Ebrington Bunker rave ‘huge success’

A section of the 1,200-strong crowds pictured at the Bunker at Ebrington on Easter Monday night.
A section of the 1,200-strong crowds pictured at the Bunker at Ebrington on Easter Monday night.

A major dance music event held at Ilex’s new underground car park has been hailed as a massive success.

Local events company Jika Jika said demand for tickets was so great that they could have sold twice the 1,200 issued.

However Ilex, the local company which constructed the car park at a cost of £5.5m, said that there were no plans to make it a regular events arena. A spokeswoman said: “We haven’t intended it as such.

“We get all kinds of approaches from event organisers for the site in general, and we consider each as it arises.”

James Crossan, who runs Jika Jika with Stephen Porter and Debbie Porter, said the event, headlined by German DJ Marcel Dettmann, was a huge success. Jika Jika renamed the car park ‘The Bunker’ for the event.

“It was amazing and we are really, really happy with how it went. The place looked amazing- we spent quite a lot of money on the production. It really looked the part and it was a big success.

German DJ Marcel Dettmann manning the decks at The 'Bunker' underground car park at Ebrington on Monday.

German DJ Marcel Dettmann manning the decks at The 'Bunker' underground car park at Ebrington on Monday.

“It was just an idea we had and we gave it a go and it really did work. I’ll definitely be looking to do another there. If all other parties were keen to do it, I’d be more than happy.

“It was something different and everyone kind of grabbed on to it. There were 1,200 people there and we could have sold another 1,200 tickets.

“We had quite a big artists and he himself said it was amazing. He was buzzing.”

Mr Crossan said that despite the massive crowd, “everyone was so well-behaved”.There wasn’t one bit of bother at it.”

The car park at Ebrington the day after the dance music event.

The car park at Ebrington the day after the dance music event.

The Journal revealed earlier this year how the Derry public were not be allowed to use the publicly-funded car park. A spokeswoman for Ilex said there were no plans to change the status of the car park, with use currently restricted to those based at Ebrington and their visitors.