FREE EVENTS

Open House Bangor Culture Day

Stir It Up!

Saturday 2nd August 2014

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

The Rabbit Rooms
30-32 Quay St. Bangor BT20 5ED

FREE ADMISSION

Doors 8.30pm // Over 18s // Late bar // Unreserved seating & standing

DJ Gareth McKinnie: 9.15
Vinyl DJ Craig Walker: 11pm-1am

Open House Festival is proud to bring you The Return of Stir It Up! Bangor’s very own vinyl DJ Craig Walker delves once more into his archives of punk, ska, mod, reggae, northern soul and puts them all together in one incendiary performance right here in his home town paying homage to those that have long since left the seafront wall.


 

The Sunday Club

Every Sunday in August
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

The Rabbit Rooms
30-32 Quay Street, Bangor BT20 5ED

FREE ADMISSION

3-9pm // All welcome // Unreserved seating // Food available // Craft beers

Featuring
Stephen Macartney & Rachel Coulter (Farriers) with a special weekly guest
No Oil Painting (laid back and groovy 4-piece bluegrass outfit on banjo, mandolin, guitars and lovely harmonies)
Vinyl DJ John ‘Stacks Of Wax’ Mackenzie playing his finest collection of Americana and folk, from Neil Young to Nick Drake


 

Lazy Sunday Sessions

Now on Sunday 31st August only

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

Wolseys
26 High Street, Bangor BT20 5AY

FREE ADMISSION

1-3pm // All ages & families welcome // Limited unreserved seating

Irish traditional music session hosted by award winning young musicians from the North Down School of Traditional Music and Ards CCE. Food available

 

The Willie Byrne Band

Friday 8th August 2014

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

Wolseys
26 High St Bangor, Co. Down BT20 5AY

FREE ADMISSION

9pm onwards // Over 18s // Late bar
Limited unreserved seating and standing

Local blues legend Willie Byrne started playing guitar at the age of 16 when his dad bought him an Antoria Les Paul copy and in the blink of an eye the young maestro had established a Thursday night residency at the Errigle in Belfast. Willie has been heavily influenced by Rory Gallagher, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore as well as that other amazing Belfast blues legend, Jim Armstrong – they were great times at the Pound. Welcome back to Wolseys, Willie.

 

Arms Of Venus De Milo

Friday 15th August 2014

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

Wolseys
26 High St Bangor, Co. Down BT20 5AY

FREE ADMISSION

9pm onwards // Over 18s // Late bar
Limited unreserved seating and standing

Another festival free Friday brought to you by the warm-hearted folks at Wolseys, Bangor’s longest and dedicated supporter of live music.Tonight, we will mostly be rockin’ - classic rock from the one of your favourites, the mighty Arms Of Venus De Milo.

 

Bangor Book Club
(formerly known as Fealtys book club)

Monday 18th August 2014

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

The Rabbit Rooms
30-32 Quay Street, Bangor, BT20 5ED

FREE ADMISSION

8pm // Over 18s // Everyone welcome // Nibbles served

This month’s book:
I know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (autobiography)

 

Bangor Culture Day

Saturday 23rd August 2014

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

Bangor Seafront and Town Centre

FREE ADMISSION

2–7pm // Everyone welcome

A day of culture, art, music, craft, dancing, street theatre, busking and more on Bangors seafront, Project 24, pubs and hotels.

A snapshot of Bangor’s creativity and a
glimpse of what our future as a seaside arts
and cultural destination could be.

Live bands
Street-art Busking
Open air tea dance
Open air stage
Record fair
Speciality streen market
Craft bazaar and Creative Emporium
Campervan Jam
Street entertainment

Venues artist and creative entrepreneurs who want to get involved please email:
arts@northdown.gov.uk NOW.

Supported by North Down Borough Council

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The HardChargers

Saturday 23rd August 2014

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

A bank holiday hoedown

The Windsor
26-28 Quay St, Bangor, BT20 5ED

FREE ADMISSION

9pm onwards // Over 18s // Late bar
Limited unreserved seating and standing

My kind of feckin’ band - Terri Hooley

The HardChargers do exactly what it says on the tin - deliciously irreverent dirty blues. It’s raunchy, exciting, provocative and honest, ranging from down-home washboard/resonator/double bass workouts, to a heady blend of twangy electric blues and roadhouse style rock. Yeah! A blistering three-piece, The HardChargers have performed at a stellar list of music and arts festivals all over the island of Ireland as well as appearing alongside cult US artists Bob Log III, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and just recently, The Waterboys.

A local combo with the joyous rumblethump beat, raw, syncopated and doused in the cranky old methods of Clarksdale -
Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio Ulster)

 

Black Market Icons
(formerly known as The Flange Band)

Friday 29th August 2014

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

Wolseys
26 High St Bangor, Co. Down BT20 5AY

FREE ADMISSION

9pm onwards // Over 18s // Late bar
Limited unreserved seating and standing

Black Market Icons have risen from the Rock & Soul phenomenon you all lovingly knew as The Flange Band.

They started as a four-piece cover band with nothing to lose. Now they have exploded into an electrifying eight piece mini-orchestra of sound and rhythm, whose musical agility knows no limits. They’ll hit you with a stream of sweet soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, punk, and Motown classics that have captivated audiences throughout the country.

So if you pass by a bar, and you hear that raw attitude amplifying those punchy-sweet beats, then you know… the Black Market Icons are in town!

Bluegrass Picnic
With I Draw Slow (festival finale)

Sunday 31st August 2014

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

Ward Park, Bangor (by the bandstand)

FREE ADMISSION

3-5pm
Families welcome

It’s heartbeat comes from high in the Appalachians, as the fiddle swings, the guitar strums and the voices snake around each other like star crossed lovers
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The release earlier this year of White Wave Chapel, the third album from this five-piece string band sees them further hone their increasingly confident and distinctive blend of American bluegrass and Irish sensibility into something special - a kind of greengrass, perhaps. Louise Holden is a singer of real character and charm and, along with brother (and guitarist) Dave, write a lot of the material. The songs are mostly rooted in the percussive sound of driving double bass, fiddle and claw-hammer banjo, but they can also display more subtle shades of mystery and melody. It is an assured sound, with a spine of American folk and bluegrass that makes a perfect fit for our festival finale: a free open air event in one of Bangor’s most beautiful and accessible locations, Ward Park.

Open House Events at the Curve

Bangor Carnegie Library
Hamilton Road BT20 4LH
Tel: 028 9127 0591
bangorcarnegie.library@librariesni.org.uk


Summer Sounds piano recital

Thursday 14 August
8–9pm Admission Free. Booking advisable


Summertime Rhythm and Rhyme

Friday 8th August 2014
9.30–10am // 0–4yr olds
Free but limited places.
Early booking advisable.
Young ‘uns will have fun and learn by mixing music and words through rhythm and rhyme.


Mythical Maze

Tuesday 19th August
2.30–3.30pm  // 4-8 year olds
Limited places. Early booking advisable.
Storytime and Craft session exploring myths and legends from around the world in conjunction with Libraries NI Summer Reading Challenge.

Limited edition festival prints

Jessica Hollywood, of Birds&Words, is a local artist/printmaker, specialising in screen printing and letterpress. She is currently resident in the Pink Pod at Bangor's Project 24 on Queen’s Parade, and is a member of Seacourt Print Workshop. To mark the return of Open House Festival to Bangor, Jessica has produced a set of limited edition, screen printed posters. Each one has been hand pulled, using a four-colour process, and is numbered and embossed with the Birds&Words logo.

The 2014 festival artwork, designed by Tim Farrell, incorporates a one hundred year old image from a postcard of the Ladies Bathing Place, just past Pickie. The limited edition prints are 40 x 50cm in size, packaged in a branded cardboard tube and available for only £20 each from: the Pink Pod, Open House Festival pod, birdsandwords.co.uk and at most festival gigs.

Wallhangers, based halfway up (or down) High St. in Bangor is our official framer, having framed all our festival posters, limited prints and photographs for the last ten years. Ian Matchett, master craftsman, and owner of the business will mount and beautifully frame your print for a mere £35 (as per photo). Drop in or call Ian on 028 9145 0944

Watch out for more about the making of these special prints at  wordsfrombirds.blogspot.co.uk

My Mind’s Eye photographic exhibition by David J Campbell

2nd - 28th August

OPEN HOUSE BANGOR FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2014

Carnegie Library, Bangor

FREE ADMISSION

During library opening hours in the Curve gallery, Bangor Carnegie Library

David J Campbell is a locally based amateur photographer with a passion for beautiful images, particularly landscape photography. Over the past six years he has documented Bangor and the surrounding area through his work, with many images published in local and online press and receiving awards in competitions.


 

Bangor Camera Club

2nd - 28th August

Bangor Festival - August 2014

Bangor Aurora
1 Valentine Road, Bangor, BT20 4UT

FREE ADMISSION

During normal opening hours