John Grant Set For Open House Festival

John Grant

With the Waterboys and Public Image Ltd. previously announced as headliners, it’s been revealed that Iceland-based American musician John Grant will play this year’s Open House Festival in Bangor.

Grant will play Bangor’s seafront – the first time the festival has had a large-scale outdoor space for evening concerts at its disposal – on Sunday, August 19.

“It’s clear that Bangor has become an attractive destination for international touring artists,” said Open House director, Kieran Gilmore. “Gaining access to the outdoor space beside the marina, slap bang on Bangor seafront, has been pivotal in allowing us to programme acts like PIL, The Waterboys and John Grant, all of whom will draw in bigger audiences. But part of the festival’s ethos is programing handpicked events in special places, and we will continue to do that. So the likes of Mercury Rev and Simone Felice playing in pop-up venues such as beautiful old town-centre churches, and Willy Mason playing in the local drama club studio, is always going to be a feature of both our August festival and year-round programme.”

Tickets for John Grant – whose fourth solo album is set for release in the Autumn – are available to buy here, priced £30.00.


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