BALLYMENA is the town that keeps on giving with the announcement that the first ever music event, Midtown Sounds, is being held in the town centre on Saturday 24th February.
Midtown Sounds will celebrate the best musical talent in Northern Ireland with a range of live performances planned at various shops and eateries throughout the town. Confirmed acts include singer/songwriter Brash Issac, Runabay and Sarah Crockett with many more yet to be announced.
Musicians will be placed in over 20 shops and eateries throughout the town centre from 12pm – 3pm on Saturday 24th Feburary.
The music event will officially launch on Friday 23rd February from 7pm in Follow Coffee Co with a preview of some of the fantastic talent performing.
Joe Rocks, Arts Administrator from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, said, “Midtown Sounds is shaping up to be an excellent event! We have rounded up some of the best up-and-coming artists in Northern Ireland today who will be performing in Ballymena on 24th February. Working in partnership with the BID has strengthened the appeal of the event and we are very pleased that so many of the towns traders are involved as ultimately, they are what brings the visitors to Ballymena.”
Joe, a musician himself, has always been heavily involved with the local music scene, even prior to establishing his own record shop and record label, Track Records. Having organised a few music nights at various venues across Ballymena, he helped to set up The Sitting Room Sessions alongside a host of other local artists. Joe plans to build on his work with Track Records through his new role with the council. The first step in this process comes in the form of Midtown Sounds, a collaboration between local businesses, local artists, Council and the BID. The project has been supported by The Executive Office through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme.