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Local musicians take to the stage for Christian music festival

Rams Pocket Radio, aka Peter McAuleyLOCAL musicians, including Nathan Jess, Rams Pocket Radio and Duke Special will be taking to the stage at Fuel 11 this weekend.

Fuel 11, the Christian arts and music festival is now in its fourth year and will be held at Ballymena North Recreation Centre this weekend (August 19-21).

Joining Hillsborough musician Nathan Jess on the main stage are Starfield, Charlie Hall, Gungor, Mike Farris, Foy Vance, Brian Houston, Rend Collective Experiment, Seabird, Paper Route and Dweeb.

Lisburn musician Rams Pocket Radio, aka Peter McAuley, will be performing in the Fringe tent, alongside New Zealand hip hop band Rapture Ruckus, Norway's Humming People, Lee Mitchell and Paul Shevlin.

The festival has an engaging and relevant seminar program and are excited that one of the speakers for the whole weekend is Shane Claiborne, author of 'The Irresistible Revolution' and 'Jesus for President'.

The Ground Acoustic Café runs all weekend hosted by Brian Houston, with some fantastic artists like Aaron Boyd from Bluetree, and features two very special late night performances from Foy Vance and Duke Special.

There will be a special free Saturday morning from 9.30am - 12.30pm with teaching from Shane Claiborne and Mitch as well as worship led by Mark Tedder and Band.

The weekend program includes workshops for drums, VJs & visuals in worship, worship leaders as well as community workshops leading to a festival performance by some local kids.

Access to most of the daytime activities up to 6pm is free and there will be activities onsite for the whole family including bouncy castles and face painting for children. Under 12's are free for the whole festival.

Tickets, priced from £20, are sale how from Tickets are also available on the door.

Fuel 11 is presented by Fuel Events, a non profit organisation with charitable status. Festival partners include Compassion, Fields of Life and Tearfund.

Ulster Star