Local music fans labelled the performance of international indie rock band, Kasabian, in the Nerve Centre on Sunday as “Derry’s greatest ever” concert.
Fans of the Leicester based rockers flocked from far and wide to the small venue and after the concert was over hundreds of revellers gathered outside to sing Kasabian songs together.
Pearse Moore, Chief Executive of the Nerve Centre described the night as an “unforgettable experience”.
“The Nerve Centre is delighted to have been able to bring such a high profile act as Kasabian to Derry as part of Music City.
“Being able to see a band who later in the year are headlining Glastonbury up close and personal was a simply unforgettable experience,” he said.
The exclusive show saw the band take to the stage with a blizzard of modern rock anthems and a preview of the highly anticipated forth-coming album, with support from Waterford alt-rockers O Emperor.
One Derry fan, who managed to get his hands on a pair of the coveted tickets to the gig described it as an “amazing experience”.
Andrew Cassidy has been a fan of the band since they released their first album ten years ago and said seeing them for the first time in Derry was a dream come true.
“I’ve been a fan since the first album 10 years ago, so it was great to finally see them live and to hear them still playing songs from all their albums.
“The atmosphere was amazing, even before the band came on! You could tell it was a sell out crowd!
“There might have been a few raised eyebrows at the ticket price last night, but it goes to show that for the right bands, people will definitely pay the money.
“There are acts in the Odyssey charging in excess of £60-£70 for tickets, so to see this year’s Glastonbury headliners on your doorstep for £45 was an amazing experience, and one that I hope we can continue to have here in Derry,” he said.
Another Derry Kasabian fan called Aaron Bradley showed his approval after the gig when he took to social networking website Twitter.
“Kasabian should have a statue erected in our town - they were absolute legends.”
Christy McCamphill also beamed with approval after the concert.
“Kasabian absolutely killed it last night (Sunday) in Derry! Wish it was happening again tonight, definitely up their with the best gigs I’ve been to.”
Local kickboxing world champion, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley, was also at the concert.
“It was a great night and there was an amazing atmosphere.
“I’d definitely say it was Derry’s greatest concert ever,” he said.