Friends’ Goodwill Music Festival 2019 headline act announced

Thursday 4 April 2019

Friends’ Goodwill Music Festival returns to Larne for a third year on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May with a major headliner and new content.

One of Ireland’s most successful performers, Brian Kennedy, will appear on the Saturday 11 May

One of Ireland’s most successful performers, Brian Kennedy, will appear on the Saturday with the evergreen, Goat’s Don’t Shave, closing on Sunday. They join 11 other music acts over the weekend which offers something of interest for all ages, with street theatre, a chocolate-making workshop, food wagons and the addition of a drinks bar and terrace.

The main venue is the restored Market Yard on Station Road, which will host lively sets from The Dangelbarries (from Scotland), Pigs and Pearls, Coach, Paul Sexton, The Music Yard, Castaways, Keni Brownlow, Gaz, Zolene and the ALS Band. Compere for both days is Mark Dobbin.

The Market Yard activities will run from 2pm-10.30pm on Saturday and 2pm-6pm on Sunday.

There is no admission charge though admission is by ticket only which can be downloaded from Eventbrite (search for events in Larne). A small number of paper tickets will be available from the Visitor Information Centre on Main Street or at Number One Records.

The Cookery Theatre is a new element for this year, an indoor exhibition kitchen with 6 chefs showing how they make their favourite dishes using the food produce of Mid and East Antrim. Look out for some of your favourite broadcasters and chefs from your favourite eating houses.

Main Street in Larne will be a buzz of music and dance from 11am-2pm on Saturday will live performances from The Music Yard and some bluegrass foot stomping on the live stage at Broadway. The award-winning Music Yard provides music tuition and workshops to 300 children, students will perform live and showcase the musical talent being nurtured in Larne.

A remembrance service will be held at the Friends’ Goodwill statue at Curran Park from 1.45pm on Sunday. The service will commemorate the courage and legacy of all those on board the Friends’ Goodwill ship that left our shores bound for America.

The full programme of events is available on our Friends Goodwill Music Festival section.

For further details on the Festival, you can email our Events Team at E: