Open House Festival

Open House Festival is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation that's been organically grown and tenderly looked after by local people, Kieran Gilmore & Alison Gordon, since 1999. Registered in Northern Ireland as a company limited by guarantee (NI 42872), Open House Festival Ltd is a registered charity, number NIC103648.

Open House Festival is a member of The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), Volunteer Now, Arts and Business and Audiences NI.

Festival Staff

Kieran Gilmore – festival director
Alison Gordon – festival manager
Lesley Richardson – PR & programme development
Sarah Kiely – box office & admin manager

Open House Festival Staff

Festival Team

Scott Jamison – marketing
Ness Haynes – marketing
Aaron Gordon – events
Sharon Matchett – events
Charlene Hegarty – artists
John McGurgan – music production
Andy Thomas – film production
Hodgy – programme distribution
Janine Boyd – photography
Ross McConaghy – video

Management Board

Craig Walker - Chair
Stephen Dunlop
Stephen Roycroft
Sara Gunn-Smith
Louise McElvanna
Colin Bateman
Rachel McCarthy
Kathryn Thomson
Janette Sheerman

Advance online booking

Due to the ever rising costs in materials for hard-copy ticket production as well as an increase in general handling & bank charges, Open House only sell advance tickets online via our easy-to-use box office. This keeps the costs down and is more environmentally friendly. Unless a concert is sold out in advance, there will be tickets available on the door.

 Sorry - we can only offer refunds if an event is cancelled.

 If you have any difficulty accessing tickets please contact us:

By telephone: +(028) 9147 1780
By email:
By post: The Fountain Centre, 2 Queen’s Parade

Bangor, BT20 3BJ

Disabled access

Most of our venues are wheelchair accessible, but not all. Please let us know in advance if you are a wheelchair user or if a disability means that you require seating at a standing event, so that we can make arrangements. We operate a Buddy scheme for disabled customers who need a carer to help them access our events. Contact us for further details.

Childrens Policy

Please note children are not allowed onto licensed premises after 8pm.

Seating at events

Unless advertised, none of our venues have fixed, numbered seating, so actual seats cannot be booked in advance. Any seating is on a first come first served basis. Some events are fully seated, some are partially seated and some are mostly standing. Please check individual events or with our box office before you book.

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About Open House Festival

Volunteers wanted

Without volunteer support, Open House Festival events wouldn’t happen – that’s a fact.

So if you fancy getting involved in with the best volunteer team about, contact


Open House Festival Funders