Festival Staff

Kieran Gilmore
Alison Gordon
Lesley Richardson
Sarah Kiely

Open House Festival Staff

Festival Team

Janet Hughes – volunteer coordinator
Carla Murtagh – marketing 
Sharon Matchett – events
Charlene Hegarty – artist liaison
Andy Thomas – film production
Janine Boyd – photography

Management Board

Stephen Dunlop
Nick Garbutt
David Lennon
Craig Walker
Stephen Roycroft
Janette Sheerman
Kathryn Thomson

Programme Advisory Panel

Colin Bateman
Rachel Coulter
Craig Walker

Festival Ambassadors

Harry Pettis
Clare Hamilton
Ros Nevin 

Programme Artwork

Darragh Neely Design

Open House Festival is a member of

Arts and Business, Audiences NI, NICVA, Bangor Chamber of Commerce, North Down Community Network

Open House Festival is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation. Company Reg No: NI42872 Charity No: NIC103648

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: boxoffice@openhousefestival.com
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.

You can contact us at info@openhousefestival.com


About Open House Festival

Volunteers wanted

Without volunteer support, Open House Festival events wouldn't happen - that's fact. So if you fancy getting waist deep in some of the best music and arts coming to the country, and face to face with the best volunteer team you could meet, click here for more info about how to apply.


Open House Festival Funders