Billy Bragg headlines the ‘Music for a New Revolution’ festival

Billy Bragg will be peforming at The Nerve Centre next Friday night.
Billy Bragg will be peforming at The Nerve Centre next Friday night.

The ‘Music For A New Revolution’ festival is gearing up to rock Derry next weekend, with Billy Bragg headlining the three-day event.

Some of the best political and topical songwriters from throughout Ireland and the UK will be showcasing their talent at the festival.

Curated by local singer-songwriter Paddy Nash, the event will focus on artists singing about the issues we face as a society, and explore the impact that music can have on our political systems, according to the organisers.

Billy Bragg, ‘The Bard Of Barking’ - regarded as the UK’s leading alternative rock musician and left-wing activist - will open the ‘Music For A New Revolution’ festival with a headline performance at The Nerve Centre on Friday, August 30.

Blending musical elements of folk, punk rock and protest songs, his lyrics deal primarily with political and romantic themes.

Support on the night comes from Teknopeasant, Connor Kelly and Conor McAteer.

The following two nights of the music festival will see a continuation of the ‘Revolution’ theme as local act Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas take over The Glassworks venue on Saturday, August 31.

Support at The Glassworks gig will be from Steve White & The Protest Family, Robb Johnson and Colm Bryce.

Sunday, September 1 sees the festival come to an end at Bennigans Bar with performances from Jinx Lennon, The Wood Burning Savages (unplugged), Eamon Friel and Little Hooks.

The ‘Music For A New Revolution’ Festival is part of the UK City of Culture 2013 programme.

Tickets for all three shows, including a three day festival pass, are available from