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Issue 105 - Festival Heights

Whisky Magazine Issue 105
July 2012


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Festival Heights

Bushmills Distillery held its first music festival, we report

Music and whisky are often happy bedfellows, but what makes this mix even more enriching is when a distillery backs its local artists. So when Bushmills unveiled the line up for its first music festival those who eventually won tickets were in for a huge treat.

Topping the bill were the mighty Snow Patrol, stalwarts and ambassadors of the Northern Irish music scene. The chance to see this band play in such a small space was worth entering the competition. True to their roots, Snow Patrol's performance at ‘Bushmills Live' also went 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.

But the musical feast did not stop there.

As well Hollywood actor Elijah Wood dj-ing in between sets, two outstanding singer songwriters appeared during the day: Foy Vance and Iain Archer. Foy opened the festival and set the bar for the day with an impressive performance. Half way through the day Iain took to the stage and raised the bar; laying down the challenge for Snow Patrol to take on and end the festival with.

Music lovers were also treated to some of the very best emerging talent from the United Kingdom, Ireland and America playing at the whiskey distillery.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Marcus Foster, The Staves, General Fiasco and David C Clements joined the line up.

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