Gospel Fest strikes a chord with locals

Colin Elliott
Colin Elliott
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The annual Gospel Fest is back for the fifth year in the area.

If you are someone who loves quality Gospel music then you will be delighted to hear that the popular event is running from this Thursday August 14 to Sunday August 17.

Headlining group called Scarlet Wool from Georgia in the USA.

Headlining group called Scarlet Wool from Georgia in the USA.

The event takes place on land belonging to local man Roy Dreaning located on the Old Bann Road adjacent to the main Waringstown to Banbridge Road opposite the Midway Autopoint. Roy is also the main organiser of Gospel Fest each year and is a member of the group Live Issue.

All the music throughout the weekend is God glorifying and as a result Gospel Fest has been a huge encouragement to many people over the past number of years. It is hoped that this year will be no exception.

Over the past number of years Northern Ireland has been recognised as the centre of Gospel music in Europe with many top Christian artists from around the world now making a point of including the Provence as an essential part of their tours.

The Gospel Fest story and the event itself have created a huge awareness of the quality of Gospel music in Northern Ireland and as a result this year’s event is being filmed for a television programme and there are also plans to produce a subsequent DVD.

Concerts each evening start at 7.30pm with special afternoon programmes on Saturday and Sunday starting at 3.00pm and 4.30pm respectively. Thursday August 14 will also include the first ever Northern Ireland Gospel Music Awards, celebrating the music and ministry of our local singers, songwriters and musicians. This year’s Gospel Fest will be headlined by the group “Scarlet Wool” from Georgia in the USA and will also feature a wealth of local talent that is bound to suit almost every musical taste.

Further information is on Facebook and at www.liveissuemusic.com/gospel-fest