Villagers play the Guildhall

Mercury Award nominees Villagers, fronted by acclaimed songwriter, Conor O’ Brien, will take to the stage of the Guildhall on Friday December 13.

Previously nominated for a Mercury Award in 2010 thanks to their outstanding debut ‘Becoming a Jackal,’ Villagers have once again been nominated for the 2013 Mercury Music Awards.

This makes the band the first Irish act to be shortlisted twice. The winner will be announced in London on Oct 30th so the band’s first ever Derry gig could be a celebratory one.

Conor O’Brien has won numerous awards for his lyrics and music, most notably the prestigious 2011 Ivor Novello award he collected for best song musically and lyrically for his hit, ‘Becoming a Jackal.’

In March Villagers played two sold-out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and more recently Conor O’Brien was invited to appear at Beck’s Song Reader Live at The Barbican in London, alongside Jarvis, Franz Ferdinand, Charlotte Gainsbourg and others.

Conor performed his own sensitive version of “Old Shanghai” which was hailed as a standout of the evening by The Independent and also performed a duet with Beck on closing song “Do We, We Do”.

The band have have had a very busy summer with appearances at Longitude, T in the Park, Latitude, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Leeds/Reading and Pukkelpop Festivals. It seems that year will culminate with a fantastic gig in Derry’s Guildhall.

Full bar facilities will be available on the night. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster and Cool Discs in Foyle Street.

For more information please call 028 71260770.