Open House Festival

Aug 01 2018 - Aug 31 2018
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Queen's Parade, Bangor, County Down,
T: (028) 9147 1780

Open House Festival Bangor – 142 events in 39 venues over the 31 days of August in Bangor by the Sea

Open House Festival Bangor is a vibrant music and arts festival that runs throughout the month of August in the picturesque seaside town of Bangor, County Down.

The festival aims to regenerate Bangor through arts and culture, and it has firmly established the town as one of Northern Ireland’s go-to destinations – especially during August. Just a 24-minute train journey from Belfast, the festival is celebrating its 6th year in Bangor this summer with more than 140 free and ticketed events in 39 local venues and locations.

The eclectic programme incorporates music, film, theatre, food & drink, books, local history, talks & tours, comedy, visual art and crafting – in venues such as boats, band stands, pubs, parks, cafes, clubs, gardens and even an island.

This year’s visiting acts and artists include: the ever-popular Waterboys; American/Icelandic singer-songwriter John Grant; Helen Pankhurst - great-granddaughter of leading suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst; author and war reporter Martin Bell; Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan; and punk legends Public Image Ltd (PiL), who will be playing their first ever Northern Irish gig.