Derry 2.0 *Showcase Music at Nerve Centre

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural *Showcase Music event, the Nerve Centre is delighted to announce the return of the FREE! music industry development flagship. The day promises to introduce aspiring music industry entrepreneurs, music creatives, bands and production professionals to the diverse and rapidly changing world of music in the 21st Century.

Industry Speakers include: Cahir O’Doherty - Fighting With Wire /, Paul Hamill - BBC radio / Inflyte Records / Psycatron, Rory Campbell - Forde Campbell LLP, Mark Gordon - Score Draw Music, Stephen McCauley - BBC radio / Culture Glitch, Diarmuid Moloney - ROTOR, Mark Nagurski - Cuture Tech .... and more to be announced.

Demo Clinic. This is an excellent opportunity to have your demo dissected, digested and reviewed by our panel of industry experts who will advise on production quality, musical content, distribution and other potential avenues to further your music career. In addition this year we have also included the opportunity to have your music reviewed online via the soundcloud link on our holding page @ (One track per registration).

Workshops. On the periphery of the *Showcase Music event, a select menu of workshops facilitated by local music education providers shall be available on a drop-in taster basis.

Open Call. If you wish to perform, present or put forward your material for the demo clinic contact Martin McGill @ to express your interest

Culture Tech updates

Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Sir Nicholas Kenyon became Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in October 2007 – the largest performing arts venue in Europe and home to both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. He’s a former Controller of BBC Radio 3, oversaw the BBC’s programming for the Millennium and then ran the BBC’s Live Events and TV Classical Music departments. He was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007. Sir Nicholas will be speaking live at Culture Tech on Friday 31 August – book your tickets now from the website.

Idan Cohen, co-founder of Boxee

As a co-founder and Head of Product, Cohen is responsible for expanding the capabilities of Boxee. Idan conceives the vision of the product and the design of Boxee’s critically-acclaimed user experience. His goal, in line with Boxee’s own philosophy, is to create an intuitive product that merges the simplicity of TV with the richness of the Internet.

Prior to Boxee, Cohen pioneered the Innovation Lab at Comverse, establishing the company as a leader in telecom software and services.

Andrew Dubber

Andrew Dubber is an academic, author, public speaker, blogger, music reviewer, radio and music industry consultant, whisky writer, podcaster, record collector, DJ, broadcaster and record producer.

He is Reader in Music Industries Innovation at Birmingham City University, an advisor to Bandcamp and Planzai, manages half a dozen blogs, and is the founder of New Music Strategies – a pan-European music think tank and strategy group. In his spare time, he coaches productivity and time management.

Grainne Holland and Figure of 8

Culture Tech will play host to the debut performance of a unique collaboration between traditional Irish vocalist Grainne Holland and electronic producer Figure of 8. The audiovisual set will be accompanied by surreal visuals and a live string quartet courtesy of Serenity Strings.

The idea behind the collaboration was to really modernise Irish language in song and make it accessible to non Irish speakers through the music. Thematically and melodically this will be unlike anything ever attempted before using the Irish language.

The music for the performance takes a wide range of influences across the vast, ever expanding, genres of modern dance music, from disco, garage, acid house, traditional North African rhythms, to the cinematic synth scores of Vangelis and John Carpenter.

Gráinne Holland, from West Belfast is a fresh talent in the Irish traditional music circuit with amazing vocal strength and beauty. She’s a regular at many of Europe’s premier folk events and venues.

Figure of 8 is Dermot McGowan, a solo producer of throbbing electronic music based in Belfast. The members of Serenity Strings have accompanied world renowned artists Lady Gaga, Belle and Sebastian, Everything Everything, West Life and Kanye West and have appeared on stage at Ireland’s Meteor Music Awards, The Late Late Show, The Royal Variety Show 2009 and The X Factor 2010.

This is a new direction for all artists involved and is sure to raise a few eyebrows at this years culture tech and beyond!

See the rest of the current Culture Tech lineup at

Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion, based at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him by email to or by visiting