Rugby club could become venue for major Derry gigs

Lee Matthews Scrums Down with from left Ivan Parkhill(Institute) & Moss Dineen, Neil Stewart & Les Allen(CDRFC)
Lee Matthews Scrums Down with from left Ivan Parkhill(Institute) & Moss Dineen, Neil Stewart & Les Allen(CDRFC)
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City of Derry Rugby Club could become the city’s major outdoor concert venue post the City of Culture year, it’s been claimed.

In a joint venture with Institute Football Club, City of Derry this week officially launched ‘Country comes to City.’

Lee Matthews Kicks for Touch, Looking on is Moss Dineen(CDRFC), Ivan Parkhill(Institute) & Neil Stewart & Les Allen(CDRFC)

Lee Matthews Kicks for Touch, Looking on is Moss Dineen(CDRFC), Ivan Parkhill(Institute) & Neil Stewart & Les Allen(CDRFC)

Headlined by Nathan Carter the summer show will bring around 5,000 country fans to Judges Road on June 14 next year.

Club official Moss Dineen said both clubs were keen to work together to explore new revenue streams.

“This is the first time the two clubs have come together in this way in the city.

“We’ve seen a loss of revenue over recent years and have had to look at other ways of generating income,” he said.

“The Waterside has been crying out for an iconic events space and the club is confident we can deliver that.

“Both clubs operate on a cross community basis and wanted to give people a unity of purpose, events like Country Comes to City is a positive step in that direction.”

He also revealed the club was close to hosting this year’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend before the organisers settled on Ebrington Square.

“That experience has given us the confidence to look at planning and putting on major events here,” he said.

The Country gig is not the only major event on the cards for 2014. The club is also among the venues to play host the Pan Celtic Festival at Easter 2014 .

“We hope to welcome back a lot of people who were at Judges Road during the Fleadh,” he said.

The rugby club received widespread praise for its role and organisation during the Fleadh - more than 1,000 campers set up base at Judges Road during the festival.

He said the club was confident it could put on events on a similar scale to One Big Weekend.

“There is no reason why we shouldn’t be looking at events of that size in the future,” he said.

This weekend Lee Matthews - who will support Nathan Carter next June - plays at Judges Road after the club’s game with Old Crescent.

You can get tickets online for ‘Country comes to City’ online at www.watersidetheatre.com or from City of Derry Rugby Club, priced at £16.50.