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Westport Harvest Country Music Festival gets go ahead

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HEADLINER Country-music sensation Nathan Carter.


Between 5,000 and 10,000 music fans expected on Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27


Anton McNulty


AT least 5,000 country music fans are expected to descend on Westport at the end of this month for the star-studded Harvest Country Music Festival, which was today granted the licences it needs to operate.
The festival which will take place over two days on the grounds of Westport House will be headlined by international multi-platinum, award-winning country superstar Miranda Lambert and country-music sensation Nathan Carter.
The Harvest Country Music Festival, which is promoted by Aitken Promotions, takes place in two different locations on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 – Westport House and in Enniskillen in Co Fermanagh.
Each Festival will have two days of live entertainment featuring 40 International and Irish acts across four different music stages. As well as the two headline artists, legendary Mississippi singer and Country Music Hall of Famer, Charley Pride will be present as will Saturdays star, Una Healy.
Nathan Carter will headline the line-up for Westport on Saturday and will be supported by his younger brother, Jake along with Nashville singer-songwriter Kip Moore and Nashville duo, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.
Country music superstar, Miranda Lambert will headline Sunday night in Westport House and the Texas born, Grammy Award winner will be supported by the iconic Charley Pride who is no stranger to Ireland. Others to play on Sunday will be Texas and Oklahoma duo, Maddie and Tae, Una Healy and Mo Pitney, who is considered a rising start in the US.
An application for an occasional licence and dance licence for the festival was granted at this morning’s (Wednesday) sitting of Castlebar District Court by Judge Deirdre Gearty. Making the application, barrister, Ms Dorthy Collins said that more than 5,000 people will be attending the festival, which will be capped 10,000 people.
Eamon O’Boyle, a Chartered Engineer who specialises in event safety management at large scale events, explained there would be two stages in Westport along with three bars with 150 security personal.
Jack O’Connor, the event bar manager, explained there will be 40 bar staff on duty and all have worked at similar large outdoor events. He said ID will be checked by security and bar staff and security will be on operation at the start of the queues for the bar.
Inspector Gary Walsh said there was no objection to the application and Judge Gearty wished them well after granting the licences.

MORE Tickets for the Harvest Country Music Festival are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and online www.ticketmaster.ie.

 

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