Trade ‘doubled’ during weekend

Bronagh Gallagher performing at the Other Voices Concert in the Glassworks, Derry, as part of the City of Culture 2013 celebrations.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
Bronagh Gallagher performing at the Other Voices Concert in the Glassworks, Derry, as part of the City of Culture 2013 celebrations.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

The owner of a Derry pub has revealed that trade during the Other Voices weekend doubled in three days.

The owner of a Derry pub has revealed that trade during the Other Voices weekend doubled in three days.

Billy Campbell, owner of Mason’s Bar and the lease-holder of The Glassworks said: “The weekend couldn’t have worked out better for us. Our normal trade doubled over the three days.

“I’ve been in touch with a number of bars around the town and they were all packed as well – they are astounded at the level of trade.

“It’s been great to have The Glassworks associated with something like Other Voices and now we aim to have it as a venue for many more events to come in the future.”

The pubs, bars and hotels of Derry came alive in a weekend of top-class music came to the city courtesy of Other Voices. The series of concerts in the Glassworks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday along with the Music Trail proved a bonanza for the city’s publicans, shop-owners, businessmen and hoteliers with packed bars, fully booked and a buzz right throughout the city.

Derry was seen and heard across the world via social media and online streaming supported by BT Infinity. The pubs and bars were alive with people on the Music Trail watching live music as well as the action from the Glassworks streamed to venue across the city.

Other Voices Executive Producer Philip King said: “Other Voices received a great warm welcome from the people of Derry the question I have been asked most over the last 24 hours by musicians, fans, concert goers our crew of almost 100 and by the business community of the city is, ‘please, can we do this all over again?’

“The economic value to the city is very significant with 100% occupancy rates in the usually very slow month of February. The city was made visible to the world over the weekend on many platforms.

“There is a message going out to the world that this is indeed a considerable place and a place worth considering. As for doing it again well it’s sort of a no brainer really.....”

Culture Company 2013 Chief Executive Shona McCarthy said the success of the Other Voices weekend had exceeded all expectations. “This city was buzzing all weekend, one which will live on in the minds of everyone who was here for many years to come.”

“It was such a thrill to see the city centre thriving with the pubs and clubs packed with music lovers all out having a wonderful time. City of Culture is about providing amazing entertainment, but there is a wider economic benefit which stems from that and I think that is now evident to anyone who was out and about in Derry~Londonderry city centre over the past few days.”

Odhran Dunne, Interim Chief Executive of the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau, said that hotel occupancy in the city had exceeded expectations.

“Even though Other Voices is all about an intimate venue, the weekend did have strong hotel occupancy for Friday and in particular Sunday night,” he said.

Linda Neill, Sales and Marketing Manager of the City Hotel, said: “Other Voices was an excellent event to see in the city. The event not only showcased local talent and shone the spotlight on Derry once more, it also brought a significant number of visitors which resulted in the hotel being very busy from Friday to Sunday. We also witnessed an increase in the visitors dining in the bar and restaurant. Overall this event had a very positive impact on the City Hotel.”