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Armagh's iconic 7 Hills Blues Fest returns for eighth year

John Hooks

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John Hooks

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ARMAGH’S iconic 7 Hills Blues Fest returns to Armagh for an eighth year this summer, bringing world-class talent to more than 20 venues and locations across the celebrated Cathedral City.

Firmly established as one of the great blues and roots music events in the UK and Ireland and set to be the jewel in the crown of a series of wonderful summer events across the region, this year’s line-up promises another unmissable weekend of music and entertainment for all ages.

Taking place from August 9th – 12th and with 50 acts, groups and musicians performing over the course of the four days, there will be something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age or musical taste.

One of the highlights will be The Don Baker and Rob Strong Band, two of Ireland’s best ever blues and soul musicians who have collaborated to record a brand new album and tour many of Ireland’s finest venues in 2018.

Cllr Julie Flaherty, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, said;

“Our renowned 7 Hills Blues Fest continues to grow in scope and scale and we are so excited to welcome the thousands of music fans, visitors, locals and families to Armagh this August for what promises to be another unforgettable festival experience.

“With so many different acts from all over the world coming to the city, this is the perfect opportunity to get a true flavour of the welcome, food heritage, hospitality and limitless offer of how to truly enjoy this historic, scenic and friendly corner of Northern Ireland.”

The packed programme will complement a range of fringe events throughout the weekend designed to suit everyone. Whether visiting the city to shop, eat, drink or to see the sights, those bluesy tones won’t be far away.

Whether a screening of the legendary Blues Brothers movie at the Abbey Lane Theatre or a music workshop for budding blues stars, there will be no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in the vibrancy of the city’s electric atmosphere.

New for 2018 is a 90-minute Food & Drink guided tour on the Saturday afternoon through the atmospheric streets of Armagh at the height of the festival. After walking up an appetite, enjoy a ‘Simply Blues’ platter at the Charlemont Arms Hotel before enjoying the live music at Turner’s Bar.

So put the dates in the diary and enjoy some blistering summer blues: best served chilled!! For more information go to www.visitarmagh.com/7hills

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