Music lovers from across the county and beyond were treated to a weekend of top quality entertainment with the first ever Shoreline Festival taking places on the banks of the River Erne.

Organised by Festive 4 Events the festival, which was sponsored by Pat’s Bar, brought an eclectic mix of music to the county.

Noelle McAloon from Enniskillen BID, who offered advice and support to the event organisers, was delighted with how the weekend went.

“The first Shoreline Festival in Enniskillen was a great success. The organisers of the event, Festive 4 Events have a huge amount of experience having just hosted their fifth Dergfest in Castlederg.

“Enniskillen BID were delighted to welcome the Shoreline Festival to our island town and I think everyone really embraced the outdoor festival atmosphere.

“The weather was perfect, the set up was professional and the line-up was just phenomenal. The crowds increased each night with a huge crowd turning out for the Country night with Lisa McHugh and Nathan Carter.”

Today FM’s Fergal D’Arcy kicked off the festival and he was followed by London rapper Tinchy Stryder who got the Friday night crowd into the mood very quickly.

Swedish DJ Basshunter headlined the Friday night and he really entertained the crowds with something completely new to Enniskillen with large numbers travelling from right across Northern Ireland to see him.

On Saturday it was up to local band The Hand Me Downs to get the crowd dancing early on in build up to headline act Scouting For Girls.

“Scouting for Girls was eagerly anticipated, and they didn’t let the ticket holders down – they performed an amazing set and the big local crowd were delighted with the Saturday night.”

The final night of the Festival was for the country music lovers as the ever-popular Lisa McHugh and Nathan Carter brought the weekend to a close.

“Sunday night attracted a huge number of families, regulars on the country scene and avid fans to the festival. A very different atmosphere to the other nights but absolutely buzzing.

“The crowds were in early to make sure they didn’t miss a second of Lisa and Nathan appeared to fully enjoy entertaining his local audience. Fr Brian D’Arcy was even spotted enjoying the fun!

“It was fantastic that each night several boats moored at the jetty beside the site to hear the artists! It added to the festival and with Enniskillen Castle in the background it really showed our town in its best light!

“With the success of the 2018 event plain to see organisers are already working on 2019.

“We will be supporting the Shoreline festival organisers so that it grows next year, and we will work to get this into the annual calendar of events for Enniskillen. Now who would you like to see on stage in the open air in Enniskillen next year?” added Noelle.