Monday, 26 September 2011

Rhianna comes to the fields outside Bangor

First Eminem and now Rihanna - you'd be forgiven for thinking the seaside town of Bangor has rather inexplicably become some kind of Mecca for international superstars ...

And the unexpected visitor managed to bring the traffic to a standstill.
Fans flocked from far and wide once word started to circulate that they might be able to catch a glimpse of the singer.
So why Bangor? Well, why not!
Rihanna's actually filming her latest music video for We Found Love, with Calvin Harris. And for about 50 locals, there was even the chance to appear as extras.
Who is your women?? I like like her Rug, Tartan must be in!

Next up for the chart-topping sensation is a three-night run at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, as part of her Loud tour - where she's expected to perform hit singles Only Girl (In The World) and What's My Name.
And her Bangor co-star Calvin Harris will actually be providing the support.
Later this year, Rihanna could also be among the world-famous faces performing at the MTV
European Music Awards in Belfast - she's been nominated in the Best Pop category.

One of the world's biggest selling pop stars Rihanna has swapped her normally glamorous surroundings for a bucolic backdrop near Bangor in County Down, 4 minites from Whitethorn Cottage

The 23-year-old sex symbol was shooting her new video ahead of three concerts in Belfast later this week.

A number of callers to the BBC said that traffic practically ground to a halt near Ballyrobert as drivers strained to get a glimpse of the singer and her cavalcade.

Hundreds of people also gathered by the roadside to watch the improptu performance with many local schoolchildren using their camera phones to record the event for posterity.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Summer fun

To round off and brilliant summer of fun we had the last Night of the Proms in the Park.
Thousands enjoyed an evening of classical and contemporary music in the grounds of Bangor's Castle
Park. It featured Northern |Ireland's own Barry Douglas on piano, the Ulster Orchestra,under the baton of David Braphy and the acclaimed singer/songwriter declan O'Rourke.
Ahead of her performance at BBC Proms in the Park, Lesley Garrett said: "I am very much looking forward to returning to Northern Ireland and Bangor Castle in particular where I have always been made so welcome by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience. I can't think of a better way of spending a late summer's evening with wonderful fellow artists and musicians celebrating the end of the Proms."
Multi award-winning pianist Barry Douglas said: "It is a great thrill to perform at the Proms in the Park and I am really looking forward to it."
 Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden told us that his Mother was from Northrn Ireland, from Helen's bay, Co Down.
Giant screens meant that concert goers were able to view sections of the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall and simultaneous live events in Scotland,Wales and England marking the end of the world's largest classical music festival. Even the weather was brilliant.