New Stripes and Stars Americana Festival launched tomorrow

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A spectacular Gathering Biker event involving 40 bikes will roar into The Delacroix tomorrow at 3pm as part of the long-awaited launch for this summer’s newest and most exciting festival - the Stripes and Stars Americana Festival.

This event, which kicks off at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday, March 26, will feature Americana rock music by Pulpit, followed by presentation by Mayor Colum Eastwood to the Best Bike at 4pm.

A fantastic bike parade will then proceed across Derry’s two bridges headed towards Bound for Boston in Waterloo Street at approximately 5pm.

Bound For Boston is the place to be tomorrow night, with an evening of amazing Americana music featuring some quality sounds from The Heads of State, Captain Kennedy, Wookalily and Sons of Caliber. Music will continue until until 1am.

The Stripes and Stars Americana event will take place in the city on July 1-2 this year and the programme for this innovative new festival will be available tomorrow at the launch.

The festival is sponsored by Budweiser and supported by Derry City Council, UK City of Culture, Culture NI, Derry Tourist Information Centre and the American Consulate.

The Stripes and Stars company is an Americana performing arts organisation which started in September 2010, aimed at promoting grassroots bands, musicians, artists, poets and generally anyone artistically inclined, alongside the cream of already existing Americana talent.

It aims to host an annual festival event in Derry on the weekend at or near American Independence Day, as well as events and workshops throughout the year. The overall aim of the event is to offer a platform for local Americana talent showcased alongside recognised Americana artists.

Director Martin Mullan is the local man behind the Stripes and Stars Americana Festival,.

He said of the inaugural event: “We are dedicated to enhancing the cultural landscape in Derry. Celebrating Americana in all its forms, we want to create a conversation which explores the contribution the Irish diaspora have made towards the development of Americana culture.

“The historical and cultural legacy of the latter forms a great part of the Stripes and Stars ethos in the celebration of Americana culture.”

So don’t miss tomorrow’s fun-filled launch event and an army of lovable bikers at The Delacroix at 3pm - it should be the beginning of an outstanding musical adventure!

For more information on the Americana Festival taking place this summer, see: