Fest in the West is where it’s all happening in the lead up to the 15th of August! Community Engagement Officer for the Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Cathal Crumley explained, ‘throughout the next four weeks, a full range of activities for all the family will take place across the three Outer West neighbourhoods: Ballymagroarty-Hazelbank, the Glen and Rosemount. But undoubtedly the highlight of the summer programme will be the concert in the grounds of St Mary’s College, Northland Road, on August 15 with musical entertainment from the Clameens and the Cut Up Boys at a knock-out night-time concert for teens..
Cathal Crumley described Fest in the West as the community’s response to the scourge of traditional bonfires. He explained, ‘Fest in the West grew out of discussions with community representatives who recognised that it isn’t enough to just say no to bonfires. You have to offer an alternative -- programmes that appeal to young people and families and offer exciting, entertaining, safe alternatives. The programmes that the Fest in the West Committee, the Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and the three neighbourhood partnerships have put together reflect the types of activities that young families enjoy and the music that teenagers like. We listened to them and incorporated their input into the programmes. I want to commend the local neighbourhood partnerships who assembled imaginative programmes catering to all ages and interests. The time, creativity and hard work of the organisers is evident in the extensive range of activities on offer.’
Fest in the West Co-ordinator Mark Doherty described Fest In the West’s A2B teenage concert as the event that everyone is talking about and is an excellent mix of Fun and Fusion. Local legends the Clameens already have a dedicated fan base. Their style of upbeat pop rock , reminiscent of The Strokes and Kings of Leon, have made them one of the most hotly tipped acts from our shores evidenced by their having played support to the Undertones, Professor Green and Pete Doherty.
London based act The Cut Up Boys are one of the hottest live acts on the international festival and club circuit. Blending together a range of musical genres including House, Drum n Bass, Trance, Electro, Breakbeat, Hip Hop, Indie, R+B, Hardcore and Dubstep into free flowing mash-ups, the Cut Up Boys’ fourteen albums for the Ministry of Sound have all gone gold, with six going to number 1 in the charts. Their sensational albums and hundreds of Radio 1 mixes have guaranteed huge crowds of fans at their live performances from Dublin to Dubai. Known as the ‘Kings of the Mash UP,’ the Cut Up Boys are currently one of the hottest bands around.’
A number of other top class Irish bands and DJ’S including Conchur Mc Cartney Aztek,DJ Mollyand DJ Shay Whelan will accompany Cut Up Boys in what should prove to be a fantastic night of Music and Entertainment for local teenagers. Speaking ahead of the event Mark Doherty explained how the event has been organised by local young people from the Outer West area in conjunction with a number of statutory and community organisations.
This initiative came about as a result of residents seeking alternatives to the annual bonfire mayhem which has been occurring in the weeks leading up to the 15th August. The event is designed to create a fun and safe environment for young people to gather. The event will be staffed by SIA trained staff and we are also providing a free shuttle bus which will be in operation from 4.30 pm until 12pm on the evening, The buses will be picking up and dropping off in Rosemount, Creggan Rd, Foyle springs, Hazelbank and Ballymagroarty throughout the night. Check out the Fest In the West facebook for more information and to find out how to secure wristbands for the event, Registration bands are available in BHCP offices 2 Dunluce court. RRC Westway and GDI at Glenview community centre Cedar St,
Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board Chairman Dermot O’Hara said, ‘I would encourage the young people of the area to participate in as many of the activities offered by their local neighbourhoods and to come along to St Mary’s College grounds of the 15th of August to enjoy some great craic and music. Even better, come along and celebrate as a community -- see what positive impact your participation can have.’ I would like to acknowledge the contribution and funding support of Arts Council NI/ Derry City Council legacy Fund. Policing and Community Safety Partnership and Apex Housing for their support for our programme this year.
Fest in the West takes place on August 15. Admission is free. This is a non-alcohol event.