Atlantic Sessions music festival returns to Protrush and Portstewart

The award-winning Atlantic Sessions music festival returns to Portstewart and Portrush next month. The much-loved event runs from Friday November 18 to Sunday November 20, 2022 with a program of over 30 live concerts taking place across the two beach towns.

Audiences can look forward to two days of unmissable performances across a wide variety of venues with new additions to the musical track including the newly refurbished Portrush Playhouse, The Station and Elephant Rock.

Programmed by Snow Water on behalf of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, this year’s festival will feature some of Atlantic Sessions favorites who have already sold out shows. Famous PORTS, The Bonnevilles, No Oil Paintings and singer-songwriters such as Ciaran Lavery, Matt McGinn and ROE will perform all of their 2022 albums and create new releases, some of which will be showcased at the popular “Sunday Session ” with Ralph McLean. A host of artists, brand new to the festival, will make their debut on the free music trail, including some wonderful local talent. Also look for five of the artists nominated for the 2022 Music Prize, plus new singles, EPs and album releases.

Ports should be one of the highlights of the festival

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councilor Ivor Wallace, said: “We held our last ‘in-person’ Atlantic sessions in 2019, which were our most successful to date. During Covid our focus shifted online and the virtual event was promoted internationally as part of Tourism Ireland’s ‘Fill Your Heart with Ireland’ campaign. With over 5 million followers on social media, it was a unique opportunity to showcase not only the best talent in the music scene, but also our magnificent destination.

“This year, like many music fans, I am delighted to see it return to its original format, helping us extend the season beyond the normal holiday periods and attracting increased attendance. We are grateful for the support from our venue owners, and visitors can look forward to the warmest of welcomes to Portrush and Portstewart once again.

“As we have seen in previous years, the fantastic variety of free music, at two of our most beautiful coastal locations, is a winning combination for everyone. We are very proud of the continued reputation of Atlantic Session as a place to celebrate emerging talent as well as established artists, and we look forward to another very successful weekend on the Causeway Coast.

Tickets are on sale now for all three flagship events and a limited number of festival passes are available here.

All other Music Trail concerts are free and no reservation is required.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council works with hotel partners and Taste Causeway to ensure visitors can access a range of special accommodation and gastronomic offers to enhance their stay. Keep an eye on @atlanticsess for the latest updates. For more visitor information, click here or follow @VisitCauseway on Twitter.

Highlights include:

Ports – toured extensively following the release of their album ‘The Devil is a Songbird’, receiving support from BBC radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Foyle and RTE with performances on the Cerys Matthews show (Radio 6) and Other Voices (RTE). This earned them a strong following. They have over 3 million Spotify plays and 45,000 monthly listeners. They return with a deeper mature sound, lyrically heightened and re-establishing themselves as one of the most interesting and exciting bands in the country. Ports, were actually one of the first bands to take a young artist from Bray on tour with them. Stephen said: ‘I had heard his stuff, I don’t know where we met him. He released a demo that I heard and I had a really good feeling about it. We were working with MCD at the time and I reached out to them and said, “Who’s that guy from Hozier?” They told us one of their guys at MCD was running it. I said ‘We’re going on a tour of Ireland, we’d like him to come and play some gigs with us.’ So it worked, he came to our Belfast show and our Derry show. He’s a really nice guy.

Ceithre Cinn – A unique performance celebrating wonderful artists collectively and individually. Ciaran Lavery is the winner of the NI Music Prize for Best Album. Suzanne Savage is a virtuoso singer, songwriter and first caller for Paul Brady, the RTE Concert Orchestra and many others. Finnian is one of Ireland’s fastest rising musical stars. Matt McGinn is an award-winning and prolific songwriter from the Morne Mountains. Together they form Ceithre Cinn. Their collective debut album was called “True Love” and was written by all four members and recorded live moments later. The song became one of the most played songs on BBC Radio Ulster and RTE Radio 1 that year, having been playlisted on both.

DEER – ROE’s 2020 EP “Things We Don’t Talk About” saw ROE cross 1 million streams on Spotify and was the culmination of 4 years of relentless writing, releasing and touring as an artist completely independent. At 18, she was given a coveted spot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2017, which took her to perform across Europe, North America, India and beyond. support local legends Snow Patrol on their 2018/19 UK Arena tour. Winner of Best Emerging Artist-Northern Ireland Music Prize, 2018 and recipient of the PRS Foundation Momentum Fund, 2020, ROE’s music has been used in a television and radio campaign for BBC Music NI, on the show ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’, Channel 4’s ‘Made in Chelsea’ and Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’. ROE released their debut album “It’s When Panic Sets In” in 2022.

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