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Open House is a registered not–for–profit charity that organises an annual music & arts festival in Bangor, N.Ireland as well as hosting a year-round programme of special events and one-off concerts in Belfast

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Open House is recruiting! We've two brand new posts, Court House Director and Finance Manager, who will work closely with the Open House team, and will be critical to the success of our new music and arts venue in the former Court House on the town centre seafront at Bangor County Down.This beautiful listed building is being restored and transformed to become a small but busy venue with several performance spaces. It will host a year round programme of music, comedy, art, film, theatre, spoken word, plus food & drink events that will develop the cultural life of the town and help drive the regeneration of our seafront.Interested?For more details on Court House Director, visit www.communityni.org/job/court-house-directorFor more details on Finance Manager, visit www.communityni.org/job/finance-manager-48If you would like to discuss either of these roles in confidence or have any other questions, please email Alison at alison@openhousefestival.comThanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland for making these posts possible. ... See MoreSee Less
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Some of Northern Ireland’s best comedians are on the Festival line-up in the Walled Garden this August.We’ve been able to add one extra show for Paddy Raff on the afternoon of Sunday 28th who will be doing his brand new show ‘Look Who’s Raffing’ which features everyone’s favourite snob, his alter-ego Nigel.We have very few tickets left for Lurgan man Micky Bartlett who will join us on Friday 12th August and Festival regular, Nuala McKeever, will be with us on the afternoon of Sunday 14th August with a brand new show.All tickets available from openhousefestival.com ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Singer/songwriter Beth Orton, along with her full band, is joining us as part of the August Festival in Bangor Castle Walled Garden on Sunday 21st August. Her style combines the passionate beauty of the acoustic folk tradition with the electronic beats – a sound that has been coined as “folktronica”.This is a fully-seated intimate show with limited tickets available. They are priced £30 including all fees and charges – what you see is what you pay – and are on sale from our openhousefestival.comBorn in Norwich, England, Orton developed a devoted audience with the release of the BRIT Award-winning album Central Reservation in 1999 and the UK top 10 album, Daybreaker.Throughout her career she has worked alongside a broad spectrum of artists including The Chemical Brothers, British guitarist Bert Jansch and her good friend, the late Andrew Weatherall. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Having first announced this show in January 2020 – over two years ago! – The Lovely Eggs eventually join us at the Ulster Sports Club Belfast this Thursday 28th April. Tickets are £14 including all booking fees and charges.Creating the sonic illusion of a band twice their size, husband and wife duo The Lovely Eggs have become known for their ferocious yet joyous live performances and overall strangeness. Iggy Pop is their biggest fan – he lent his vocals to their 2021 track “I, Moron”.Support on the night will be from Dublin based indie singer-songwriter Aoife Wolf. Remaining tickets are available from our website openhousepresents.com ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Island Picnic is back! Board our passenger boat at Pickie Pier, Bangor for 40 minute trip to the beautiful Copeland Island on Sunday 7th August, where you can enjoy your picnic with live music on the front lawn of the home of Uncle Ronnie Brown. Please note, numbers are extremely limited and early booking is advised. More info and departure times are available from openhousefestival.com/island-picnic-2/And some more good news, we’ve been able to add an additional Folk On A Boat trip on Thursday 25th August. openhousefestival.com/foab/Tickets for both trips will go on sale 10am tomorrow Thursday 14th April. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Walled Garden update... All tickets for Shane Todd & Paul Brady are now completely gone. Tickets for all other Festival events are available from openhousefestival.com ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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That's a record – all 12 x trips gone in 4 hours. Plenty of tickets left for other Festival events at openhousefestival.com/ ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Open House Festival wouldn’t be complete without one of our favourite and most popular events – Folk on a Boat.Under the skippership of Brian Meharg, and music by local folk-singer, historian and raconteur, David Lennon and his special guests, the Ocean Crest will depart from Pickie Pier on twelve trips around Bangor Bay throughout the month.Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday 8th April at 10am but information regarding dates and times available now from openhousefestival.com/foab/ ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Ticket alert: first Paddy Raff show sold-out in less than a day but great news - we've managed to add a matinee show on Bank Holiday Sunday 28th August, but half the tickets are sold already.Tickets for our other comedians, Shane Todd & Micky Bartlett are also selling fast. All available from our website openhousefestival.com ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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How fitting that tonight we celebrate Gavin Martin’slife on the day that we launch our Festival. Gavin would have been tickled that it is April Fools Day. Everyone is welcome to join us tonight in The Imperial Bar, Bangor (upstairs), 8pm onwards. Bring a story and if you have it, bring some vinyl. See you there. Kieran & Alison ... See MoreSee Less
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