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Boomtown Rats announced as headliners at Holywood's Harmony Live music fest

The Boomtown Rats will headline at Harmony Live 2018 in Holywood this June

THE annual Holywood Harmony Festival has had a rebrand for 2018 to become Harmony Live.

Taking place from Friday June 1 to Sunday June 3, this year the Co Down music event will be headlined by Reef, The Boomtown Rats and Ryan McMullan.

They'll all be playing in the new Festival Marquee at Holywood Rugby Club, with smaller satellite events also taking place at venues throughout the town over the weekend.

Nineties rockers Reef will top the Harmony bill on the opening night, supported by (brace yourselves) Toploader, with Sir Bob's rabble-rousers headlining on the Saturday evening and talented Portaferry singer/songwriter Ryan McMullan bringing the festival to a close on Sunday night.

Harmony Live organiser Mari Jackson says: "We’re delighted to be bringing bigger names year on year to Holywood. The festival has grown substantially over the last few years due to the sheer dedication and hard work of our committee.

"We've local acts being added to the bills and other events planned around the weekend, it’s definitely going to be one not to miss."

Indeed, Sunday's Festival Marquee bill already features an all-local line-up including Rebekah Fitch, Michael Kerr and Joshua Burnside, with a rare live performance from top local swamp-blues terrorist duo The Tragedy of Dr Hannigan confirmed as support to the Rats on Saturday and Belfast/London pop/rock pair Rews backing up Reef and Toploader on Friday.

:: Tickets and full festival info available via FB.com/HolywoodHarmonyFestival

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