Fighting With Wire host huge farewell festival

Cahir O'Doherty and fellow FWW bandmates Jamie King and Craig McKean will call it a day with one hell of a farewell festival this weekend!
Cahir O'Doherty and fellow FWW bandmates Jamie King and Craig McKean will call it a day with one hell of a farewell festival this weekend!

One of Derry’s best known bands, Fighting With Wire, will bid their fans farewell this Saturday, September 28 - with a huge all-day, all-ages festival to mark the occasion.

Cut The Transmission will see a plethora of bands take to the Venue stage - many of whom featured in or played a part of FWW’s decade together on the road, including label-mates from Smalltown America and Xtra Mile Recordings.

The ‘Journal’ caught up with FWW front-man Cahir O’Doherty to find out more about this weekend’s festival and the reasons for calling it a day. Cahir is joined in FWW by drummer Craig McKean and bassist Jamie King.

“Fighting With Wire were ten years-old in June past and this really is our last ever gig,” he says.

“The time was right to call it a day, and that’s why we picked this bill - it’s all bands who share a huge sense of community. We all come from a very DIY background and have poured our blood, sweat and tears into our music, so it really is a coming together of musicians who share the same mindset.

“We’ve had such an amazing journey over the past ten years,” the 36 year-old vocalist and guitarist went on. “We were signed to Atlantic Records, one of the biggest labels in the world, and we have two albums that we’re very proud of, as well as countless other things that we never have expected to happen.

“We made the most of every opportunity that came our way and so we’re just happy to call it a day now and move on to other projects musically. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, but there’s so much more to do.”

Among the bands lined up for Saturday are headliners Frank Turner (who Cahir is collaborating with nowadays) And So I Watched You From Afar, LaFaro, More Than Conquerors, Little Hooks, Droids, Wood Burning Savages, and more.

“This is a big party celebrating 10 years of Fighting With Wire so we’re inviting the city to come see some great bands,” Cahir added.

“It will be a whole festival of non-mainstream alternative rock, so tell your friends, tell everyone!”

Tickets, priced £20, are still available via the Millennium Forum: www.millenniumforum.co.uk.