This year, North Down Borough Council is excited to announce that the award-winning Demon Barbers will perform for one show only at our Merry May Day celebrations in Holywood on Monday, 5th May.

The award-winning Demon Barbers who will be bringing their XL Show to Merry May Day in Holywood on Monday, 5th May.

The Demon Barbers XL Show is one of the most imaginative and inspirational dance shows this decade, bringing some of the UK’s most exciting young Folk, Hip Hop & Break dancers together to create this live folk music spectacular! This will be the first time that the XL Show will be in Northern Ireland making May Day an exciting opportunity to see this special act live.

This vibrant group creates a unique and captivating sound – energetic fiddle and passionate, distinctive vocals with driven punchy tunes and songs, drum ‘n’ bass grooves, the odd touch of ska and an ever present feel that this lot know how to party result in one of the most exciting acts around.  Their unique blend of modern, morris, clog and sword dancing captivate their audiences, leaving everyone wanting more.

Previous winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, they are renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows and will bring to the stage a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow.

The Demon Barbers will be touring the length and breadth of the country throughout the summer with gigs including Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe so we are thrilled to welcome them to the stage at our Merry May Day festivities this year. Their 90 minute performance will kick off at 2pm at the main stage.

All the usual favourites have been organised by Holywood & District Community Council; Bonnie Baby Competition (10.30 am, Queen’s Leisure Complex) and Fancy Dress Competition (12.30 pm – the themes this year are Merry May Day, Cartoon Characters & As You Like It)

Over 60 stalls represented by local charities and traders will be in place throughout High Street and Church Road. Please note that Holywood Town Centre will be closed for most of the day.

The ever-popular Maypole Dancing will take place at 11am and 1pm. Young children can get their chance to dance around their own Maypole with Jump, Jiggle and Jive from 12 noon – 4.00 pm and if that just gets them going there will be 2 discos in 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.

So come on down to Holywood on Monday, 5th May from 10am – 4pm for a fun-filled day at this FREE EVENT!

For further information on this event please contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre on (028) 9127 0069 or email