Local artists will have the opportunity to compete for the chance to support one of the most famous names in music this summer, when the Beach Boys bring some good vibrations to the Banks of the Foyle on June 26, during the LegenDerry Maritime Festival.
A competition is being run by Derry City Council, and the concert is one of the main highlights in a packed nine day programme of events running from June 21-29. Up to 100,000 visitors are expected to descend on the city for the nautical celebrations.
The event has been organised as part of the council’s Legacy Programme for 2014, which this year takes Music City as its theme, celebrating the city’s wealth of musical talent. Announcing the competition, Legacy Director with Derry City Council, Oonagh McGillion, urged local performers to send in their entries.
“I am thrilled to be able to open this opportunity up to local artists, the Beach Boys are one of the most influential bands in American music, and we are delighted to be able to bring them to the city,” she said.
“I don’t think there is a generation that isn’t familiar with the Beach Boys massive catalogue of hits, and to be able to share a stage with the band is such an exciting opportunity. Following on from our City of Culture year, we have seen the calibre of our local musicians and we continue in our commitment to supporting that talent. I would urge local artists to submit their entries, and take the opportunity to showcase their music alongside such a legendary act.”
This is the second in a series of opportunities being offered by the council for local artists to enhance their profile and reach new audiences. The competition is open to both solo artists and bands, and open to all genres of music.
Entries should take the form of a song (file size less than 10mb), a link to online media (ie. SoundCloud) or a link to a performance video (ie. YouTube), along with a short biography and a brief description of how this opportunity could benefit your career. All entrants must be from the Derry and Strabane area, and must have previous live experience. Deadline for entries is June 12.
For more information on how to enter go to www.derrycity.gov/uk/legacy, and all entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
The council recently came under fire for asking musicians to showcase their abilities by playing for free during the festival.