Soul man Andrew Strong reckons being at the Dalriada Festival in July is as big a deal for his son as meeting the Rolling Stones was for Andrew.
The Commitments star says three-year-old Athan will love the eclectic mix of attractions at Glenarm Castle and not least the chance to meet his favourite Paw Patrol characters.
“He’s obsessed with Paw Patrol, .so he’s going to thoroughly enjoy seeing them at the festival and of course it will be priceless to see his wee face meet his heroes. It’ll be like me meeting the Rolling Stones for the first time - before I toured with them.”
Andrew, who will headline on the main stage on Saturday, July 16, went to school in Larne and said he wants to give something back to the community. “I’ve really fond memories of living in Larne and when I attended the Dalriada launch last month and stayed with family for a few days,” he revealed.
“Whilst visiting Glenarm I was really sad to hear that there has recently been so many job losses in the local area, so I think it’s only just and right that I give something back to the community and help locals who may be feeling the pinch at this time. It’s encouraging to see other local movie stars like Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt publicly expressing their support towards creating new jobs in the area. I’m more than happy to offer a good discount on tickets for locals to my concert on 16th July, to also coincide with The Commitments’ 25th anniversary.”
Dalriada Festival – Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural family event – and is offering people from the local area a whopping 20 per cent discount on tickets for a limited period only. Discounted tickets are priced at £25 and available from Larne Tourist Information Centre, Larne; Dairyside Stores, Gleno; Spar, Ballygally; Day Today, Glenarm; Spar, Carnlough; and Cushendall Development Office, Cushendall.