The 2018 festival includes the usual feast of free entertainment for all ages.

2018 Programme nearing completition. Other events may be added.

Sunday 22nd July 2018.

The Portstewart "Knitwits" Group To Yarn Bomb The Promenade. Seaside Theme. Time T.B.C.

2.00pm Interdenominational Service                                                                                                    

Organized by our local churches.

Location: Crescent Bandstand

3.00pm Drumming-Percussion-Hula Hoops-Juggling-Giant Bubbles-Stone Painting

Location: Crescent Bandstand

5.00pm Live Music-Outlaw Country

The Outlaw Country Show features the songs of American Singer Songwriters John Prine, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Willy Nelson, Towns Van Zandt etc.


Location: Crescent Bandstand


8.30pm Eternity Socials

A youth social event of worship, praise, testimonials and christian music

Location: The Crescent Bandstand

Monday 23rd July 2018.

Mon-Sat Sea Creature Treasure Hunt-Portstewart Library

For ages 4+. All week during Library opening Hours. Tel:  028 7083 2712

Location: Portstewart Library

From 8.00am Ladies Golf Competition                                                                                                      

For the E.J.Donnelly Cup. More details from Portstewart Golf Club. Tel: 028 7083 2015.

Sponsored by Couples, Coleraine.

Location: Portstewart Golf Club

11.00am-12 Noon Story And Craft

For ages 4-8. Booking Essential

Location: Portstewart Library. Tel:   028 7083 2712

1.30pm Hugo Duncan Radio Ulster Roadshow

The ever popular Uncle Hugo Duncan is back at the Red Sails Festival with the usual banter, craic and special guest performances from stars of the Irish Country Scene.

Location:  Crescent Bandstand

3.00pm Cafe Music Session Artist- Aidan Moffett

A solo performance from popular "Grooverobbers" singer /guitarist. Includes popular songs from a extensive range of genres-old and new favourites.

Location: Warkes Deli.

3.00pm-5.00pm Stoneage Children's Workshop

Activities Include: Stone Tools and weapons identification game, dressing up like a caveman/cavewoman, making a Neolithic pot (to keep), grind wheat on a Quern, weave cloth, make an axe and several more.

Provider: The Active Learning Centre, Coleraine.

Location: Town Hall


3pm-5pm Free Children's Face Painting

Provided by Facepainting By The Sea.

7.00pm Live Music-Bowana 

Popular local band playing blues, funk, soul and rock.

Location: The Crescent Bandstand. 

9.00pm Cafe Music Session-Mississippi Boombox

Mississippi Boombox are a high energy duo, delivering foot stomping beats & stellar harmonies, which take acoustic music to a whole new level.

Location: 3hree Kings Cafe. 






Tuesday 24th July 2018.

10.00am-5.00pm Children's Event-Exploration Dome 

The Exploration Dome uses state-of-the-art Full dome 360 degree 3-D digital projection technology, stunning graphics and advanced computer simulations.

Capacity Approx 45 per Show-Show Lasts 32 Minutes

Shows at 10am,11am,12 Noon,1.30pm,2.30pm.3,30pm,4.30pm.

Free Tickets for the shows,  will be available from 9am at the Town Hall.

The Show- Enchanted Reef – Kaluoka’hina

The vastness of our planet’s oceans guards unimaginable secrets. One of its most precious is “Kaluoka’hina”, the enchanted reef whose magic protects it against humans finding it. Kaluoka’hina’s colorful inhabitants have thus always lived in peace…until the volcano erupts, and the spell is broken.


Now it’s up to the young sawfish Jake and his paranoid pal Shorty to restore the magic of Kaluoka’hina. Their only lead: the ancient legend that tells of touching the moon. But how is a fish supposed to touch the moon?

This is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty have to solve on their most exciting adventure ever: the quest to save their beloved reef.

Award winning film promoting the preservation of our nature.

Location: Portstewart Town Hall. 

3.00pm Cafe Music Session - Rab Campbell

Rab can be often seen on the streets of Coleraine and Portstewart, delighting passersby with his range of instrumental classical and popular tunes.

Location: Warkes Deli

6.30pm Live Music-Mississippi Boombox.

With over 10 years in the music industry business Ryan Bob and Amanda Jane came together to form Mississippi Boombox in 2015. They play a range of cover music in their own unique style - Ryan influenced by Country/ Rock background and Amanda by Blues/Gospel. The two fuse together to create great harmonies and rhythm.

Location: Crescent Bandstand 


8.30pm Music- The Spirit Of Elvis Show 

Local man Andy Rodgers performing a 90 minute show that includes many of Elvis favs, with several costume changes representing the true spirit of “The King”.

Location: The Crescent Bandstand

9.00pm Cafe Music Session-Frankie Sewell

Frankie was runner up in The Red Sails Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2016. His songwriting style has matured from "Indie -punk pop" (Hot Press 1990's) to acoustic indie-folk. Past member of bands The Grooverobbers,  Greengrass,  The Turtlenecks and The Soup-Kitchen Paupers.

Location: 3hree Kings Cafe. 

9.00pm The Annual Red Sails Cocktail Competition- In The Anchorage

Watch some of the best barmen/barmaids from the Triangle Area battle it out for the title of Red Sails Cocktail King or Queen. With Samples for the audience. Hosted by Brian Moore.

Location. The Anchorage 


Wednesday 25th July 2018.

11.00am-11.30am Rhythm and Rhyme-Seaside Theme

Suitable for babies and pre-school aged children. Booking Essential.

Location: Portstewart Library. Tel: 028 7083 2712

12.00 Noon Children's Sand Sculpture  Competition 


Location: The Crescent. 

2.00pm Live Music-Cellar Door

Popular local band. Playing a mix of classic and modern pop and rock. Songs from AC/DC, Kings Of Leon, the Lumineers and |Johnny Cash are a just a few examples of their vast reportoire

Location: Crescent Bandstand



3.00pm Cafe Music Session-Jack McNaul

Jack is a local musician who performs songs from a vast range of upbeat popular covers

Location: Warkes Deli

4.30pm Street Theatre-C.C. & G. Council Organised. Artist To Be Confirmed

7.00pm Live Music-Willie Drennan Ulster Scots Folk Group.

Traditional Ulster Scots songs and music. A regular feature of the festival-always drawing a large crowd from all parts of Northern Ireland and beyond.

Location: Crescent Bandstand 


9.00pm Cafe Music Session-Andy Rogers

Andy Rogers (not to be confused with Andy "Elvis" Rodgers) is a singer/songwriter with recordings on the EMI/Kingsway record label. His sound is described as Groovy Ethno-Celt Folk Pop ( Imagine Dave Matthews meets Sting, they go down to an Irish pub and play a session with Kevin Prosch).

Location: 3hree Kings Cafe. 

9.00pm Poetry Night-In The Anchorage

An evening of poetry in The Anchorage featuring  published poets Moyra Donaldson, Michael Wilson and Pablo Doherty. Also during the evening-the winners of our Red Sails 2018 Poetry Competition will be announced and they will have an opportunity to recite their winning poems. If there is sufficient time at the end of the evening-there will be open mic session for members of the audience.

Moyra Donaldson-  was born and brought up in Co. Down and has been described as one of the country's most distinctive and accomplished writers. She has published four previous collections, Snakeskin Stilettos (1998), Beneath The Ice (2001), The Horse's Nest (2006) and Miracle Fruit (2010). Her poetry has won a number of awards, including the Allingham Award, the National Women's Poetry Competition and the Cuirt New Writing Award. She has received four awards from the Arts Council NI, most recently, the Artist Career Enhancement Award. Her poems have been anthologized and have featured on BBC Radio and television, including the Channel 4 production, 'Poems to Fall in Love With' and she has read at festivals in Ireland, England, Canada, America and Hungary. Moyra is also an experienced creative writing tutor, working with individuals and groups in the literary, community and health care sectors. She has edited a number of anthologies and was literary editor for Fortnight magazine.

Michael Wilson-Michael is a national slam winner at the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival and progressed to the final of the BBC Radio 4 Slam He uses british sign language and various art props and writes on the tried and tested subjects of sex drugs and rock n dole, as well as mental health. Michael has performed at all kinds of events, with three residencies under his belt, festival appearances, slam wins and regular guest slot appearances, as well as numerous publications in magazines and anthologies.

Pablo Doherty- Originally from Portstewart Pablo started writing in 2014. His first book "Shouting At The Sea: Shells" was published in 2015.  Two further volumes have followed.

Red Sails Poetry Competition 2018 

Thursday 26th July 2018.

From 8.00am Gents Golf Competition                                                        

For the J.B. Kennedy Rose Bowl. Sponsored by Wilson's, The Promenade, Portstewart. More details from Portstewart Golf Club.

Tel: 02870832015

Location: Portstewart Golf Club

12 Noon Children's Pavement Art Competition

Location: The Crescent

2.00pm  Live Music At The Crescent Bandstand-Various Artists 

An afternoon of music and song at the Bandstand featuring some of our Cafe Music performers past and present. Times are approx.

1.30pm Courtney Campbell

2.10pm Busker Dave

2.50pm Aidan Moffett 

3.30pm Sings & Strings

4.10pm Jack McNaul

4.50pm Frankie Sewell              

Location: Crescent Bandstand

7.00pm-9.00pm Junior Fishing Competition






Held at the Harbour, Portstewart. Entry is absolutely free and there are great prizes to be won. First prize includes a fishing boat trip for two sponsored by the Boy Matthew.

Location: Portstewart Harbour

7.30pm Live Music- The Noel McKeary Band

Since releasing their album “One Way Train” this local band has gone from strength to strength.  Four tracks from the album. Awards include - Most Successful British & Irish Newcomer 2017 and Most Successful British Act 2017 – Hotdisc Country.

Location: The Crescent Bandstand. 



9.00pm Cafe Music Session-Michael E.Thomas

Popular local artist Michael  performing a set from his vast reportoire.

Location: 3hree Kings Cafe.  





Friday 27th July 2018.

12noon Children’s Red Sails Got Talent Registration                                    

DSC_0257Entries will be taken from 12 noon for the competition, which starts at 2.00pm. The competition is free to enter. There are two age categories 5-10 years and 11-16 years and there are prizes for the first three in each section. Dancers will need to provide a cd or pen drive with their dance music. Dance performance will be at the concrete area beside the bandstand and dance routines must be suitably safe to perform in this area.

Sponsored by Maxwell Freight Services

Location: The Crescent

2.00pm Children’s Red Sails Got Talent Show                                              

Red Sails Got Talent1Children's Karaoke, Poetry, Stand Up Comedy and Dancing have all featured in our annual competition in recent years. Compare-Will Reynolds. Town Hall booked as back up in event of poor weather.

Sponsored by Maxwell Freight Services

Location: The Crescent


3.00pm Cafe Music Session - Busker Dave

Dave McMechan (Busker Dave), has been resurrected and returns to the Red Sails playing both covers and originals. Expect John Prine, Bob Dylan and Britney Spears.

Location: Warkes Deli

4.00pm Street Theatre- Artist TBC

Organized by C.C. & G. Council as part of their Summer Entertainment programme.

Location: The Crescent

7.00pm Live Music-Celtic Soul-Van Morrison Tribute

Celtic Soul pay tribute to both The Man, and his music, by recreating the sounds that shaped a generation; this is like no other tribute band, more a band tribute to someone who combines poetry, mystical elements, deep personal feeling and an open soul into his works.

Location: The Crescent Bandstand


9.00pm Cafe Music Session- David Kelly

Married to Michelle & dad to Jordan, Daniel & Michael, David is a local singer / guitarist / musician who travels across the UK & Ireland with his 'Johnny Cash sin & redemption' show. Plays folk, gospel, blues & country styles in care homes, coffee shops & community hubs and plans to 'busk' his way across Europe with 'uplifting/inspirational' music as he's already
​been doing in Ireland.

Location : 3hreeKings Cafe. 

Saturday 28th July 2018.

Various Stalls at The Crescent

Craft & Collectables Fair In The Town Hall From 10am

Boat Trips Around The Bay-Aboard The Boy Matthew-Weather permitting

1.15pm Children’s Fancy Dress Parade Assembles at Atlantic Circle

Entry is free to children of all ages and there are great prizes to be won. The three fancy dress categories are Most Topical, Most Comical, and Prettiest.

Judging will take place at Atlantic Circle between 1.15pm and 1.45pm

1.45pm Parade leaves Atlantic Circle. Proceeds To Crescent

2.10 Fancy Dress Prize Giving

Also Included in the parade-The Friendship Band, Costumed Characters, festival king and Queen, Local Fire Engine and vintages cars.

Location: Crescent Bandstand

2.30pm Children’s Entertainment-Puppet Show-Punch And Judy

Recapture the magic of the seaside with traditional Punch & Judy - the world's most famous puppets. The show involves a riot of slapstick humour with that lovable rogue Mr Punch, the long suffering Miss Judy and a cast of other colourful characters. There is a large emphasis on audience participation and this act is popular with all ages.

Location: Crescent Bandstand


3pm-5pm Free Children's Face Painting

Provided by Facepainting By The Sea.

Location: The Crescent 




3.15pm Live Music-the Matchstickmen-Status Quo Tribute

This popular local band have performed several times at the festival, always delivering an excellent show of Quo fan favourite songs.


Location: Crescent Bandstand


7.00pm Live Music-The Simple Truth Band.

A two piece live band featuring Niall Mac and Tommy Hopkins. Since forming approx. 18 months ago The Simple Truth Band’s popularity has risen dramatically. Playing a mix of modern and classic songs that entertain all ages.


Location: Crescent Bandstand


8.00pm Victoria Lagan Dance and Drama (VLDD)

VLDD are officially the first (and only) studio in Northern Ireland qualified to put students through their associate teaching with NATD.

VLDD train all year long so they can do so many competitions, performances, exams and of course their annual performance at the amazing red sails festival!

Location: Crescent Bandstand

8.30pm The Banshee Irish Dancers

Our ever popular local adult Irish dancers are back again for another performance.



Location: Crescent Bandstand


8.50pm Red Sails Raffle Draw

£1000 First prize. Tickets available at our information stall at the crescent all week.

9.00pm Live Music-New Moon

Local legends Adrian and Clive Culbertson have assembled other top local artists to re-form New Moon, who were one of the first bands to play at the Red Sails Festival. They will be performing classic and original and country rock.

Location: Crescent Bandstand

10.30pm  Spectacular Fireworks Display-CC&G Summer Program Event

O’Hara’s Castle provides a wonderful background for one of the most popular and spectacular display’s in Ireland. Thanks to the Dominican College for the use of their grounds.