MTV Crashes puts Derry on ‘music map’

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Thousands of music fans packed into Ebrington Square last night for the final big night of the MTV Crashes Derry concerts.

English electric music duo, ‘Chase and Status’ pleased fans with a live rendition of ‘Blind Faith’ and there were also top class performances from English drum and base DJ, DJ Fresh.

The scene at first of two MTV Crashes at Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.09.14

The scene at first of two MTV Crashes at Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.09.14

On Friday evening, young music fans crossed Derry’s Peace Bridge in their thousands to see acts such as Afrojack, Professor Green, MNEK and Neon Jungle all take to the impressive MTV Crashes stage.

Mayor of Derry, Brenda Stevenson, said she was delighted with the way the concert was received.

“I am delighted - I think it shows Derry can stand on its own two feet and we don’t have to compare ourselves to Belfast.

“Professor Green gave a shout-out to the Mayor and to Derry City Council - we were all over the moon.

The crowd and Guildhall pictured at first of two MTV Crashes at Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.09.14

The crowd and Guildhall pictured at first of two MTV Crashes at Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.09.14

“There’s a great buzz around the city. We have had CultureTECH, the DANI Awards, Culture Night and now MTV Crashes all this weekend. It’s a great chapter for Derry,” she added.

Derry SDLP councillor, Shauna Cusack, was at Friday’s concert and she described it as ‘world class’.

“I think if MTV Crashes and last year’s Radio One’s Big Weekend have told us anything is that there is an appetite in Derry for this type of world class concert,” she said.

Sinn Fein councillor, Elisha McCallion who chaired the Derry City Council Development Committee which helped to bring the concert to the city described the event as a “real success”.

The crowd pictured at first of two MTV Crashes at Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.09.14

The crowd pictured at first of two MTV Crashes at Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 19.09.14

“I think it puts Derry on the music map and hopefully this kind of event will become the norm in our city - it was a real success,” she said.