GLOBAL stars Snow Patrol, Elijah Wood of DJ Wooden Wisdom, Foy Vance and Iain Archer, performed last night at Bushmills Live, the landmark festival of handcrafted whiskey and music which took place at the Old Bushmills Distillery.
The two-day festival was attended by more than 400 music and whiskey fans from around the world, including people from countries as far apart as the USA, Bulgaria and Russia.
Stars such as Gary Lightbody, more used to playing in front of sell out arenas, performed intimate gigs in age-old buildings at the Old Bushmills Distillery, where the art of whiskey making has been practiced for generations.
Master Distiller at the Old Bushmills Distillery, Colum Egan, said: “This was an incredible occasion for Bushmills Irish Whiskey and for everyone here.
“Last night, we welcomed artists that are both known and loved around the world. Their music like our whiskey, represents the very best in craftsmanship.
“It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying their music and of course sharing a glass of Bushmills.”
Snow Patrol’s Jonny Quinn said: “Last night was pretty special for us as a band. We have played many gigs at home before, but this one, in a whiskey distillery was unique.”
Snow Patrol’s performance at ‘Bushmills Live’ will go some way to help establish a legacy for new music in Northern Ireland with their fee being donated in full to the Oh
Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, which was co-founded by lead singer Gary Lightbody to help to support up-and-coming local musicians.
For further photographs and highlights from Bushmills Live go to facebook.com/bushmills1608