A swell time in store as Riptide comes to Derry

The Riptide Movement
The Riptide Movement

Tonight will see Irish rock band ‘The Riptide Movement’ send a current through the crowds as they headline the Maritime Festival’s main outdoor concert at Ebrington.

There are still a limited number of £5 tickets for the evening event at Ebrington Square with local legend Paul Casey also on the bill as well Little Mammoths.

Enjoying the entertainment at the Foyle Maritime Festival on Saturday in Guildhall Square.

Enjoying the entertainment at the Foyle Maritime Festival on Saturday in Guildhall Square.

Members of Irish album chart toppers The Riptide Movement said they can’t wait to take to the stage in Derry this evening.

The band were speaking after recently shooting a video for their new album at the Rio Grande outside El Paso in Texas and ahead of the launch of their new single ‘Elephant In the Room?’ next week.

Looking ahead to Friday night’s headline concert organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, guitarist JP Dalton says: “We have a good few fans up this way who are always asking when we are coming back so we’re looking forward to being reacquainted with them at the Maritime Festival.”

Having previously gigged in Sandinos and at Glasgowbury, The Riptide Movement’s last Derry performance was in the Memorial Hall, one of the venues where RTE filmed Other Voices in 2014.

CLIPPER PERFORMANCE. . . . . .The Seo Linn Band pictured with some of the young people taking part in Monday's two day Workshop at An Culturlann. The young people learnt skills to perform live with the group as part of the Clipper Prizegiving Celebrations in Guildhall Square on Wednesday night. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

CLIPPER PERFORMANCE. . . . . .The Seo Linn Band pictured with some of the young people taking part in Monday's two day Workshop at An Culturlann. The young people learnt skills to perform live with the group as part of the Clipper Prizegiving Celebrations in Guildhall Square on Wednesday night. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

With the Maritime Festival now in full swing this weekend, the Dublin four-piece are keen to get some nautical action when they’re in town.

“Big time, it looks deadly!” Dalton said. “If someone wants to bring me out on a speedboat or anything moderately fast while we’re up there, I would be delighted. The boat festivals are pretty different to normal street festivals with all the racing and seafood, but this looks like a cracker, with the tall ships, punt races, raft races, kayaks, the whole city will be out for this one.”

So just what can fans expect when the band takes to the stage on Friday night? Dalton said: “We’re first and foremost a live band, so they can expect a full on rock-n-roll dancing show, with some new instruments and new material that we’ve been working on.

“Mal, our singer, has also been practising his stage diving, so you have been warned in case you need to go to the gym to build up some strength, there is still time!”

Having blown the Irish music scene wide open in 2014 with their Number One, gold-selling album ‘Getting Through’, a string of Top 10 singles and various sold-out headline tours, The Riptide Movement - comprising Malachy Tuohy (vocals, piano and guitar), John Dalton (guitar), Gerry McGarry (bass & harmonica) and Gar Byrne (drums & percussion) – will release their new album on October 21st.

Tickets for The Riptide Movement concert tonight are priced £5 but concert-goers are advised to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment as there is only a limited number available. To book go to: www.foylemaritimefestival.com or telephone the Millennium Forum Box Office on 028 71 264455.