Young people to hit the decks with MTV concert DJs

Tickets for MTV Crashes will be available to buy from 9am on Saturday
Tickets for MTV Crashes will be available to buy from 9am on Saturday

Young music enthusiasts will have the chance to sign up for a one-day DJ School with some of those performing at next weekend’s concerts.

Those taking part will use cutting edge digital technology to produce original music tracks a special Music Dome which will take over Guildhall Square throughout the weekend.

The event, which takes place on Saturday, September 20th from 12pm to 4pm, and is aimed at 12 to 18-year-olds interested in the art of DJing, rapping and production .

Sixty places will be available for a series of one-hour sessions led by local music organisation Bounce.

Those taking part can create a track which they can then download from a Podcast.

Club MTV DJs will be on hand on the day to advise and share insights with attendees ahead of their performance at the Club MTV DJ event at Ebrington.

Director of Legacy with Derry City Council, Oonagh McGillion, said: “It’s so exciting that through Council’s Music City programme for 2014 we are able to team up with MTV to deliver this one off experience in the Music City 2014 Dome.

“The DJ School offers a unique opportunity for creative young people to try their hand at composing an original music track using the latest technology.

“Creating new opportunities for emerging talent and equipping our young people with new creative skills is very much part of the legacy from our 2013 Culture Year, and the Music Dome will provide a completely alternative experience for those interested in producing their own music.”

Children and young people’s officer with the Council, Gemma Scarlett, added: “This is such a unique event and our programme aims to offer positive experiences for local young people which will both inspire and motivate.

“The opportunity to work with MTV is absolutely fantastic, and I know the places will be snapped up really quickly so I would urge aspiring young artists to book now to avoid disappointment.”

The 11-metre impressive Music Dome space will also feature a number of special, 360-degree screenings as part of the city’s CultureTech Festival, including some live music events.

It will take over Guildhall Square throughout the weekend.

This is the second youth event being run in association with MTV, following a successful workshop day in the Nerve Centre last month.

The MTV Club DJ School is in keeping with the packed three day music programme taking place from September 19 – 21, including Friday evening’s MTV Crashes event, Saturday’s MTV Club night, and Sunday night’s citywide Music Trail.

Also taking place at a number of venues throughout the city over the weekend are a number of CultureTech events including gaming tournaments, seminars, exhibitions, music and special screenings – all with a distinctly digital flavour.

Meanwhile Friday night is Culture Night, featuring a wide range of indoor and outdoor interactive events showcasing the city’s diverse cultural talent, including art workshops and exhibitions, cultural traditions, museum visits, dance, film, literature, circus skills and more.

Places in the Club MTV DJ Music School cost £3, and for more information on the event and to book a place e-mail: