Belfast hosts weekend of live music, drama and comedy

And So I Watch You From Afar perform at the Lough Down Drive-In Arts Festival at Catalyst, Queen’s Island, in Belfast later this month

LIVE music, comedy, drama and family fun return to Belfast this month as Lough Down Drive-In Arts Festival parks up at Catalyst, Queen’s Island.

Ciaran Lavery, Joshua Burnside, Ronnie Greer, And So I Watch You From Afar and Belfast Operatic are among musical acts confirmed for the September 26-27 festival. Providing the laughs are comedians Diona Doherty and Micky Bartlett, while Prime Cut Productions present My Left Nut in a two-part theatre showcase.

Young audiences are not forgotten, with the MayWee Ones mini-morning events including Mr Hullabaloo and the Frozen Princesses NI.

While lockdown and social distancing makes conventional gigs impossible, the Lough Down Festival is a creative alternative and much-needed opportunity for culture fans to safely engage with the arts.

Audiences will take part in the interactive event from the comfort and safety of their cars, parked in front of a performance set, with live action transmitted from the stage to LED screens and through a dedicated FM radio channel to their car radio.

“The Lough Down Drive-in Arts Festival is a wonderful opportunity for all of us as a community to celebrate the best of home grown talent and support our local artists and creative and technical teams. We are delighted to be doing our bit to keep our local arts alive,” says festival organiser, Sarah-Jane Montgomery from MayWee.

Tickets, starting from £15 are on sale via Test Drive Tickets priced at £10 per vehicle are available for community groups and those who may experience barriers to attending the arts – email for details.

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