Glasgowbury tickets on sale TODAY!

Glasgowbury have announced plans for its return in July with tickets for the event going on sale from Monday 18th April.

The ‘Small But Massive’ festival will celebrate its 11th year at the heart of new music when it returns this summer.

With over 50 acts set to be spread across their five iconic stages, the Draperstown based event blew out the candles on its tenth birthday last year with another sold-out capacity event.

With the local music scene buzzing from recent successes, Glasgowbury will hit the ground running over the weekend of Saturday 23rd July this year to honour the best new music from throughout the island of Ireland.

In order to provide the best and most accessible festival experience for all, the local event have announced that they will keep tickets at last year’s prices of £30 (festival only) and £40 (festival and camping).

Tickets for the limited capacity event go on sale from 9am on Monday 18th April from, HMV stores around the country and from a number of local retailers.

Announcements regarding this year’s line-up are set to be announced in the weeks following the tickets going on sale.

For more information on all things Glasgowbury, see

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Yes, it is still possible to have a good time without taking out a mortgage!

Why not come along to Bangor this Easter for a day packed full with free family fun.    Bangor’s seafront will have something to appeal to everyone from 12.00 – 6.00 pm.

Starting at the McKee Clock arena over 150 of Ireland’s top modified cars will be displayed all day.  The organisers boldly promise to offer ‘cars more luxurious than a Bentley, faster than a Ferrari and with more toys than a Mercedes’.

Strolling along the promenade, children can dress up as pirates, dance along to the Blackbeard Jump, the Jolly Roger Jiggle and The Land Ahoy Jive or just play a quick game of Connect 4 or Jenga.

With live street theatre and Ireland’s first ever upside down bike expect to be entertained for the whole day.

At 3.00 pm over 180 children from St Malachy’s Primary School, Cygnet House, St Columbanus College, Friend’s Dance, Barre De Soul, Rathgael Gymnastics and St Gall’s Brownies and Guides will be taking to the streets as part of a spectacular pirate parade.

The Mayor of North Down, Councillor John Montgomery will lead off the parade in a bright yellow Mustang from the Leisure Centre onto Main Street, along Quay Street, turning into High Street and making its way back up to the Leisure Centre.

At 4.00 pm at Pickie Glenn Ross will pull in the crowds to watch him try to break a World Record.

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Contestants wanted for the National Lottery “Secret Fortune” – apply before Monday 25th April!

The National Lottery “Secret Fortune” – hosted by Nick Knowles – is back for a brand new series!

By putting your general knowledge to the test, you could win a great cash prize.

We are looking for fantastic Contestant Pairs to take part – a family duo, competitive couple, best friends, colleagues or simply a great twosome that will work together well and potentially win BIG MONEY.

To receive an application form today, EMAIL

Or call 02890 500 758 for more information

Standard geographic charges apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider’s call package. Calls from mobiles may be higher

The closing date for returning application forms is 17:00, Mon 25th of April 2011.

All applicants must be 18 years and over and be legally resident and currently living in the UK.

Lots to Do in Holywood this May Day!!!

North Down Borough Council has planned another fantastic day of fun for all in Holywood this May Day.

The Dragon, Circo Rum Ba Ba !

On Monday 2nd May there will be a distinctly Medieval feel in the Town with spectacular street theatre and some surprising characters lurking about! (Shows on stage from 1.00 – 4.00 pm) .

Holywood & District Community Council have organised traditional favourites, Bonnie Baby Competition (10.30 am, Queen’s Leisure Complex) and Fancy Dress Competition (12.15 pm High Street stage area) – with the ever popular Maypole dancing at 10.15 am and 11.30 am.

Over 70 stalls – will offer something to tempt every purse whether it’s something exotic to eat, an irresistible craft, rare plants or homemade jam.

Children love the chance to dance round their own special Maypole with Jump Jiggle and Jive from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm – and if that just gets them going there will be 2 discos in the Queen’s Leisure Complex – (p1-p3 1.00 – 2.00 pm) and (p4-P7 2.30 pm-3.30 pm).

For the older swingers in Town there will be a Tea Dance – also held at Queen’s Leisure Complex from 1.00 -3.00 pm.
Tourism Manager Alison Stobie commented

“This year’s May Day is the perfect mixture of new surprises and old favourites and we are confident that residents and visitors alike will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at this unique family day out and we look forward to seeing you there.’

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Pictured at the launch of Dare the Captain is Captain Morgan with models Katie Larmour from Belfast and Georgia Salpa.

Monday, 28th March 2011: Captain Morgan was welcomed on dry land by Northern Ireland model Katie Larmour to announce details of his latest quest ‘Dare the Captain’. The Captain is calling on his legion of over 85,000 Facebook fans from across the Island of Ireland to dare him to do something truly legendary which he will undertake when he returns to these shores in mid April.

There are thousands of pounds from the Captain’s bounty up for grabs for the best dare. There is a cash prize of £4,000 for the overall winning dare plus two runner up prizes worth hundreds of pounds and a Captain Morgan hoodie to be won daily!

Speaking at the launch, Captain Morgan commented, “It’s great to be back in the Emerald Isle. People from here have a tremendous imagination and that’s why I’m looking forward in anticipation to undertaking winning dare and filming it for all my fans to see. Not only that, the overall winning darer gets thousands of pounds for their trouble!! Not bad hey?”

To enter Dare the Captain, fans must go to the Captain’s Facebook page ( and register their dare.  Fans can enter as many times as they like and must be over 18.

The Captain’ previous escapades can be viewed on his CaptainTV YouTube channel at:

To enter Dare the Captain or follow the Captain’s adventures, go to

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Modified Madness in Bangor!

Car enthusiasts from all over Ireland will gather in Bangor on Easter Monday, April 25th (11am – 6pm) for Showerks first ever Live Show. The event will display a huge array of modified cars and competition promises to be fierce as exhibitors compete in categories for; “Best Interior,” “Best Stance,” “Best ICE (In Car Entertainment),” “Show & Shine (Cleanest Car)” and  “Car of the Show.”

Over 150 cars modified to various degrees by passionate car lovers, ranging from sports, kit to vintage cars will fill the McKee Clock Arena. The event promises to display cars “more luxurious than a Bentley, faster than a Ferrari and with more toys than a Mercedes!”  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Paul Ward at the Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The event is kindly being supported by Redbull.

Showerks was started in 2010 by six like minded individuals from the modified car scene who wanted to create a fresh approach to modified cars and Showerks was born. The blog allows enthusiasts to come together to share ideas, information and photographs.  Their library of show pictures and reports is building daily and can be found at;

Gary McCarroll of Showerks comments; “”We are delighted to be holding our Live Show in Bangor as part of the Easter festivities. It’s sure to be a great day, and for such a good cause. I urge everyone to come and check out the top modified cars from around Ireland.”

The PSNI and the Fire Services will also have a presence on the day relaying safety information to exhibitors and members of the public.

Stephen Dunlop, Town Centre Manager has declared Queen’s Parade Car Park free for the duration of the day, an excellent example of local organisations working together.

The event promises to be a fantastic day out for young and old alike so come along and prepare to amazed by this motoring extravaganza!

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Special Preview of Great Irish Music….

April 2011

The High Kings

Live in concert, the Alley Theatre brings you a special preview of the fantastic and award winning band, The High Kings. They are an Irish group who had great success over the years including Best Folk Act 2009 at Irelands Music Awards. In the past 2 years thier reputation has grown tremendously and they have had enormous success both within the US and Ireland.

They are currently on their 4th Irish Tour and they hope to follow in previous years success by having a sell out tour. Recently they have released a charity single called “Whiskey in a Jar” which they performed on the Late Late Show on RTE1 with 8year old Adam O’Sullivan.

The Band members consist of Finbarr Clancy,Brain Dunphy, Martin Furey & Darren Holden who was invited to join the band in 2007. The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish tradition music and each member of the band witnessed first hand the power of well crafted Irish music has on it’s audience.They are following on in the footsteps of other great Irish Folk bands such as The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem who entertained us since the 1960’s.

The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. The High Kings are continuing to live up to their reputation as a phenomenal live band, serving up laughter, good times and even the odd sing along. Prepare yourself for a night of superb Irish ballads from a group renowned for their vocals and livly music. They are highly entertaining and it promises to be a night that you will never forget!! Early booking is recommended.

The High Kings come to the Alley Theatre on Saturday 21st May at 8pm and tickets are available at £25. To book tickets contact Box Office on 02871 384444 and for further information or to book tickets through our website click here.

North Wind Blows in the Alley Theatre

St Joseph’s Brass Band, Bready Ulster Scots Pipe Band, Glenties Brass Band and woodwind students from the Donegal School of Music will come together on Saturday the 16th of April for the North Wind Blows concert in the Alley Theatre, Strabane, at 8pm.

The four bands make up a unique ensemble composed of brass, highland pipes, woodwind and percussion. The ensemble have been rehearsing together since Autumn 2010 through a project that celebrates some of our many musical traditions, while also bringing people together through music. The project also strengthens musical bonds and partnerships between counties Tyrone and Donegal.

The programme on the night will include the premiere of 2 new compositions by composers Neil Martin and Vincent Kennedy – both pieces will be conducted under the direction of the composers. Vincent Kennedy’s ‘Where the North Wind Blows’ and Neil Martin’s ‘Open Air’ were composed specifically for the ensemble.

Belfast-based Neil Martin is a widely acclaimed composer, and also a founder member and musician with The West Ocean String Quartet. He has composed and contributed to a large volume of music in the last 3 decades, his composition ‘No Tongue Can Tell’ opened the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in 2004.

Vincent Kennedy is a Dublin based composer, whose recent composition The Hook – A Place and A People,’ commissioned by Wexford County Council, has brought him widespread acclaim, and since its premiere in 2005 the work has received over 8 complete performances, and numerous performances of individual movements in Ireland and abroad.

Brendan Breslin and Stephen Cairns have arranged a selection of traditional and contemporary music for the ensemble, and these will also be performed on the night. under the direction of Noel Barr.

North Wind Blows is a cross-community inter-generational project funded by the International Fund for Ireland, administered by the Rural Development Council and co-ordinated by the Donegal Music Education Partnership. Tickets from £5 can be booked through the Alley Theatre on 028 71 384444. Proceeds will go to Foyle Hospice. For more information click here


Bruiser Theatre Company presents this brilliant two hour drama, Othello. Written by one of the great writers of all time William Shakespeare and directed by Lisa May. Othello comes to the Alley Theatre for one night only on Friday 15th April at 8pm.

Its a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy of love, paranoia, jealousy and murder. Enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, the story of General Othello, his love for the beautiful Desdemona and their tragic downfall at the hands of the scheming and manipulative lago.

The Bruiser adaptation is a Bare-knuckle Shakespeare for 2011. None of Shakespeare’s script is modernised, yet those who might be fearful of the Bard will find this gritty, breathless 2hr drama exhilarating and relevant.

Tickets are £9/£7 (con) and if you would like to book tickets contact Box Office on 02871 384444. For more information on this show click here

Upcoming Performances

  • Songs from the Shows

Wednesday 06 April 2011 Thursday 07 April 2011


  • Adrian Knight.

Friday 08 April 2011 Saturday 09 April 2011


  • Give My Head Peace.

Thursday 14 April 2011


  • Othello

Friday 15 April 2011


  • North Wind Blows Concert

Saturday 16 April 2011


  • De Dannan

Friday 29 April 2011


Featured Event

Adrian Knight

Adrian Knight makes a return visit to the Alley Theatre for 2 nights of mind boggling entertainment. He is one of the worlds leading stage hypnotists and is currently on his critically acclaimed tour of Ireland. Early booking is recommended!

For more information on this show and to book tickets click here

Friday 08 Apr @ 20:00 PM – 22:00 PM