About the Atlantic Sessions

A brief history and background

Following the sell-out success of Atlantic Sessions last year and its 2017 NI Tourism Award, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will be bringing Atlantic Sessions back to the Causeway Coast from 15 – 18 November.

Over 50 of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians will perform live in coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, music venues and bars across the four days. Visitors will have an opportunity to see high profile artists in an intimate setting, with the stunning Atlantic as a backdrop.

Each artist will play their own music for one hour, and this will form a music trail across the resorts of Portstewart and Portrush. Stay up to date by following us..

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary and firmly established in the music calendar Atlantic Sessions, which is this year working in partnership with Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Tourism Ireland, has emerged as a permanent feature and has gathered a reputation both among performers and music lovers. Live music ranges from traditional, bluegrass and americana to electronic, indie and acoustic singer-songwriters. It offers a platform for emerging talent as well as established artists from across Northern Ireland an opportunity to bring their music beyond urban hubs.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE said: “Atlantic Sessions success at last year’s Tourism NI awards was richly deserved and we are now looking forward to further celebration as we mark the festival’s 10th anniversary. Since its inception, Atlantic Sessions has evolved into a premier music event which has given a platform to many of Northern Ireland’s most exciting home-grown talent. This year we are looking forward to delivering a programme which reflects the event’s achievements over the past decade and its impact on the music scene here. This year’s festival will once again coincide with Causeway Coast and Glens Restaurant Week which runs from November 10 – 18, offering our visitors an unmissable mix of musical talent and foodie experiences.”

With a rise in the number, and quality, of musicians and bands making headlines and enjoying success in the international marketplace, and new and innovative music businesses based here, Atlantic Sessions has a significant role to play in developing music tourism, appreciating the ongoing success stories and showcasing this on the global stage.

Programming is by Snow Water, in association with Third Bar, and its Director Carolyn Mathers commented:

“Northern Ireland is extraordinary in the richness of its artistic talent and Atlantic Sessions is a perfect opportunity to showcase our creative energy to international audiences. This year we will feature a series of new collaborations and 'In the Round' concerts exclusively for the festival, NI Music Prize 2018 nominees, plus EP and Single launches. Audiences will have an opportunity to witness our finest singer-songwriters partner together in intimate environments. We’re very grateful for the support of our new partners, the hospitality sector and delighted that interest in Northern Ireland’s music scene is stronger than ever.”

For visitor information and where to stay, check out visitcausewaycoastandglens.com.

Causeway Coast and Glens Council in association with Snow Water, partners include..