City centre comes alive for Derry’s first ever CultureTECH Festival

The city will be buzzing this weekend as it plays host to an array of talent from the world of media, music and entertainment, as part of CultureTECH.

The four day celebration of all things digital is well underway, and this weekend the industry focus shifts to entertainment, and showcases the latest advances in the world of music and the arts.

Among the events taking place today, Friday, are several superb musical performances, the first of which will be an all-day Pop-Up Store in the Craft Village, courtesy of local record company Smalltown America and featuring a host of artists. This evening will see the Hubb.IT launch party in the Craft Village too, featuring BBC presenter Stephen McCauley and some special guests from 6.30pm onwards.

For all you fans of the Undead, the Nerve Centre’s Secret Cinema will present a special screening of the original ‘Dawn of the Dead’ in a secret location, departing from the Nerve Centre at 8pm, priced £5. If perhaps you prefer a bit of flamboyance, then the Secret Cinema will also screen ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at The Glassworks at 10pm tonight, priced £5.

Tonight’s main attraction will Derry’s biggest electronic music exports, The Japanese Popstars (live) at the Nerve Centre from 9pm.

Having just supported electro-legends Orbital, the Japanese Popstars will be supported on this occasion by Paul Woolford and Psycatron, Screendeath, Fractious & John Craig, Wile Man, Caolan Harkin, Evron19, Steve McCready, Bekuz DJs and more - all for £10.

Tomorrow (Saturday) offers equally an exciting programme of events to cater for all tastes. The afternoon promises fun for all the family in the Guildhall Square at the CultureTECH Picnic headlined by Duke Special, and featuring local favourites Our Krypton Son, Soak and Best Boy Grip. Events are free and run from 1pm-6pm.

The Craft Village will also host a free Dog Ears Children’s Party tomorrow from 1-4pm, while Smalltown America’s Pop-Up Shop will continue in the Craft Village throughout the day too, with a special screening of a new Smalltown America documentary at 8pm in the same venue.

Meanwhile, An Nua Productions presents the unique multi-media theatre production ‘Derry Story’ at the Playhouse on Artillery Street at 7.30pm, and the Secret Cinema will screen ‘Reservoir Dogs’ at The Glassworks at 9pm.

Three stunning musical events will round off Derry’s first ever CultureTECH Festival with a bang tomorrow night.

For the more electronically-inclined, Dermot McGowan’s lauded alter-ego Figure of 8 will perform alongside Grainne Holland at An Culturlann on Gt James’ Street, from 9pm, priced £5. A Smalltown America Party at Masons from 9.30pm will feature Fighting With Wire, More Than Conquerors, Our Krypton Son, Negative Pegasus and guests, priced £5.

Last, but certainly not least, is the most ambitious Jammhouse Sessions ever to take place at the Playhouse from 10pm. An array of top quality local acts including Soak, Our Krypton Son, Verda, Wood-Burning Savages, Rosie-Broadway, JO, and Best Boy Grip all lined up to entertain - all for a mere £7.

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