Musical highlights at this year’s Culture Night

Derry’s reputation as a music city is set to strengthen with a host of music related events on offer next Friday when Culture Night 2013 takes place across the city.

Now in it’s fourth year, Culture Night 2013, in coordination with Derry City Council, is a European wide initiative in which local galleries, art spaces, historic buildings, creative businesses and spaces open their doors until late, offering free access to the city’s most important arts and cultural offerings.

An exciting array of events for both music lovers and music makers is set to take over the City of Song.

The Live Music Stage at the Guildhall Square will entertain culture seekers as the Jamhouse kicks off proceedings at 4.30pm with a line up boasting two of the hottest bands in the City of Culture, The Clameens and The Wood Burning Savages, both tipped for international stages according to the industry experts.

Local favourite performers SOLLUS will add dance, costume and lowland pipes until headliners, gipsy folk group, Balkan Alien Sound will commandeer the live stage from 7.15pm onwards.

Terence O’Kane, Project Officer with Derry City Council said: “Naturally music is featured heavily again in this year’s Culture Night programme and Guildhall Square will provide a stage to showcase a range of rich musical talent for which Derry-Londonderry is fast becoming recognised as the place of origin for many artists currently in the global arena.

“If it is a combination of music and acting you are looking for, Greater Shantallow’s Community Arts will debut their adaption of musical favourite ‘Grease is the World’, featuring some of the city’s most exciting new talents. If you are a rap fan, fear not, we have something for you too in the shape of a 17th century rap on the Easter Rising, Partition and Star Wars. Intrigued, come along to the Guildhall at 8.30pm for a special performance of ‘Planters, Paupers and Rebels.”

Featuring heavily in the programme this year, an organisation at the forefront of the creative arts industry in the town and facilitator of the immensely successful Music Promise in the Community, the Nerve Centre will be opening their doors for an access all areas evening.

Two streams of the programme will provide interactive items on the evening, ‘Sync’ offering a creative jamming sessions for all junior rockers or young beat mixers and ‘Resonate’ will offer ‘Audio Booth’, a pop up recording studio and the chance for those who want to record their original music for free and be a part of capturing the musical talent, energy legacy of the UK City of Culture year.

An Open mic session will be set up in next door’s Cafe Nervosa for those who want to perform out of the studio and in front of a live audience.

Music will fill the square at Ebrington with the highly anticipated instalment of Betrand Russell’s dynamic dance and live music show, a dark dramatization depicting the horrific acts of war in 20th and 21st Century.

For a full programme and details of the events of Culture Nights pick up a programme or download at