Beach Boys bring California summer fever to Derry

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A bit of California summer came to Ebrington Square last night when the Beach Boys took to the stage at Ebrington as part of the Legenderry Maritime Festival.

Up to 6,000 music revellers, many in Hawaiian shirts and shades, rocked to the sounds of “I Get Around,” “Good Vibrations” and “California Girls”, when the 1960’s band blasted out all their hits during a two-hour long set.

Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson hailed the concert a huge success saying it was another memorable night for the city.

“The Beach Boys were fantastic, they put on a great show and everyone seemed to be enjoying it. There was a great atmosphere, with everyone in party fever and singing along to all those well-known hits. The weather wasn’t great but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands of people at Ebrington. It was amazing to see the welcome the crew of the Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew received when they got on the stage.

“The party is set to continue for the rest of the weekend as we get ready to say goodbye to the Clipper Race fleet when they depart from the Quay on Sunday morning from 10.30am,” she commented.

Oonagh McGillion, Legacy Director with Derry City Council, who was involved in bringing the Beach Boys to the city, was delighted with last night’s gig. “It was a huge success for everyone involved. The concert had a broad appeal and it was fantastic to see so many people from all generations soaking up the sounds of the Beach Boys and getting into the spirit of the occasion. The success of the event shows once again the city’s ability to host major outdoor events and attract international acts and be a Music City.”

The Legenderry Maritime Festival is set to continue throughout the weekend with a range of water and Quay side activities taking place. Among the highlights is the Saturday evening finale event which includes a pirates party along the Quay from 6pm before a pyrotechnic display on the river and a fiery battle between two pirate ships at 10pm.

The Parade of Sail and departure of the Clipper Race yachts will take place on Sunday morning from 10.30 am with the boats getting ready along the Quay to being their departures from 11 am. The boats are expected to arrive in Greencastle, Co Donegal, from 2pm ahead of the Red Arrows display and race start at 2.45pm.

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