Macosquin’s ‘Big Marquee Weekend’

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Macosquin is preparing itself for an influx of music fans for the inaugural Big Marquee Weekend featuring top live acts from across Northern Ireland.

The three-day festival, which runs from 21-23 August, will take place in a professionally-erected marquee - complete with its own stage and fully-equipped bar – sited in the car park of Mary Pat’s Bar.

The entertainment kicks off on the Friday with a clubland night headlined with DJ sets from Ultra Beat and Micky Modelle, plus local support.

Saturday’s highlight will be a Rock v Britpop battle with Bon Jovi tribute act Con Jovi taking on Oasis look and sound-alikes, Roll With It. Coleraine band Cellar Door and acoustic solo artist Adam Buick are also on the bill, with DJs Steady and Trigger playing rock and Britpop tunes to keep the party going.

And the weekend is sure to end on a high on Sunday with a country music spectacular starring singer-songwriter Ritchie Remo, popular two-piece JD Country and – in a real coup for the promoters - Ireland’s best known Garth Brooks tribute act, Jason Hughes.

A country DJ will also be there to entertain between performances.

Drew Hutchinson, who is organising the event with Robert Todd and the bar’s proprietor Hughie Hamilton, said Macosquinis already full of anticipation at the prospect of welcoming so many visitors to the village.

“The sight of customers swaying in Mary Pat’s is not unusual on an average weekend evening,” he said.

“But the image of many hundreds of people in the car park gyrating to the beat of high quality live music will be a new one. More seriously, I am thrilled at the line-up we have managed to put together over the three days of the festival.

“There really is something in there for all musical tastes and, having spoken to all of the artists, I know that they are looking forward to putting on a great show.

“I’m not aware of an event like this being staged in the Triangle area before. Tickets are selling very well with enquiries coming from both sides of the border and also from across the water after we posted the details on social media.

“With only a few weeks to go, I would encourage anyone interested in coming along to buy their tickets now because I am confident we will sell out.”

Day tickets are priced at £10 for Friday and £12 for Saturday and Sunday. A two-ticket is also available priced at £20.

Tickets can be purchased from Mary Pat’s Bar, Romaya Hair Sanctuary in Coleraine or by calling Tel: 028 7034 4659.