The rising stars of the Northern Ireland’s Music scene performed in venues all around Ballymena last weekend. The occasion, ‘Midtown Sounds’, celebrated the local talent who gave live performances including;
- Ryan Price in the Corner Bakery and later in Ground Coffee Shop.
- Andrew Farrell in Wellington Barber and later in Outdoor Adventure.
- Dean and Matt helping Bob & Berts celebrate their third birthday.
- Amy McAlister on her harp in Wallaces, Ultimate Fashions and McKillens Shoes.
- Patrick Donnelly played in Red Star Music.
- Stripped in Midtown.
- Makers and Erin Fullerton in Moore Electrics.
- Sara Crockett played in Marmalade.
- Tiernan Heffron was in Follow Coffee.
- Jedidah Shanks played in both Woodside Chemists and Montgomerys Restaurant.
- Students from the Music Rooms also joined in. The afternoon of music ended with Brash Issac in Middletown.
The live music in shops and eateries around the town was very well received by local traders and the public. The event showcased all that is good about the local music scene to a varied audience in an unconventional but brilliant format.
Ballymena BID manager, Alison Moore said, “Midtown Sounds brought a very different sound to Ballymena on Saturday. We have had great feedback from the traders in the town, there is no doubt that it was well received and it has been reported that customers and staff in shops were noted to be swaying to the music.
“This event allowed us to highlight some of the local music talent as well as Ballymena and its great offering. With Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s assistance, this has been a great event.”
Midtown Sounds was officially launched on Friday 23rd February in Follow Coffee Co with three fantastic videos, Runabay performing in the Grouse, Andrew Cameron from Brash Issac in Middletown and Sara Crockett in Marmalade. The videos can be viewed on Ballymena Means Facebook page. The project has been supported by The Executive Office through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme.