Stendhal Festival of Art 2013 confirmed

Katrina Dunne and Rosa Steph pictured together at the Stendhal Festival in Limavady last year. INLV3411-690KDR

Katrina Dunne and Rosa Steph pictured together at the Stendhal Festival in Limavady last year. INLV3411-690KDR

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Limavady will be invaded once again this year with the confirmation of Stendhal Festival of Art 2013.

The popular music and arts festival on Ballymully Cottage farm in Limavady will take place between August 16 and 17, 2013. This will be the festivals third year and they are now accepting submissions from bands and artists via their website and will be working in conjunction with New Yorks Reverbnation who will also be accepting application to play the event from January 21 through to April 30.

Organiser Ross Parkhill said: “We are delighted to be partnering with ReverbNation in order to accept band submissions this year. They have a huge audience and it will no doubt open doors for us in terms of getting the festival noticed not only in Northern Ireland but the entire UK and further afield. It also gives us a much broader range of bands to look at when it comes to piecing the programme together, so hopefully it will unearth a few gems for us.”

Last year’s event was widely considered a fantastic success. One of the organisers, John Cartwright, said the response from festival goers and those who participated, including an army of volunteers, was “incredible”.

“It was beyond all expectations that we had. We were flat to the floor on Friday and Saturday, but chatting over everything and seeing all the comments on Facebook and Twitter, everyone seemed to really love it.”

Alongside Ross Parkhill and Colm O’Donnell, the Stendhal team attracted visitors from all over Europe, America and Australia and the south of Ireland. The festival was set up in an idyllic spot of the Roe Valley at John’s family farm, outside Limavady.

“It takes so long to set everything up, yet it was over in the blink of any eye,” he said, adding an estimated 2-3,000 people were on site, including festival staff and volunteers, during the weekend.

Among the highlights of the Festival was friend of Jimi Hendrix and legendary guitarist Henry McCullough, who pulled in a huge crowd.

Anyone wishing to submit an application to play at this year’s festival can fill in the application form on before midnight on April 30. Early bird tickets for the August event are expected to be on sale in coming weeks.

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