SLIDESHOW - Thousands revel at Derry’s Peace One Day concert

Thousands of revellers danced in Ebrington Square last night as the stars took to the stage for Derry’s Peace One Day extravaganza.

Thousands of revellers danced in Ebrington Square last night as the stars took to the stage for Derry’s Peace One Day extravaganza.

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - June 21th 2012. ''Peace One Day Concert, Ebrington Square, Derry-Londonderry. ''Photo Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - June 21th 2012. ''Peace One Day Concert, Ebrington Square, Derry-Londonderry. ''Photo Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography

The former army barracks came to life from just after 7 o’clock, and chart topper Pixie Lott was among a host of acts performing in front of almost 10,000 screaming fans.

Hollywood heart throb Jude Law, ambassador with Peace One Day, hosted the concert and gave the city his own seal of approval.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ the Oscar nominated actor said that Derry was a “city in transition” and said it was “brilliant to be in Derry, a vibrant city, which ticked all the boxes of what we are trying to do”.

He was speaking after introducing Derry band The Wonder Villains to the crowd to open the show at Ebrington Square.

The Hollywood A-lister said the choice of venue was in keeping with the ethos of Peace One Day.

“It’s apt that we are here in a former army barracks, with a Peace Bridge behind us, it shows that a transition to peace is possible.”

Those in the crowd included soccer star James McClean and Glee’s Damien McGinty.

The concert marks the beginning of the lead in to Derry’s City of Culture Year in 2013. Next week brings the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, the Clipper Round the World Race and Celtronic.

Sarah Doherty and Natalie McCrystal from Strathfoyle were among the thousands enjoying the concert last night. “It’s amazing to be here, the black clouds are overhead but even if it rains we don’t care!” they said.

More pics in the Sunday Journal