With only two weeks to go until thousands of music fans descend upon Ebrington for the eagerly anticipated MTV Crashes Derry concerts, pressure is mounting on MTV to announce the final line-up.
Earlier this week a Twitter account, claiming to be tweeting messages from MTV Crashes HQ in London, said that an “awesome” announcement would be made on Thursday (yesterday) but sources told the Journal yesterday afternoon that there would not be an update until next week at the earliest.
Journal sources have suggested that world famous rapper, Eminem could be the headline performer, with support from Dr. Dre.
Eminem revealed last Monday (August 25) that he would be releasing a compilation album titled, ‘Shady XV’ on November 28.
One of those lucky enough to get tickets for the event, which sold out in 60 seconds, said because the final line-up had not been confirmed she might not attend the concert.
“Yes, I am without a doubt thinking about not going! I was lucky enough to get tickets for both nights and now I’m just thinking it is such a farce,” said Sarah McGowan via the Derry Journal’s Facebook page.
Deborah Morrison joked: “It sounds like Garth Brooks all over again.”
However, Journal reader, Gavin Bradley suggested that everyone be patient.
“The promoters are obviously in discussions with acts and can’t announce names until everything is finalised, give over and have patience.”
Jordan Ryan said: “I think it’s definitely going to be a big disappointment - I hope I am wrong but I am not holding out much hope.”
MTV Crashes Derry will take place from September 19 to 21. Confirmed performers so far include Professor Green and MNEK.
The Derry Journal did ask both Derry City Council and MTV for a comment but at the time of going print they had not replied.
Meanwhile, the entertainment license for the MTV concerts was granted by Derry City Council’s Environmental Services Committee during their September meeting yesterday (Thursday).
In documents presented to the committee, it emerged that there were no objections lodged in response to the public notices advertised locally concerning the events at Ebrington from September 19th to 21, “including the two MTV concerts”.
The applicant- Derry City Council itself- said it was seeking approval in “relation to a two or three night outdoor music event” and was also referred to the Foyle Area Commander Jon Burrows, who has similarly raised no objection.
The license was granted for between the hours of 10am through until midnight on each of the three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.