The 1975 rock Bushmills Live

Published Friday, 13 June 2014
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Rockers The 1975 headlined Bushmills Live on Thursday night, performing for a small group of fans in the north coast town.

The 1975 rock Bushmills Live
The 1975 headlined Bushmills Live. (© Bushmills Live)

The Manchester four-piece shared the stage with Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody's 'supergroup' Tired Pony, as well as rising stars James Vincent Morrow, Luke Sital-Singh, David C. Clements, Matthew And The Atlas and Rubblebucket.

Also performing were Belfast band Levity Breaks who were the recipients of Bushmills Live's second annual Legacy Fund.

The festival was attended by 700 music fans from around the world, including the US, Bulgaria, Portugal and Russia.

The artists, who are more used to playing to crowds of thousands, performed a series of small gigs in the centuries-old buildings at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

Speaking about the event, Gary Lightbody said: "Last night was Tired Pony's first gig in Ireland and it was unlike any other gig we've played before. The atmosphere was great."

Master Distiller at the Old Bushmills Distillery, Colum Egan, said: "Bushmills Live 2014 was a great success.

"I was looking around and everywhere people were smiling and having a great time, enjoying the wonderful music.

"The 1975 and Tired Pony were sensational and it was fantastic to continue to provide a platform to up-and-coming talent.

"The atmosphere backstage was like an old school reunion with so many friends of the festival in attendance - the craic was brilliant!"

© UTV News
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