Cross Cultural Music, Song & Dance on the banks of the Bann.
  • Gig'n The Bann

    Gig'n the Bann

    Welcome to this years festival. We have a great range of music, song and dance for you this year again.

    Check out our programme for the full list of events.
  • Thursday

    Thursday 13th September

    5K Run'n the Bann / Walk'n the Bann - 7pm
    Registration:  1st Portglenone Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Street, 5pm to 6.45pm
    All proceeds from this event will go to support the work of the Northern Ireland Hospice.

  • Friday

    Friday 14th September

    Art Exhibition by Anthony O'Hagan 
    - Mallard Suite, Wild Duck Inn, 6pm - 9pm     Adm: Free

    Wild Duck Inn, Riverside Suite Adm: £10
    Whistlin' Donkeys
    Chris Madden and The Lucky Ducks

    Traditional Music Session - The Crosskeys Inn, 9.30pm

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  • Saturday

    Saturday 15th September

    Art Exhibition by Anthony O'Hagan
     - Mallard Suite, Wild Duck Inn, 12noon - 7pm     Adm: Free

    Pipe'n The Bann - Bank Square, 2pm to 5pm

    Family Fun Day, Playing Fields, Townhill Road, 2-5pm

    Main Concert, Wild Duck Riverside Suite, 8.30pm
    Tim Edey
    The Recollective

    Traditional Music Sessions - The Wild Duck at 6pm, The Crosskeys Inn at 9pm, GAA Social Club at 10.30pm
  • Sunday

    Sunday 16th September

    Art Exhibition by Anthony O'Hagan
     - Mallard Suite, Wild Duck Inn, 12noon - 7pm     Adm: Free

    Family Fun organised by Partytime Events - Bank Square, 12noon to 5pm

    Praise'n the Bann - Bank Square, 6.30pm
    Ann O'Brien Tribute Stage - Wild Duck Riverside Suite, 7.30pm
     - Contribution to Music Awards:

    Mairéad Walls

    Rodney Wilson

    Ciaran O'Kane

    Sean Keane

    Traditional Music Session - Greenlough Bar at 3pm

Latest News

Gig'n the Bann 2018

15 Jan 2018
Look forward to seeing you from the 13th - 16th September for the 19th Gig'n the Bann festival....
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Session trail singers and musicians

14 Sep 2017
So talented - the amazing singers and musicians who are travelling to the festival from near and far for the session trail....
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Official festival session trail

14 Sep 2017
A fantastic line up of musicians and singers who are travelling to the festival from near and far! ...
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Welcome from the festival Chairperson

14 Sep 2017
Welcome Folks, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all to the 18th year of the Gig’n the Bann Festival.  I would like to thank you all for your support and I assure you it is an honour for us to welc...
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Bannside Pharmacy Sponsorship

13 Sep 2017
Sincere thanks to the Bannside Pharmacy for their very generous sponsorship of £500. Pictured receiving the cheque from Eoghan O'Brien on behalf of the committee is Geraldine Donnelly, festival treasurer....
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Bannvale Credit Union sponsorship

13 Sep 2017
Sincere thanks to the Bannvale Credit Union for their very generous sponsorship of £450. Pictured receiving the cheque from John on behalf of the committee is Siobhan McCormack, festival secretary....
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5K Run and Walk Registration forms

10 Sep 2017
The attached form(s) can be completed in advance and brought along with you on Thursday 14th September. Look forward to seeing everyone! ...
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Gig'n the Bann committee

10 Sep 2017
Pictured are the committee getting into the spirit of the festival as they make final preparations for the 18th Gig'n the Bann, 14th - 17th September. ...
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Celtic Thistle - Solo Piping Competition cancelled

10 Sep 2017
Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the festival committee the 'Celtic Thistle - Solo Piping Competition' has been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause. However you...
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Tickets on Sale!

9 Sep 2017
We have three fantastic concerts over the festival weekend - make sure to obtain your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased from the following shops in Portglenone: All Occa...
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In the heart of Co. Antrim nestled between the major towns of Ballymena and Magherafelt lies the village of Portglenone. The village rests along the banks of the River Bann, which has been immortalised by countless artists and writers down through the years.
It is here in this idyllic setting that the 19th 'Gig’n the Bann' Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place from the 13th - 16th September 2018. The festival is one of the major events on the Summer Festival Calendar having built a reputation for offering a most impressive line-up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish and Folk Music circles.
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Main Sponsors
  • Oranmore Guesthouse and Tea Rooms
  • Bannvale Credit Union
  • Bannside Pharmacy
  • Community Relations Council
  • Enkalon Foundation

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