Last weekend’s ‘Woodstock Revisited’ has been hailed as a massive success by both organisers and music fans alike. Having attracted over 600 music fans from all over Derry, Donegal and far beyond, Woodstock Revisited looks set to become the stuff of local legend.
The ambitious musical extravaganza saw the historic St. Columb’s Hall filled with fans from 18 to 80 years old - with a particularly strong emphasis on the older generation who no doubt remember Woodstock from their heyday and came out in their droves. The opulent main hall, with its old-fashioned raised stage, proved the perfect venue.
Billy Campbell, owner of Masons Bar, was at the helm for this iconic recreation of Woodstock and he praised all involved in making it happen.
“Without a doubt, Woodstock was an incredible success and it was just brilliant to see so many people out enjoying themselves - it really was the only show in town that night! It just shows that collectively, we are capable of achieving great things”
“Woodstock was a great night for all the musicians involved too, as they got the chance to perform on that big stage in front of a huge audience.
“We couldn’t believe how many old hippies who came from around Derry too! We even had people coming from as far away as Dublin, Monaghan, Coleraine, even from Scotland, to be a part of it.”
Mr Campbell and Masons currently rent the Church-owned St. Columb’s Hall for a variety of events.
“It’s brilliant that we got to use St. Columb’s Hall for such an important event. It’s important that local promoters, musicians and event organisers know that this amazing city centre venue is here and crying out to be used. St. Columb’s Hall has such potential for all kinds of events.”
However, it’s not just musical events that Mr Campbell has planned for the city centre venue.
“We’re not just doing this for music, we also have World-Championship Kick-Boxing coming up on March 5, where two local fighters will be fighting for World Titles, and we’ll also host white-collar boxing, which will raise money for local charities.
“Ideally, we hope to look into other events that appeal to a wider range of people of all age groups,” he said.
Recreating legendary sets by the likes of The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker and Arlo Guthrie, Woodstock showcased some of the city’s finest musical talent. It also provided great value for money too.
“With people paying £10 for ten bands - that really was fantastic value for money,” Mr Campbell said. “Everybody who took part should be congratulated, from all the musicians to the security to staff, everyone done a great job and the night ran very smoothly without incident. It was an incredible night.”
Woodstock’s Musical Organiser Ryan O’Doherty is also on a high after the success of last week’s event.
“It’s been a great experience getting everyone together and working as a team to put on a truly memorable night,” Mr O’Doherty told the ‘Journal’.
“It’s a crying shame that St. Columb’s Hall has been lying unused for so long and we are just delighted to use it - this is what it was built for - putting on something special.
“And as a musician myself, I have to say it makes you proud to be a musician when you get the chance to play on a stage like that!”