12 July 2013 One Comment by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

The countdown to the Monaghan Town Country Music Festival which takes place from Thursday, 18th – Sunday, 21st July in the Diamond has officially begun.

With four top entertainers taking to the stage the open air festival is sure to impress all music lovers. The kids won’t be bored either as Cullens Fun Fair will be parked up for the full weekend in the Courthouse car park.

On Thursday, 18th July Mike Denver will take to stage while on Friday Robert Mizzell will perform. Big Tom and the Mainliners will entertain the crowd on Saturday night and Nathan Carter will wrap up the festivities on Sunday evening.

Tickets priced at €10 per night or €35 for a weekend pass can be bought from Sound Quality, located upstairs in Fleming’s Department Store, The Westenra Arms Hotel or Ticketmaster. There will be free musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday from 2pm until 6pm ahead of the main performers.

And for the dancers out there, don’t forget the jiving competition on the dance floor in the Diamond on Sunday from 5pm. Those wishing to participate will be pleased to learn that there is no entry fee to the competition and a top prize of €300 up for grabs makes it well worth entering. And for those who require further enticement, there is a second prize of €200 and a third prize of €100 waiting to be won.

An information desk will open on Thursday in the Diamond area, where the festival is taking place, to give friendly assistance to festivalgoers on parking, accommodation, entertainment, supporting events around the town and more.

There may be slight traffic disruption due to the road closures needed to facilitate the festival. The festival committee apologises in advance for any inconvenience the road closures may cause. To view full details of the closures please visit Monaghan County Council’s website

All roads temporarily closed for the festival will be opened shortly after the main act has finished each night. Those wishing to extend their night’s entertainment in any of the many local hostelries will be able to enjoy more live music with late bar extensions.

To view a list of supporting venues in Monaghan Town, please check out the website

Admission to the festival site for the main acts opens at 7pm from Thursday – Saturday and from 5pm on Sunday.

The festival committee strongly advises people to purchase their tickets early as committee member Willie McKenna told the Northern Standard that tickets are selling well. He added that interest has been shown in the Monaghan Town Country Music Festival from people across Ireland and in parts of England and Scotland.

The festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts have up-to-date information and a gig guide included.

THURSDAY 18th July
Diamond area closed to traffic from 6pm and re-opens at 11.30pm.
7pm: McCormack Bros – Admission €10

FRIDAY 19th July
4pm: Rainbow
Diamond area closed to traffic from 6pm and reopens at 11.30pm.
7pm: Anthony McBreen – Admission €10

SATURDAY 20th July
2pm: Heartbeat Country Band – NO ADMISSION CHARGE
4pm: Bit ‘N’ Pieces
Diamond area closed to traffic from 6pm and reopens at 11.30pm.
7pm: Robert Brown – Admission €10

SUNDAY 21st July
Diamond area closed to traffic from 4pm and reopens at 9.30pm – Admission €10
5pm: Midnight Cowboy – Jiving Competition

One Comment »

  • John Mohan said:

    Could I get a higher resolution jpg of the Diamond ?