Music City will be making its mark on the map this weekend, with a massive three day celebration of international and local talent taking place in Derry, September 19-21.
Following on from the latest talent announcement for the MTV Crashes events which take over Ebrington Square on Friday and Saturday – it has been revealed that Sunday night’s Music City Showcase will include some top talent from closer to home.
The citywide programme will feature folk sensation Foy Vance, Dublin rock and roll sensations the Hot Sprocketts, acclaimed Derry singer-song-writer Paul Casey and a whole host of local names.
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, said she was thrilled to hear the line-up. “It’s fantastic that the Music Showcase will bring music to the city for a third night, and provide an alternative to the MTV Crashes event,” she declared.
“The weekend very much reflects Derry City Council’s aspirations for our Music City programme for 2014 in attracting top class artists to the city, and offering new platforms for local artists to bring their music to new audiences.
“There really is something to suit every musical taste over the course of the weekend, and while Friday and Saturday will have huge appeal for younger audiences, Sunday night covers all genres. This year Derry has firmly established its reputation as Music City, and this is the ideal time to come and see what the city is all about.”
On Sunday evening Bangor born folk sensation Foy Vance, who has toured with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Snow Patrol and Ed Sheerin while honing his own distinctive melancholic style, will play the atmospheric Glassworks venue.
Other artists on the programme will include the Hot Sprocketts from Dublin, whose revolutionary take on rock’n’roll has catapulted them on to the forefront of the Irish music scene, garnering plenty of recognition from the critics along the way. They will join Old Hannah at Sandino’s.
Derry will be well represented on the night by well-known local singer/song writer Paul Casey, who will take to the stage at the City Hotel, for a set that’s guaranteed to draw a dedicated crowd of local music fans.
Meanwhile the Playhouse will be packed with local talent, with top music courtesy of the Wood Burning Savages, the Wonder Villains and Glenn Rosborough and his band. And younger music fans will be turning out in force to see Britain’s Got Talent star Jordan O’Keefe at Pitchers Restaurant.
The weekend fun kicks off on Friday September 19 with the much anticipated MTV Crashes event at Ebrington, featuring Afrojack, Professor Green, Katy B and MNEK, hotly followed on Saturday night with an MTV Club DJ night, led by Chase and Status and DJ Fresh, with more talent still to be announced.
And to add to the musical mix over the weekend, as part of the Guinness Amplified line-up, Pablo n Red play Peadar O’Donnells on Saturday 20th September at 5pm, while Sandinos hosts Crow Black Chicken at the same time. On Sunday at 7pm the Metro welcomes the White Male Actors, followed at 8.30pm by Wild Promises.
Also taking place are a whole series of cultural events during Culture Night (Friday) and the CultureTECH digital festival (September 15-21) - so there really is no better time to visit the city. Accommodation for the weekend is filling fast but for information on remaining deals go to www.visitderry.com.