No Rock the Lough this year – but we will be back insist organisers

TAKING A BREAK...Music fans enjoying last year's Rock the Lough event

TAKING A BREAK…Music fans enjoying last year’s Rock the Lough event

OXEGEN did it. Glastonbury did it. And this year Rock The Lough is doing it.  For the first time in close to 12 years, the annual music event will not take place in August.

Held annually in the Bush Bar in Enniskillen, the event has raised close to £70,000’ – and traditionally took place on the final bank holiday in August.


Do not fret, however,  because organisers say that it will be back at the same time next year.

“We’ve decided to give ourselves, the pubic and the bands a break,” a spokesman explained.

Routinely, dozens of bands performed on the Sunday before August’s final bank holiday, from early in the day, until early the next morning.

“We’ve been doing it since 2001, and it seems to take over our summers every year. We’ve decided to have a year where we can get on with things in our own lives.”

The spokesman noted that the event always attracted over 1000 people – and acknowledged that there will be disappointment.

“Some people will be disappointed, but there are places that want to put events on that weekend,” he said.

“There will be live music in town that weekend because people are used to it. It just won’t be ‘Rock The Lough’ this year. It’s just a year off. We said this year we’d take the summer off and keep it for ourselves.


“People might find that they want it more when they don’t have it for a year – we’re hoping anyway.”

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