It’s the time of year again that the organisers of Irish festivals are rewarded for their efforts and hard work during the past 12 months.
The Irish Festival awards look back at the very best of the musical world over here in the past 12 months, with awards for Best Large, Medium and Small Festival, Best New Festival, Best One-day Festival, Best Line-up and Best Family Festival.
While Electric Picnic was the big winner overall, claiming the gong for Best Large Festival (of those with over 30,000 attendees), on top of Best Line-up – it’s difficult to top Blur and Florence + the Machine in all fairness – as well as most Family Friendly, Northern Ireland’s Stendhal Festival of Art completed a hat-trick of its own as it won Best Small Festival (under 5,000 attendees) for the third year in succession.
This year’s event, which took place on August 7th and 8th at Ballymully Cottage Farm in Limavady saw acts including Kerbdog, Kila, DJ Format and 2014 Northern Irish Album of the Year winner Robyn G Shiels take to the stage, as well as headliners in the form of Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Donovan.
The award takes the event’s haul to five gongs in the past three years – and cements its reputation as one of the places to be across the Emerald Isle each summer.
Ross Parkhill, event director at Stendhall said: “To win an award naming your event as the best of its type in the whole of Ireland once is a phenomenal achievement, but to hold that title for three years running is beyond anything we could have hoped for when we started out. To everyone who voted for us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts”
“The 2015 edition of the event was by far the largest production we have undertaken, it took a massive contribution from our amazing team of volunteers to make it a successful event and I hope that everyone involved is as proud as I am of what we have accomplished, because without our team the event simply wouldn’t happen. They are the reason we are winning awards and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have contributed to Stendhal’s continued success.”
As the festival continues to go from strength to strength, promoting the very best of the arts from across all of Ireland, organisers and attendees can look forward to this year’s event with renewed vigour as the event continues to prove itself as one of the very best around as it flies the flag for Northern Ireland.
Preparations are already underway for the 2016 staging of the event, and the organisers will be going all out to put together a festival that can bag them the award again at this time next year.
“The show is on the road for August”, said Parkhill. “Our focus on showcasing the finest musical talent while introducing the arts to the region is as strong as ever and we believe that the quality, variety, value for money and atmosphere of the event can help us continue to grow and add to what has become a truly special annual occurrence.
“We are looking forward to making some announcements in the coming weeks and months which will make for another exciting and unmissable weekend in August.”
Early bird tickets will be available soon, so keep an eye on GiggingNI.com for updates as we keep you in the know as announcements are made.