Three weeks of music, comedy, spoken word and classic cinema in Bangor Castle Walled Garden

12 August 2021 - 30 August 2021

Open House Festival has announced its initial line-up for the 2021 August festival in Bangor, with three weeks of music, comedy, spoken word and classic cinema in the beautiful surroundings of Bangor Castle Walled Garden.

While it will look a lot different to the trademark 140+ events in 40-odd venues festival that audiences have come to associate with Bangor in August, the Open House team are delighted to be back delivering live events once again. All events will be open air, fully seated and Covid-compliant, and there’ll be no need to worry about the weather as audiences will be protected under a stretch canvas cover.

Headline acts include internationally acclaimed Irish musician, Mary Coughlan, comedian, former doctor and author of the bestselling memoir This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay, and bestselling Irish author, Marian Keyes. However, the bulk of performers and artists come from Northern Ireland, with comedians Shane Todd and Paddy Raff, and musicians Duke Special and Dana Masters featured in the programme.

The Walled Garden is just a short walk from Bangor station and the town centre, and with free parking, toilets, and a café, it makes the perfect location for this year’s festival, given all the constraints. “It’s one of our favourite venues anyway,” says Kieran. “We love it, and our audiences do too.”

The familiar Open House Festival printed programme won’t be making an appearance this year, so the organisers are encouraging people to follow updates and announcements via email, social media and the festival website – and to spread the word to friends and family who aren’t online, so they don’t miss out. There’s a new official festival bookseller this year too, with Belfast’s independent book shop No Alibis offering a 10% discount on all books featured in the programme. Books can be bought online or in person at the Botanic Avenue shop. 

The ticketing system will also be different to allow for social distancing. 

Book tickets from Thursday 27th May at 10am from the Open House Festival website

Festival Line Up

THURSDAY 12th AUGUST - Mary Coughlan - music

FRIDAY 13th AUGUST - Shane Todd - comedy

SATURDAY 14th AUGUST - White Night – picnic & music

SUNDAY 15th AUGUST - Ronnie Greer - music

TUESDAY 17th AUGUST - Nuala McKeever – comedy 

WEDNESDAY 18th AUGUST - Shirley Valentine – classic cinema

THURSDAY 19th AUGUST - Ken Haddock - music

FRIDAY 20th AUGUST - Camille O’Sullivan - music

SATURDAY 21st AUGUST - Paddy Raff - comedy

SUNDAY 22nd AUGUST - Marian Keyes – books 

TUESDAY 24th AUGUST - Book Club - books

WEDNESDAY 25th AUGUST - Dana Masters - music

THURSDAY 26h AUGUST - Duke Special - music

FRIDAY 27th AUGUST - Colin Geddis - comedy

SATURDAY 28th AUGUST - The Commitments – classic film

SUNDAY 29th AUGUST - Adam Kay – comedy (matinee and evening)

MONDAY 30th AUGUST - Celtic Soul - music

12 August 2021 - 30 August 2021

Opening Times

  • Check Open House Festival website and individual events


  • Check Open House Festival website and individual events

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