Van Morrison To Headline International Guinness Blues Festival
May 16, 2016 Laura Caldwell 0 Comments
One of Northern Ireland’s most precious exports, Van Morrison is coming home to headline the 18thInternational Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival, a six day event which is held in Warrenpoint each year.
Sponsored by Diageo, the event sees some of the world’s leading blues and jazz performers descend on the picturesque town, alongside thousands of music fans from across the world.
Van Morrison will be performing two special concerts at Warrenpoint Town Hall on May 29th, with the proceeds of both going to Southern Area Hospice Services. As always, these tickets will be extremely popular and in high demand as it’s such an intimate venue.
Aside from Van the man, the Festival also boasts over 90 free events taking place from 25th – 30th May 2016, featuring everyone from Fermanagh’s own Pat McManus, Belfast’s Rab McCullough and Crow Black Chicken.
Paul Callan, Diageo Northern Ireland, said; “At Diageo we are committed to playing our part in helping to expand Northern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality offering. We know our iconic drinks such as Guinness are loved by holiday makers and locals alike and this festival provides a great opportunity to welcome visitors from across the globe to a stunning setting.”
“The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival continues to grow from strength to strength and due to the high calibre of performers has established itself as a highlight of the entertainment calendar. A special thank you must also go to the bars in Warrenpoint for their help and continued support to Diageo and this event. I for one can’t wait to see Van rocking Warrenpoint Town Hall once again.”
Commenting on the programme, Event Director, Ian Sands added; “There is something for everyone at the International Guinness® ‘Blues on the Bay Festival, we are bringing together top class international jazz and blues performers and teaming this with our world renowned food and hospitality. Tourists coming to the event will be truly spoiled for choice, quality and good times.”
Majella Gollogly from Southern Area Hospice Services said; “We are so pleased to have Van returning to the festival and his concerts in Warrenpoint will be a great boost both to raising the profile of the Hospice and raising dearly needed funds. Thank you once again to Van and his team and to festival chairperson Ian Sands for their incredible generosity.’’
The 18th International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival is supported by; Diageo Northern Ireland, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, The Quays Newry, WBR Chamber of Commerce and Tourism NI.