Focus on local at The Focal Festival

Focal Festival comes to Crescent Gardens, Belfast on Friday June 30th and Saturday July 1st, will feature acts such as Discobeard, Travis Is A Tourist, The Russian Dolls, Carl Q and Tuskany.


2 days of events


Musicians Ross Maguire and Gareth McGreevy make up Discobeard, from Newcastle, Co Down. Best known for their unique take on pop classics these guys are set to get the post work crowds jumping on Friday evening from 6pm.

Belfast band The Russian Dolls are without doubt becoming one of the most sought after session bands around, so, when the individual members aren’t working and touring with some of Ireland’s world renowned artists, you’ll find them together at festivals like Focal. They’ll play after Discobeard from 8:30pm onwards.

After you’ve enjoyed these unique covers, Belfast DJ Paul Short will be taking to the stage with his mix of 80’s disco merged with modern house.


Will kick off with a fantastic Beer Pong competition run by the National Beer Pong Association. It’ll be £5 per person to enter, if you can stand the heat you’ll be in with a chance of winning, a huge hamper of booze worth well over £100.

On Saturday Focal Festival is showcasing the best in original talent in Belfast, each act will be playing their own scores. A chance to catch an emerging Foy Vance or Two Door Cinema Club live!

Brass heavy musical sensation Fat Lip, whose members have played and recorded with the likes of The Pogues, Bad Manners, Brian May and local talent David Lyttle to name but a few, will be there to give you the best of what is hot – from Hard-hitting Brass and steaming hot funk to the hardest grooving Blues and Jazz. Get your dancing shoes on and don’t miss your chance to experience the hardest working band in Ireland! Catch them from 6- 7:30pm

Cari Q, Texan born, Belfast based. Indie rock singer songwriter will be there covering Mowtown, classic rock and jazz through an array of instruments. Propelled in the US through Season 11 of American Idol, Cari came to Europe to focus on projects she believes in, this has led to various European shows and a UK & Ireland Tour.
7:30 – 8:30pm

Journey man Travis Gilbert is the one and only member of Travis Is A Tourist, already popular with Northern Ireland millennials his fictional fantasies and epic journey is something of a mystery. See Travis from 8:45 – 9:30

Belfast based indie/pop act Tuskany have influences of funk, soul and pop in their music. Their sets include lots of punchy riffs and melodic synth lines. Don’t miss them from 9:45– 10:30pm

DJ Paul Short will again take over closing the Festival displaying his unique blends of disco and house.

  • Friday: £10
  • Saturday: £15
  • Full weekend: £20

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Focal Festival poster
Focal Festival poster

Post Author: Belfast Times

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