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Rory McConnell | 10:50 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010


For one day every year, the peaceful calm of the Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland is shattered. The ancient rock trembles and shakes, the clouds part, and about 4,000 people are blessed by the majesty of rock (and the miracle of roll).

It can only be the Glasgowbury festival, the premier date in every Northern Irish music fan's calendar, and this time around we've got some extra special news...

2010 is a milestone for the Glasgowbury Music Group, as it marks the tenth anniversary of the festival, which has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2000 when Draperstown singer-songwriter Paddy Glasgow organised a showcase of local acts to promote awareness of the Ulster Cancer Foundation. Over the course of the decade, thanks to the tireless efforts of Paddy and his team of volunteers, the festival has become the one-stop-shop for music in Northern Ireland, having charted some of the biggest bands in the country from their most embryonic days to their emergence on the world's stage.

It's a testament to the appeal of Glasgowbury that bands such as The Answer, And So I Watch You From Afar, Fighting With Wire, In Case of Fire, and General Fiasco continue to come back for more, having got a taste for the Glasgowbury magic at an early stage in their career, long before they became some of the most hotly tipped bands in the country.

With the epic backdrop of the Sperrins providing the canvas for their performance, it's a well established fact that playing at Glasgowbury is an experience that few will ever forget. BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland was there last year, curating the main stage and watching some of the finest bands in the country kick out the jams in front of a rapturous audience. This year, we're hungry for more, and are happy to report that we're going to be bringing you the highlights of the festival in a fantastic 10th anniversary spectacular, headlined by the awesome Fighting With Wire, a band whose involvement with the festival goes way back to the very beginning.

If you can't make it to Glasgowbury on the 24th of July, don't worry - we're going to capture the sights, sounds, and smells of the best in under the radar Northern Irish music. It promises to be an incredible day of music, and we want you to be there with us all the way!

Glastonbury 2010

Now, as if that wasn't enough, we have another special newsflash...

Aside from all the Glasgowbury goodness we'll be bringing you over the summer, we'll also be there at this year's Glastonbury festival, where Northern Ireland's own Seven Summits will be playing the BBC Introducing stage!


Possessing some of the finest crafted songs this side of Pluto, Seven Summits were the winner of the BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland "Album of the Month" title, to date the only band to achieve this momentous accolade!

Fresh from a string of well-received performances across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, the Belfast based four-piece will be bringing their finely honed blend of indie-rock harmonies and hooks to Glastonbury, and we'll be right there with them, giving you a taste of the action!

Get ready for a long hot summer with BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland. You bring the sun cream, we'll bring the music!

Rory McConnell presents BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland



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