Derry once again proved itself as a world class venue for hosting major music events after the staging of MTV Crashes in the city this weekend, according to the city’s mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson.
Twenty thousand music fans packed Ebrington Square over two nights for the landmark event which saw chart topping names like Professor Green, MNEK, and Afrojack take to the stage on the banks of the Foyle.
The concert was one of the most hotly anticipated events to take place here since last year’s City of Culture celebrations.
The Mayor said she was extremely proud of the city for successfully hosting an international music event of this scale and featuring some of the biggest names in the music and dance industry.
Three young local DJs, a-15-year-old DJ duo Callum Porter and Mark Kivelehan, and 22-year-old Erika Lauren also got the chance of a lifetime when they performed the warm-up on Saturday evening with their DJ set.
Mayor Stevenson said the weekend events were among the highlights of the city’s Music City 2014 celebrations.
Speaking after the event, the Mayor said it was hugely successful, and generated a great atmosphere while showcasing the city’s ability to host large scale music events.
“The atmosphere in the city over the weekend has been unbelievable,” she said.
“Once again Derry has welcomed a whole host of international stars for a fantastic showcase event for the region, and local music fans have enjoyed a full programme of top class entertainment as part of Music City 2014 celebrations. It has been a very successful partnership arrangement between MTV, Derry City Council, Ilex and NITB and we are delighted that the two gigs were such a success.
“The fact that we also had Culture Night and the CultureTech Festival running over the course of the weekend, meant that there was a diverse range of events to suit all ages and tastes. I would like to thank all our partners and everyone involved in ensuring that the weekend’s events were such a success,” she added.
Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy with Derry City Council, said she was delighted the music celebrations continued right through the weekend.
Mayor Stevenson concluded by extending her thanks to everyone who was involved in any way in making the event such a success.
“Without the support of the people on the ground such as the emergency services, cleansing teams and volunteers, we could not make events of this scale possible, so a big thank you to everyone for their tireless efforts in the run up to and during the event,” said the Mayor.