It's almost August, and that means one thing for Bangor, it's time for the month long Open House Festival.
Check out our top 7 great things to do during the first 7 days of the festival.
CREATING A CREATIVE TOWN
The Court House
Tuesday 1st August (tours of Court House from 5pm, meeting at 7.30pm)
What are your ideas for Bangor’s future?
This year’s Festival starts with an ideas forum – a free public event that invites you to share your most original ideas with a panel of influencers. Are you a creative thinker? Do you represent a group, a sector or a community? Or do you just care about Bangor’s future? Bring your ideas to our panel – leave your negativity at the door – and lets unleash Bangor’s creative potential.
Studio 1A Theatre
Wednesday 2nd August – start 8pm
The author of 15 novels and a collection of short stories, John Boyne is best known for his much-loved global bestseller, The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas. John has won three Irish Book Awards and several international accolades. His latest novel, The Heart’s Invisible Fury, was published in February of this year to critical acclaim. John will be chatting to Marie-Louise Muir, presenter of BBC NI’s The Arts Show, about his work and his writing life.
ME & KATE BUSH
Marine Court Hotel
Friday 4th August – show 8.30pm
This live music spectacular dedicated to Kate Bush debuted last year to critical acclaim. Me & Kate Bush takes the audience on a journey through more than three decades of the star’s imaginative brilliance, including songs such as The man with the Child in His eyes, Babooshka and Running Up That Hill.
Studio 1A Theatre
Friday 4th August – start 8pm
Open House Festival is joining forces with Belfast’s No Alibis bookshop to bring you the Northern Irish launch of Bernard MacLaverty’s new novel, Midwinter Break. This is the first novel for 16 years from the author of Cal, Grace Notes and Lamb, and is already tipped as a masterpiece! Bernard will be reading from the book and chatting to arts manager and publisher, Hugh Odling Smee about the book and his writing life.
THE 19TH STREET BAND
The Goat’s Toe
Saturday 5th August, start 10pm
Originally from Holywood, Caolaidhe Davis, moved to the States 11 years ago, where he met his wife, Meghan. Together they formed The 19th Street Band – and with their high energy and strong vocal harmonies, the pair have been compared to Johnny Cash and June Carter. Catch them at their FREE homecoming concert.
VINTAGE CAR BOOT SALE
McKee Clock Arena
Sunday 6th August 12-3pm
A boot sale with a difference! We’ll be pairing classic cars, vans and motorbikes with vintage traders selling clothes, accessories, records and collectables, on the first Sunday of every August.
SUNDAY SESSIONS: THE CLAY PIGEONS & DJ JOHN MACKENZIE
Sunday 6th August 4-8 pm
It wouldn’t be Open House without the famous Sunday Sessions at the Rabbit Rooms! Remember No Oil Paintings from two years ago? The guys who partied hard, played beautifully and kept the Festival flame burning throughout the month of August? Well, they’re back with a new name – The Clay Pigeons – but the same traditional Appalachian tunes and banjo-heavy re-workings of your favourite anthems. John Mackenzie, one of Bangor’s favourite DJs, will be picking up the baton afterwards, keeping you on your feet with a top set of vinyl classics.