigs, the festival will showcase a mix of acoustic, traditional, electric and contemporary original music.

Look out for festival favourites such as The Murder Balladeers, Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, Malojian, Silhouette and Farmer and the Gun.

Many fantastic acts are returning this year to take centre stage together with a range of well known local artists.

New to the 2012 programme are some of the best up and coming talented artistes from throughout the Province, including The Emerald Armada, The Farriers, Katie and the Carnival, Rachel Austin, Seven Summits.

Programmes detailing all the gig listings are now available throughout the local area; alternatively contact Coleraine Tourist Information Centre, visit www.atlanticsessions.com or find details on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticsessions.

Coleraine Borough Council wishes to thank the Listening Post, the Anchor Complex and all the participating venues for their ongoing support for the event.