Derry’s world-famous Hallowe’en celebrations will be broadcast live on two major TV stations this year in a major coup for the festival’s organisers and a brilliant advertisement for the city.
‘Derry Girls’ actress Diona Doherty, and local singer-songwriter J.J.Ó Dochartaigh, have been lined up to present ‘Samhain Live!’ on TG4 and BBC2 from the Derry Walls on October 31.
Jerry Fish of An Emotional Fish and The Mudbug Club fame, meanwhile, will also feature on the live broadcast.
Some of the hottest acts on the Irish music scene have been booked to perform during the broadcasts, which will go out from 9.30 p.m. on TG4 and BBC 2.
As the broadcasters explain: “Samhain Live is a brand new groundbreaking live music and entertainment show that will be broadcast live from Derry City, home to the greatest Hallowe’en celebrations in the world!
“Samhain Live will bring you right into the heart of Derry’s Hallowe’en festival itself with music from some of Ireland’s top acts, including Le Galaxie, Jerry Fish, Gavin James, Saint Sister, Declan O’Rourke, Wyvern Lingo and ROE as well as experiencing the carnival-like atmosphere live from the streets complete with parade and fireworks.”
The programme aims to showcase Derry famous Hallowe’en festival to a national and international audience on a night when, as tradition would have it, the portal between this world and the Otherworld is breached.
Gatekeeper between the two worlds on the night will be the charismatic Mr. Fish, who will preside over the coverage of the best Hallowe’en celebrations in the world.