The full line-up has been announced for the ‘Bushmills Live 2014’ festival which will take place on June 12 at the Old Bushmills Distillery on Ireland’s spectacular north coast, where the art of distilling whiskey has been perfected over centuries.
A host of up-and-coming acts from Ireland, UK and America will join headliners THE 1975, along with Gary Lightbody’s supergroup Tired Pony at the world’s only festival of handcrafted whiskey and music in an Irish Whiskey Distillery.
Joining the line-up is English singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh who was nominated for the BBC’s “Sound of 2014”. Luke’s mentor is friend of Bushmills Live and Tired Pony member Iain Archer. Luke said: “Iain and I shared the occasional Bushmills while making my debut album and he’s always talked about the unique atmosphere at Bushmills Live. I’m very excited to experience it for myself!”
The winner of last year’s Bushmills Live Legacy Fund - an initiative set-up to help artists’ career progression – David C. Clements is returning to play the main stage having toured with Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran recently. The winner of this year’s Legacy Fund, home-grown Belfast band Levity Breaks, will also perform. Two other acclaimed artists – Matthew and the Atlas and Rubblebucket - complete the line-up.
Thousands of whiskey and music fans entered an online competition at facebook.com/bushmills to win tickets to ‘Bushmills Live 2014’ and the 700 lucky festival-goers are set to enjoy the perfect mix of handcrafted whiskey and music in the unique surroundings of the distillery.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey Master Distiller Colum Egan said: “It’s fantastic to have such a rich and varied array of talent coming to play at the distillery - from Brooklyn to Belfast and beyond. Excellent whiskey, enjoyed responsibly, and great melodies are best enjoyed among friends and, with that in mind, we decided that this year’s festival would be curated by the artists themselves. Many of the acts performing already enjoy close bonds and are sure to strike up new ones on what promises to be a brilliant day of music. I can’t wait!”