Making its initial appearance during the summer of 2000, the Glasgowbury Music Festival began as a small gathering of local bands and songwriters to raise awareness of the Ulster Cancer Foundation.
The festival got its name from a moment of comedy genius in reference to Glastonbury taking place at the same time. The name has now become inspirational to new and emerging talent from across the country looking for an outlet for expression and performance.
The following year was proof that word had clearly spread and the ‘Small But Massive’ motto was born. News soon filtered back to the towns and cities that something rather special and unbelievable was occurring near Draperstown and everyone wanted a piece.
In 2003 the response was staggering. Radio, television and press began to sit up and take notice and with two stages, 24 acts and camping and parking facilities, the little festival that could had tapped into a public desire. Glasgowbury had transformed into a mini city of peace, love and harmonies.
In 2004, the festival was on the move again but never failed to lose sight of its goals, constantly offering that platform which had seen it so widely praised. The following year would see Glasgowbury move indoors, before finally settling into its now legendary home at Eagles Rock in the heart of the Sperrins.
The spectacular backdrop has become associated with the forever friendly atmosphere and ethos of the festival and acts climbing the mountain soon became plentiful and established. While nurturing the talent that would eventually reach their pinnacle before coming back to roost at the festival that gave them a chance, Glasgowbury started to pull in the big guns.
Early memorable performances from the likes of Red Organ Serpent Sound, Duke Special, The Undertones and Henry McCullough set a standard of excellence for the emerging new talent including acts like the now established And So I Watch You From Afar, Fighting With Wire, The Answer, Axis Of, General Fiasco and The Wonder Villains.
In 2009 the festival was a sell out success as a capacity crowd of thousands came together under the one sky in the Sperrins to witness one of the most special festivals yet as And So I Watch You From Afar catapulted the main stage to iconic new heights.
In 2010, the Glasgowbury Music Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary with 4,000 happy punters across a colossal weekend of entertainment and celebration. 56 acts were spread across a total of 5 stages atop Eagle’s Rock with some of the most memorable experiences in local music recorded on one July day.
2011 saw similarly unforgettable times for 60 acts including headline performances from Cashier No. 9, The Answer and Phil Kieran while we were proud to introduce our first ever comedy stage to widespread acclaim.
With the 2012 festival, Glasgowbury welcomed in excess of 60 acts to Eagles Rock spread across six stages with NI rock giants Therapy? overlooking the headline duties.
Moving towards 2013 and beyond it is Glasgowbury’s aim to continue to stage Northern Ireland’s Best Festival with continually memorable performances from the best in homegrown talent, all the while shaking Eagles Rock to its foundations.
Why not join us…
…small but MASSIVE!